December 30, 2013

The Drug War: A Mission Gone Wrong

Mattathias Schwartz, The New Yorker

The Associated Press

The U.S. military monitors what it can of the hundreds of tons of cocaine that enter the U.S. by plane, boat, automobile, submarine, tunnel, backpack, and catapult. Its maps show red lines veining South America and North America with such tangled complexity that they are known as “spaghetti slides.” Most of the air routes, however, follow a predictable path. They begin in Venezuela and head north, avoiding Colombian airspace, where authorities can shoot down suspicious aircraft. Then they turn west, toward La Moskitia.

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TAGGED: Latin America, Cocaine, Drug War, War On Drugs

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