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vendettas (Cornez, 1992, pp. 17-18). The 41st president, George Bush, used the drug war as a justification for the invasion of Panama, when the real reason for that action was to "punish an insubordinate dictator" (Cornez, p. 17). President Ronald Reagan, his successor President George Bush, and President Bill Clinton punished Cuba for being communist, while proclaiming that the Castro government is deeply involved in the drug trade (Cornez, p. 18). The way in which the American drug war is waged throughout Latin America causes many skeptics to believe that the real purpose of the American anti-drug efforts in this region is the perpetuation of United States colonialism (Cornez, p. 18). The United Nations reports that a total of 104 countries "are participating in the drug market as producers, consumers, transfer points, or money laundering sites" (Mora-Mass, 1992, pp. 18-19). Most of these countries are not treated by the United States the way in which this country treats the South American nations involved in the drug trade (Cornez, p. 18). At the San Antonio Drug Summit, however, President George Herbert Walker Bush said that everything "we do must conform to democratic principles. None of us wants a drug-free dictatorship . . . We are all committed to defending democracy and its principles as we defeat the scourge of drugs" (Bush, 1992, p. 146). The former president's words and the deeds of the United States government, however, do not always coincide in South America.
Political leaders in the United States have also used the
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Effects of Government Anti-Drug Policies
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