What, do you mean the US? Thailand is no worse than most other destinations and certainly better than the US, where everyone is treated like a potential terrorist, or the UK, which is just an inefficient shambles. I have never had any trouble with Thai immigration processing at BKK.
Bottom line here is, if you are financially secure you bypass Thailand as an expat. If you want a 2 week holiday as a sex pat then perfect. They made the laws. They complain about sex pats but pass laws to discourage people with money.. Personally I could care less now. Let China fill the void if they can get their economy going. If not, then your loss IMO.
" Narong, who was found to have a history of drug abuse"
Should he have been free to roam around. The only way to win the 'war on drugs' is for a worldwide death penalty for junkies and their suppliers.