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Since the introduction of narcotics in the United States American society has felt the effects of drug use in all aspects of daily living As drug use heightened to new levels in the 1980s the Bush Administration chose to declare a war on drugs Never before in our history had crime been combated with war This war led to the militarization of the United States tactics for overcoming illegal drug use in the US Instead of choosing to combat drug use by putting greater effort into reducing demand the Bush Administration chose to decrease illegal drug supply This required reducing drug supplies from Latin America an area where most of the illegal drugs are produced and trafficked The Clinton Administration has chosen to maintain the drug war The administration has not changed the distribution of funds that are used for combating the drug problem The drug war has continued to demonstrate limited success yet militarization has increased along with spending Since the beginning of the drug war Latin American nations have been targeted by the United States Latin American nations are believed to be the among the major illegal drug producers in the world Illicit drug cultivation has more than tripled in the last four or five years Today Colombia is the worlds leading source of cocaine and the leading cultivator of coca the raw material for cocaine Reuters In 1986 Washington passed the International Narcotics Control Act which required foreign countries to cooperate with US efforts in drug-enforcement The countries could not be certified by the US unless they complied with US demands The executive order given by the President is passed through Congress where it is negotiated and then ratified Certification means a continuation of aid from the United States and gains US favor in international financial situations Most Latin American countries oppose the process but agree to the laws demanded Casteneda Colombia is included in the group of nations seeking re-certification every
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