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Friday June 10, 2011

Reports Suggest Money Spent by U.S. on Latin American Drug War Not Justified

Reports Suggest Money Spent by U.S. on Latin American Drug War Not Justified

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Recently released reports from government agencies say that President Obama’s administration has shown no evidence that the money spent on Latin America’s war on drugs has slowed the flow of drugs to the U.S.

In one of the reports, Claire McCaskill, chair of the Senate Homeland Security committee said, “We are wasting tax dollars and throwing money at a problem without even knowing what we are getting in return.”

Another report came from the Government Accountability Office, and the LA Times wrote that both reports are critical of the $3 billion spent on defense contractors over the last five years.

The Department of Defense has called its system for tracking the money “error prone,” while the State Department does not even attempt to measure the effect of its programs meant to thwart the drug business.

The Obama administration objects to the reports however, and says there have been a significant number of cash, drug, and weapons seizures along the Mexico border since the president took office, and White House officials say that the president’s national security team spends a large part of its time of counter-narcotics efforts, but it just doesn’t make headlines.

Still, Bruce Bagley, U.S. counter-narcotics efforts researcher and chair of international studies at the University of Miami at Coral Gables said, ” I think we have wasted our money hugely. The effort has had corrosive effects on every country it has touched.”