By Ted Galen Carpenter
The household section of Washington's warfare on medicinal drugs has acquired enormous feedback through the years from various participants. till lately, even though, such a lot critics haven't under pressure the wear and tear that the foreign part of the drug conflict has performed to our Latin American pals. That loss of cognizance has all started to alter and Ted wood worker chronicles our disenchantment with the hemispheric drug struggle. a few favourite Latin American political leaders have eventually dared to criticize Washington whereas while, 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 keeps to extend, and the strategies hired by means of drug conflict forms, either right here and overseas, deliver the inflammatory "drug battle" metaphor in the direction of fact. finishing the prohibitionist method could produce a number of advantages for either Latin American societies and the U.S.. In a publication deriving from his paintings on the CATO Institute, Ted wood worker paints an image of this ongoing fiasco.
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Instead, the drug traffickers regrouped, forming smaller and less easily detected organizations. The Colombian drug trade became more decentralized and marginally less inclined to resort to violence against government officials and innocent civilians. In other respects, though, the smashing of the Medellín and Cali cartels produced few lasting results. The lower-profile approach of the Clinton administration did not even mean that it was prepared to deemphasize the militarization of the war on drugs.
One important reason for the invasion was the mounting evidence of Noriega’s involvement in the drug trade. S. officials had praised his efforts on behalf of the drug war as well as his role in supporting Washington’s campaign against Marxist forces in Central America. S. government could no longer ignore evidence of his collusion with drug traffickers, his apparent murder of a prominent political opponent, and other egregious offenses (see chapter 5). Although it may have been tolerable for the United States to collude with a suspected drug trafficker in the early and mid-1980s to pursue other foreign policy objectives, at the end of the decade it was no longer acceptable.
53 Rangel castigated the administration for failing to use some tools that Congress had given it to cut off foreign aid to countries that did not cooperate in America’s antidrug effort. ) Rangel’s criticism was indicative of an increasingly militant attitude toward drug-source countries in the mid-1980s—a militancy that crossed party lines. F o rg i n g t h e B a d N ei gh b o r P o l ic y | 29 Public and government hysteria about drugs reached record levels in 1986. A major catalyst for the upsurge in demand for a more hard-line policy was the highly publicized death of basketball star Len Bias from an overdose of cocaine.