The War on Drugs in the U.S. and Latin America and The Rise and Fall of Manuel Noriega
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The problem of illegal drug use has presented a long-term challenge to the government of the United States. U.S. citizens, concerned about rising crime and communities devastated by the drug trade, have lobbied the government to do more to curb illegal drug use. Although counternarcotics activities increased in the l97Os, President Ronald Reagan placed greater emphasis on the war on drugs than previous administrations. In the 1 98Os, after some prodding from the administration, the U.S. military reluctantly entered the fight. The role of the military has mainly involved interdiction efforts on the U.S. border and overseas. But combating illegal drug use is an international effort, with many implications for U.S. foreign policy.
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