Monday, November 03, 2008

U.S. Successes

The occupied White House has made a great deal about its successes in drug wars in Colombia, in attempts to get the Congress to ratify a Free Trade agreement with that country. In Mexico, the government is considering legalizing drugs, which has already been successful on a small scale, to end the drug wars that are tearing that country, and the U.S. border, apart.

In Bolivia, our drug efforts really haven't impressed the powers that be there. Of course, any strike against the U.S. elevates the governments in Latin America in the eyes of the populace.

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Saturday that a U.S. government agency was backing criminal groups trying to undermine his leftist government.

He stopped operations by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, saying "there were DEA agents who worked to conduct political espionage and to fund criminal groups so they could launch attacks on the lives of authorities, if not the president."

The U.S. denied political involvement, and DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney said Morales has created "an unfortunate situation."

"We will find other ways to make sure we keep abreast of the drug-trafficking situation through there," Courtney said.

The U.S. responded by adding Bolivia to its anti-narcotics blacklist, which could affect Bolivian exports to the U.S and cost jobs in the poor country.

Despite its recent conflicts with the U.S., Bolivia has been more successful at controlling cocaine than the U.S. ally in the region, Colombia.

The UN has estimated that Bolivia's coca crop — coca is chewed or used in tea in Bolivia, but can be refined into cocaine — increased five per cent in 2007, a fraction of the 27-per-cent jump in Colombia.

Bolivian police working with the DEA agents seized much more cocaine after Morales became president in 2006.

Of course, there are accusations that Morales is protecting his buddies by throwing out our DEA. The drug wars in Latin America are something like the present political election here, all charges are considered viable if they promote our interests there. Legalizing drugs would put a lot of our agents out of work, here and abroad.

An administration that can be trusted would set our efforts in all fields forward by millenia. The left has made tremendous gains throughout the southern continent because of this country's atrocities, particularly Gitmo. Closing down and returning that dark hole would make this country's place in the world a much finer one.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't dare to say our drug policy is the best in the world (drug tourist imports is one of them), but at least it gets results. Unfortunately, it is slowly being overturned by what you call believe-instead-of-facts politics. See here and the 5 items it links to. I guess to Americans this would look like insane freedom, erm oops, softball.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Thanks, yoh-there, the U.S. is being dragged kicking and screaming into rational behavior.

3:03 AM  

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