Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in by Ted Galen Carpenter

By Ted Galen Carpenter

The family section of Washington's battle on medications has got enormous feedback through the years from various members. till lately, despite the fact that, such a lot critics haven't under pressure the wear and tear that the foreign section of the drug warfare has performed to our Latin American associates. That loss of consciousness has all started to alter and Ted wood worker chronicles our disenchantment with the hemispheric drug conflict. a few renowned Latin American political leaders have ultimately dared to criticize Washington whereas even as, the U.S. executive turns out decided to perpetuate, if now not accentuate, the antidrug campaign. Spending on federal antidrug measures additionally maintains to extend, and the strategies hired by way of drug conflict paperwork, either right here and in another country, carry the inflammatory "drug warfare" metaphor towards truth. finishing the prohibitionist procedure might produce quite a few advantages for either Latin American societies and the USA. In a e-book deriving from his paintings on the CATO Institute, Ted wood worker paints an image of this ongoing fiasco.

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61 For all those reasons, drug trafficking per se was deemed a serious menace to the national security of the United States. S. S. S. intelligence community in supporting efforts to counter drug trafficking • Improvements in counternarcotics telecommunications capabilities • More assistance to other nations in establishing and implementing their own drug abuse and education programs. Although portions of the directive remain classified, it is clear that the military and intelligence portions of the document were deemed the most important.

Invasion of Panama failed to derail that summit, despite some anxious moments. ” It committed the four governments to a comprehensive multilateral strategy to fight all facets of the drug trade. The Andean regimes pledged to increase their efforts to disrupt trafficking patterns, prevent the diversion of essential chemicals to drug production operations, and discourage illicit coca cultivation. 47 Although the Cartagena summit was a public relations extravaganza, it produced relatively few substantive policy changes.

The chief minister and two aides of the tiny Caribbean nation of Turks and Caicos were convicted of attempting to arrange a major drug deal in the United States. A 1985 Royal Commission investigative report portrayed the government of the Bahamas as riddled with corruption. Three ministers in the cabinet of Prime Minister Lynden O. Pindling were pressured to resign and two others were dismissed as a result of the report. 45 DEA agents based in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia generally operated under the assumption that a large percentage of police and military personnel were directly involved in the drug trade or at least routinely received bribes from drug-trafficking organizations.

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