18). This shift in missions has precipitated the development of significant resent-ment and backbiting between the two governmental departments (Lane, et al, pp. 22-23). The biggest of all winners from the reorientation of the American anti-drug effort in South America is the U.S. Southern Command (Lane, et al, p. 21). The Southern Command was almost out of business following the end of the Cold War and the transfer of control of the Panama Canal to Panama. The drug war in South America has breathed new life into Southern Command (Lane, et al, p. 21).
As strange as it sounds, the South American drug cartels are
also beneficiaries of the United States anti-drug effort in South America (Lane, et al, p. 22). One aspect of the drug war in South America involves the training by American military personnel of the military personnel in selected South American countries in order to better prepare the South American military organizations to operate against the drug cartels. Bolivia is one site of such military training. Of the Bolivian military personnel receiving the training, however, approximately 85 percent are one-year
conscripts (Lane, et al, p. 22). Not only are these newly trained personnel going to be lost to the South American military organizations before they can have any effect in the anti-drug effort, many of the personnel will be hired by the drug cartels on their release from military service, and will be paid premium wages because of their newly acquired expertise provided by the United States military through the anti-drug effort (Lane et al, p. 22).
South American military authorities in countries targeted by the American anti-drug effort are also major beneficiaries of the drug war (Conniff, 1992, p. 20). There is strong evidence that the military authorities in the target countries expend most of the American money they receive for anti-drug efforts to pursue their own political goals by attacking the political ...
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