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    America's war on drugs and the way it affects the region. (Inspired by Sankofaa)

    Quote Originally Posted by sankofaa View Post
    lol that's still not the US's doing.

    People on this board have personified the reason for that internal corruption. Look at robblaton. An admittedly subpar attorney put in position because he has an influential family with connections. The politicians down there are no different, and the lax culture and nepotism is the cause of the corruption. The US is basically saying "get your sh together because this is now affecting us, and we arent going to have another cocaine cowboys era on our soil.
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    It's the truth. The US could care less about the internal foolishness going on in these countries until it affects the US, and why should we? Don't all countries put priority on their own interests when dealing with others?

    The US war on drugs is probably the best example the American grand narrative. It costs the US half of government expenditure and people don’t care because it concerns the value of “justice.” And it is concerned the disharmonious relationship the Government has with the market. It is best described to West Indians as a result of the Monroe doctrine.

    Nations in the Caribbean and Latin America have not been able to use more sensible measures to fight drug trafficking and treat addiction because they have had to follow the political inadequacies found in US policy. In this half of the world there 39 independent nations and there are 8 countries with flags patterned after the US today precisely because they’ve been invaded due to not following US policy. Most of these countries have also had dictators installed during the Cold War. The fact of the matter is, everything that goes on in Latin America and the Caribbean has become US business because they’ve said so and proved it.

    When thinking specifically about the problem of the War on Drugs, the US is entirely to blame. They are the largest drug market in the world. There are more users of drugs here in the world per capita. And they do not treat addiction as an illness, but as a crime except the addicted is very wealthy (read white as well).
    When thinking even more specifically about the Cocaine Cowboys era, that was the biggest domestic problem caused by arrogant US foreign policy since…. I’m inclined to say the Spanish American War. My next post will include a bulleted timeline, but basically most Latin American Dictators who were installed by the CIA (most Latin American dictators were installed by the CIA) helped smuggle drugs.
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    Cocaine Cowboys Era and CIA backed Latin American Dictators/Revolutions

    • Monroe Doctrine signed 1823 – US subsequently acquired PR, Cuba, Guam, the Phillipines, American Samoa, the VI, Alaska, Hawaii, Wake Island
    • 1903 US orchestrates Panama’s separating from Colombia (W.I Panamanian culture would not even exist if it weren’t for US meddling)
    • (30s) Rafael Trujillo Installed in DR and Jorge Ubico installed in Guatemala
    • 1925 – 1959 Cuba has Machado installed by the US, and then has another coupe and then Bautista is installed and then the USSR helps/installs Castro.
    • La Comunidad, the White rich Cuban plantocracy moves to Puerto Rico and Miami and basically builds Coral Gables, Miami.
    • Bay of Pigs invasion can be another installation attempt that failed and older Cubans hate Kennedy to this day (50s)
    • (60s) Pedro Pan kids arrive, Camp Matecumbe, the orphanage in the “Everglades” opens
    • (66) Cuban Adjustment Act gives Cuban exiles everything. Healthcare fore 6 months, education, etc
    • (67) Anastacio Somoza installed in Nicaragua
    • (70s) American hippies who have grown up start travelling in search for better marijuana, find it in Colombia and begin to smuggle. Everglades City with its 5 families becomes a major importation center and the process of dropping bricks in the Everglades swamp begins
    • (1973) Pinochet is installed in Peru
    • (1975) Bahamas bans Cuban Refugees from lobster fishing in their waters. Many fisherman at this time are Military trained, upper class Comunidad Cubans and Pedro Pan that loose their jobs start smuggling marijuana or “square grouper”
    • Marijuana becomes so cheap in Florida that smugglers moved on to cocaine, the REAL reason Marijuana is called the “Gateway Drug” Much of Miami’s government is completely corrupted by Cuban drug pushers
    • (70s?) Colombian, and Peruvian farmers switch to coca entirely
    • US government famously allows Cubans to come and not Haitians (read the racism) and Castro opens the port of Mariel and empties maximum security prisons. Marielitos congregate in Little Havana and make it the working class place it is today and most criminals resume criminal activity and become the less organized portion of the criminal community
    • (83-89) Noriega Installed and taken out, during which time he is the main banker for Colombian Narcotics dealers
    • (81-85) Cocaine wars, Liberty City Riots, Max Mermelstien snitches and Medellin Cartel is brought down over the next few years
    • Central Americans, Nicaraguans, Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans (those most affected by US policy) emigrate to the southwest and their criminals contribute to drug violence there although not as much as Colombians and Cubans in Miami
    • (91) USSR Falls, Castro Opens up travel to the states, the Balseros (rafters) leave Cuba on anything that would float causing a naturalization crisis,Crime finally peaks in Maimi and New York (before Guliani thank you very fkking much), L.A sees rise in gang violence
    • (92) L.A. Riots
    • (94) wet foot dry foot (adjustment to Cuban adjustment act)
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    I forgot to mention the invasion of Grenada. But the point is, the US can Hiccup and completely change the way things are done in these small countries.

    Half of the world's incarcerated are in the US. Mostly for drug involvement. It's known that drugs are a health problem that CREATES crime not the other way around. However it is politically difficult to behave that way. So the US demands drugs and also demands that these countries that have had little time to develop and mature without a CIA invasion, spend all kinds of money that could go to Keynesian policies, or back into the free market.

    On top of that, Latin American and Caribbean Countries don't have the levels of addiction that the US has. Their problem is the US's problem not the other way around and while the US might be saying openly "get your sh!t together" it is a completely hypocritical statement.
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    so rude. Nobody cares about my sh!t? Bump.
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