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Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror, Part 2

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Part 1 concluded: "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...." pp 75-6.


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Pablo Escobar (druglord series, undated), by Wikipedia

There are severe limitations on quoting from a book published less than seventy-five years previously, so I will just extract a few further words from the book:

"The involvement of the United States in the downfall of Pablo Escobar did not end cocaine production in Colombia or its export to America. (In fact) with the elimination of Escobar and his brand of populism, the cartels were able to penetrate all sections of the Colombian economy.... (T)he narco-military network was groomed to perform its task of defending the class interests of the narco-bourgeoisie without compromise, which would eventually turn the Colombian narco-state into something far beyond anything Escobar could have imagined." pp 79-80.

All quotations are from the book "Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror," by Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle (2011), published by Monthly Review Press.


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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