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"Cocaine, Death Squads, and The War on Terror"

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Is the name of a book subtitled "U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia." It was written by Olivar Villar and Drew Cottle and published by Monthly Review Press, copyright 2011. I've just completed Chapter Five, "The Narco-Cartel System (1980-1993)," and I'm here to recommend that you read this book as soon as you can lay your hands on it.


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Pablo Escobar (druglord series, undated), by Wikipedia

A quotation on pages 75-76 really grabbed my attention: "The CIA and the Bush family had their own reasons for targeting the Medellin cartel. The Florida distribution of cocaine and money laundering had been largely in the hands of ex-CIA Cuban-Americans, not Colombians, and Escobar's rise to power had cost the lives of many of them....Jeb Bush had numerous dealings with the Miami BCCI concerning his investments in real estate, including a company controlled by a BCCI customer who was later sent to prison for defending BCCI and other U.S. Banks....In 1989, President George Bush authorized a covert operation to track down leaders of the Medellin cartel....In the same year, the U.S. invaded Panama and Manual Noriega's government...."

More later.

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
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