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by William L. Marcy PhD

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ISBN: 155652949X
Author: William L. Marcy PhD
Language: English
Publisher: Chicago Review Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2010)
Pages: 336
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
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Author William L. Marcy contends that by conflating anti-Communist and counternarcotics policies. The book begins with a study of .

Author William L. narcotics efforts in the 1970s which were ineffective at best against the drug "cartels" and led to a heightened explosion of drug smuggling by the end of the decade. policies also failed to develop alternative crop programs that could counter the powerful influence of coca as a cash crop especially as the economies of Latin America collapsed due to massive debt and consequent inflation.

William L. Marcy১ ফেব্রুয়ারী, ২০১০. Viewing the problem through the lens of United States policy, the author puts forth the theory that, through the conflation of the Cold War and the war on drugs, the United States helped establish and strengthen the drug trade as the area's economic base. Marcy has written an extensive and cogent historical critique of the . war against the cocaine trade originating in Latin America. As the title indicates, he shows how this counterproductive war has led to a thriving drug industry in the Americas.

The book then explores how the .

Marcy explores how the counternarcotics policies of the 1970s collapsed during the 1980s when economic calamity, Andean guerrilla insurgencies, and Reagan’s anti-Communist struggle with Nicaragua and Cuba became conflated as part of the War on Drugs. The book then explores how the . invasion of Panama and narcotics related violence throughout Andean region during the 1990s led to the militarization of the War on Drugs as a way to confront narcotics production, narco-traffickers, and narco-guerrillas alike.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Viewing the problem through the lens of United States policy, the author puts forth the theory that, through the conflation of the Cold War and the war on drugs, the United States helped establish and strengthen the drug trade as the area’s economic base. This authoritative and timely polemic traces the counternarcotics stance of the 1970's through George W. Bush's administration through a wealth of information and unflinching directness, asserting that the drug war will continue with no end in sight.

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Drawing on declassified documents and extensive firsthand research, The Politics of Cocaine takes a hard look at the role the United States played in creating the drug industry that thrives in Central and South America. Author William L. Marcy contends that by conflating anti-Communist and counternarcotics policies, the United States helped establish and strengthen the drug trade as the area’s economic base. Increased militarization, destabilization of governments, uncontrollable drug trafficking, more violence, and higher death tolls resulted.

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Jesmi
William L. Marcy filters out the noise of newspaper headlines and provides the proper context to the drug war. He brilliantly illustrates the true motivations behind our government's interventions throughout Latin America with the drug war. Marcy thoroughly documents several instances in which our federal government and/or intelligence agencies have overlooked rampant drug trafficking links with our foreign allies. These kinds of allegations aren't easy to prove, but Marcy supplied more than enough evidence to prove his point. Time and time again, the U.S. government has supported and armed brutal right-wing dictators who were neck-deep in the drug trade as long these strongmen were viewed as allies in the Cold War.
Anarasida
Good book great info
Dusar
I have read this book from cover to cover. It is an expansive study of the the War on Drugs in the Andean and Central American regions.

The book begins with a study of U.S. narcotics efforts in the 1970s which were ineffective at best against the drug "cartels" and led to a heightened explosion of drug smuggling by the end of the decade. U.S. policies also failed to develop alternative crop programs that could counter the powerful influence of coca as a cash crop especially as the economies of Latin America collapsed due to massive debt and consequent inflation. However, the book's central thesis is that the War on Drugs and the Cold War then became conflated during the 1980s as the Cold War heated up and the drug epidemic was popularized in the U.S. The existence of narcoguerrillas including the Sendero Luminoso and the FARC as well was the conflict in Central America (where, as the book alleges, the Contras, Noriega, as well as the Cuban and Nicaraguan Sandinista governments were all in one way or another involved in drug smuggling) led to this conflation.

As a result of he situation in the Andes and Central America, counternarcotics policies ignored underlying economic issues driving coca production. This situation inflamed the rural areas where coca growing occurred and caused the peasantry to side with anyone who would protect their livelihood. The book further goes on to say that this illicit economy distorted the legal economy and shaped their liberalization programs which were dependent on narcodollars.

The book progresses into the 1990s and 2000s and argues that the conflation of the War on Drugs with the Cold War created an unwinnable situation that escalated the violence, even as the "Cold War" with Russia ended. Harsh counternarcotics policies directed by the U.S. led to stepped up violence especially in Colombia with the implementation of Plan Colombia. In Peru despite the defeat of the Sendero, Fujimori's corruption and economic/political reality led to a continuation of coca production which has spiked in recent years. In Bolivia, U.S. policy accompanied with neoliberalization became equated with U.S. neo-imperialism leading to the rise of Evo Morales - the leader of the coca growers union.

In the end, the book argues that it is the coca growing peasants which must be given alternatives in order to wean them off of coca as well as their support for insurgency and/or political unrest. Moreover, the book makes the point that peace cannot be achieved with the barrel of a gun and that Andean militaries must return to their primary role of national defense rather than counternarcotics because this only alienates the peasantry and opens the military up to corruption (which is made evident in this book).

While the writing moves quickly and is accessible, the book is not light reading because there is a lot of information to absorb. I have read several books on the War on Drugs and this book is the most circumspect and convincing explanation as to why the drug war has persisted. If you are ideologically close-minded on either side of the spectrum you will not like this book because nobody is immune to this book's scrutiny. I have barely dented the many arguments and points that the author makes in his book. I will say though that the current situation in the Andean region including the peace negotiations with the FARC are exactly what this author has argued in this book.
Nikobar
I'm a graduate student writing my thesis about the Andean coca industry and this book is easily one of the best books for getting involved in the topic. It gives a great description of the overarching issues at hand and it serves as a launching point for other research because it is all very heavily cited and very well researched.

The author does seem to have a bit of a libertarian, anti-US government bias, but he managed to keep it from interfering too much with the prose and analysis. Considering the topic, I'm surprised he wasn't more biased.

Buy this book if you want to learn about the effects of America exporting its drug war onto Latin America. You won't regret it.
Jorad
This author has done an excellent job of researching a highly complex international situation. Marcy offers the reader a clearly written description of the the problem, and describes a myriad of historical and political forces that have influenced the subject. By all means take a read!

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