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U.S. Drug Control Strategy and Latin America

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On September 5. 1989 President Bush in a nationally televised address presented his first National Drug Control Strategy to the Congress and American people. From the administrations point of view this was the first time the Federal government had clearly developed and articulated a cohesive plan for combating the epidemic use of illegal drugs in the U.S. The drug war had officially become a national priority with international implications. Is the production and distribution of II legal drugs, particularly cocaine, a threat to national security The American people believe it is. When asked by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations to identify the biggest problems facing the country today, drug abuse was identified as the number-one threat Reilly 11. Similarly, U.S. national security strategy makes the reduction of illegal drugs into this country critical to survival as a free and independent nation, with its fundamental values intact and its institutions and people secure Franko-Jones 6. Acknowledging the production and distribution of II legal substances as a national security issue the Bush administration identified the Andean cocaine-producing countries of Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru as the first front in its war on drugs. In concert with the leaders of these countries President Bush stepped up efforts to curb cocaine supply at its source. This essay will focus on President Bushs Andean initiative, U.S. objectives and policy with respect to Latin Americas role in the supply and distribution of cocaine, and will conclude with some remarks for a course of action for U.S. policy.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Pharmacology
  • Military Intelligence

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