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

By Ted Galen Carpenter

The family section of Washington's warfare on medicinal drugs has got significant feedback through the years from a number of participants. until eventually lately, notwithstanding, such a lot critics haven't under pressure the wear that the foreign section of the drug battle has performed to our Latin American friends. That loss of recognition has began to alter and Ted chippie chronicles our disenchantment with the hemispheric drug battle. a few sought after Latin American political leaders have eventually dared to criticize Washington whereas whilst, the U.S. govt turns out made up our minds to perpetuate, if no longer accentuate, the antidrug campaign. Spending on federal antidrug measures additionally keeps to extend, and the strategies hired by means of drug warfare paperwork, either right here and out of the country, deliver the inflammatory "drug warfare" metaphor in the direction of truth. finishing the prohibitionist procedure might produce quite a few advantages for either Latin American societies and the us. In a booklet deriving from his paintings on the CATO Institute, Ted wood worker paints an image of this ongoing fiasco.

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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. S. military role in the hemispheric drug war. S. 16 Nervous critics in Latin America and the United States had reason to wonder how effective the latter limitation would be in light of events during the final months of 1989.

Military role in the hemispheric drug war. S. 16 Nervous critics in Latin America and the United States had reason to wonder how effective the latter limitation would be in light of events during the final months of 1989. S. military forces had the authority to pursue and arrest drug traffickers overseas, even without the consent of the host government. S. Special Forces team was mobilized to apprehend reputed Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who was reportedly in Panama. S. 17 The November 3 reinterpretation apparently removed that obstacle.

In marked contrast to his predecessors, Cheney was receptive to the idea of greater military participation in the drug war. He quickly implemented Bush’s NSDD in September 1989 by establishing new guidelines for an expanded role. ”32 Shortly thereafter Admiral William Crowe, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs, delivered forceful farewell comments in which he emphasized the military’s willingness to do battle against the new threat to national security and asserted that the American people would have to give up drugs.

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