By Ted Galen Carpenter
The family part of Washington's conflict on medicines has bought enormous feedback through the years from quite a few contributors. until eventually lately, although, such a lot critics haven't under pressure the wear and tear that the overseas section of the drug conflict has performed to our Latin American pals. That loss of realization has started to alter and Ted wood worker chronicles our disenchantment with the hemispheric drug warfare. a few in demand Latin American political leaders have eventually dared to criticize Washington whereas whilst, the U.S. executive turns out made up our minds to perpetuate, if now not accentuate, the antidrug campaign. Spending on federal antidrug measures additionally maintains to extend, and the strategies hired by means of drug battle forms, either right here and in another country, deliver the inflammatory "drug struggle" metaphor towards truth. finishing the prohibitionist method might produce a number of advantages for either Latin American societies and the us. In a e-book deriving from his paintings on the CATO Institute, Ted chippie paints an image of this ongoing fiasco.
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Southern Command in Panama who had been training indigenous antidrug strike forces in Bolivia and Peru had been restricted to their base camps; they were prohibited from accompanying the South American units on patrol. S. forces to go out on “routine” patrols in areas considered secure. S. 14 It is extremely unlikely that such a comprehensive plan for a drug war offensive was formulated only after the Galán assassination. A more probable scenario is that the basic elements of the 38 | B a d N ei gh b o r P o l ic y plan had been under consideration for weeks or even months and that the administration merely used the assassination as a pretext for implementing its strategy.
Within days of the Galán assassination, the Bush administration offered $65 million in emergency military aid to Bogotá, and that step was followed by the announcement of a broader “Andean Initiative” in early September. The Andean Initiative centered around Bush’s pledge to militarize the drug war’s supply-side campaign. “Our message to the drug cartels is this: The rules have changed. We will help any government that wants our help. ”12 Contrary to its official justifications, the administration was not merely responding to the bloody events in Colombia.
Former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger stated: “Five years ago, when Congress enabled the military to become involved in the fight against drugs, many of us hoped that military equipment, personnel, and technology would be put into the field—as they finally have been in Bolivia. ”67 The dramatic escalation of the drug war in Latin America had begun. The Reagan administration’s policy accurately reflected public attitudes in the United States. 69 That trend would become even more apparent during the next administration.