US military expands its billion dollar drug war in Latin America

Image: hood.jonathan/flickr In the most expensive initiative in Latin America…

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In the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War, the U.S. has militarized the battle against the traffickers, spending more than $20 billion in the past decade. U.S. Army troops, Air Force pilots and Navy ships outfitted with Coast Guard counternarcotics teams are routinely deployed to chase, track and capture drug smugglers.

The sophistication and violence of the traffickers is so great that the U.S. military is training not only law enforcement agents in Latin American nations, but their militaries as well, building a network of expensive hardware, radar, airplanes, ships, runways and refueling stations to stem the tide of illegal drugs from South America to the U.S.

According to State Department and Pentagon officials, stopping drug-trafficking organizations has become a matter of national security because they spread corruption, undermine fledgling democracies and can potentially finance terrorists.

Read the rest of the Associated Press report at Fox News

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  • mj

    What’s the point? First u hve to bring down the the demand,then the supply will take care of itself.we did drug interdiction when I was on submarines in the will nvr fully get rid of these guys!!! The u.s is wasting money!!!

  • Freddie Mac

    No shit. Do we really need to spend $20 Billion on drug warfare?

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    spending money like we aint broke! way to go