Drug paper - April 25, 2011 POL 378Walt Vanderbush Position...

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April 25, 2011 POL 378—Walt Vanderbush Position Paper: Drug Trade “US and Latin American Drug Initiatives to Combat Narcoterrorism” Throughout the late 20 th century, illicit drug trafficking was by far the most contentious issue on the inter-American agenda. The United States determined the principal source of drug-related issues stemmed from supply centers in the region of Latin America and imposed strict policies of supply elimination and interdiction of shipments. Many critics have opposed the US international drug policy believing that solely consumer demand for illicit substances is to blame. I will argue that both Latin America and the United States can benefit from joint efforts to eradicate “narcoterrorism” and that American drug trade policies are not the primary factor in increased violence. Although the United States would serve their own interests by adopting more stringent domestic policies on drugs, their interests in curtailing illicit drug trafficking throughout the hemisphere is a vital interest to promote democracy and ensure security. The United States should continue to enforce strict eradication and indictment policies, but broaden their scope of interest including the countries where sustainability is destroyed and social unrest has emerged. Until a new philosophy materializes differing from supply and demand reductions, drug use and abuses will be widespread and US policy must reflect that reality. The most obvious truth in this contested debate is that drug-related issues are not going to suddenly stop. Someone will always use drugs, no matter what public health policy or criminal sanction is imposed. The more practical solution would be to assess what can be done to modify policies devoted to reducing the production of drugs, and
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2 understand the effects of the war on drugs on citizen security and state corruption. From a US perspective, surmounting violence and corruption nearing the US border is an obvious threat to security. In response, it is not difficult to understand the movement to suppress the production of illicit drugs throughout the hemisphere. In pursuit of this goal, during the 1970s to the 1990s the government advocated two approaches, “First, elimination of the sources of supply, by destroying crops and laboratory facilities; second, interdiction of shipments bound for the U.S. markets, by conducting surveillance at the border and on the high seas”. 1 Under this strategy, drugs were perceived ultimately as a national security interest that highlighted the international threats of damage and violence. This threat was not unwarranted, “Countries of the region produced or transshipped more than 80% of the cocaine and 90% of the marijuana that entered the United States.” 2 These efforts of eradication had significant effects on marijuana but not very much on cocaine. The United States made it their priority to take on drug suppliers
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