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We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them Refuge


We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them Refuge

Victoria Sanford

As the Trump administration slashes refugee levels, an expert on Central America writes that US foreign policy decisions across the region are at the roots of the current refugee crisis.

Migrants seeking asylum in the United States await near the US-Mexico border at El Chaparral crossing in Tijuana, Mexico on May 7, 2017. (Photo by Guillermo Arias /AFP/Getty Images)


And, another reason that every citizen of voting age should run from the parties of the Duopoly.


Nature puts conservatives here to kill us off.


The War on Drugs employs millions - politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military - that probably couldn’t find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners.
L. Neil Smith

Nixon advisor: We created the war on drugs to “criminalize” black people and the anti-war left
John Ehrlichman

The human murder by poverty in Latin America is secret. Every year, without making a sound, three Hiroshima bombs explode over communities that have become accustomed to suffering with clenched teeth. Eduardo Galeano


You mean the plants and the animals? Take it your cynicism procedes you.


Nature puts conservatives here to kill us off, as it does with all other predators like hyenas to kill off the prey populations before they destroy the habitat.


Another part of the World FUBAR’d by America’s long-standing, irrational fear and hatred of any form of “Communism” or “Socialism”. The people there would have been much better off without U.S. “help”.


Its not “THEIR failed war on drugs”, it was initiated by Nixon operatives as another poster noted.

Nancy Reagan expanded it with her “just say no to drugs” mantra that history has proven was interpreted as JUST SAY YO TO DRUGS by the gubmit sanctioned opioid purveyors and unsanctioned drug cartels.


So much history left out of US involvement in Central/South America installing dictators over democratically elected leaders. I guess this just focuses on Central America. Thank you for the reminders of all our failed destructive/dehumanizing policies.


“Open Veins of Latin America” published almost 50 years ago, and very little has changed but the names and faces.


" The U.S. could do much to stave off violence."

True, but the only violence that the U.S. is interested in stopping, is any violence that is a threat to America’s hubris and hegemony. As long as the dictators are our stooges and support the vested interests of the U.S. it does not matter how violent they are!


Yes, when Nancy said: “just say no to drugs” what she meant was,SAY NO TO THE DRUGS THAT THE CIA DOES NOT CONTROL!