Some prominent Latin American political leaders have dared to criticize Washington’s actions and even hint that the option of legalization should be considered. At the same time, the U.S. government seems determined to perpetuate, even escalate, the antidrug crusade.
Spending on federal antidrug measures also continues to increase, and both the domestic and international tactics employed by the government in the name of an uncompromisingly drug-free society bring the inflammatory metaphor of war closer to reality. Ending the prohibitionist system would produce numerous benefits for the United States and Latin America alike. In this hard-hitting book, Ted Galen Carpenter takes a broad view of the fiasco that is Washington’s drug war and provides a candid portrait of the situation in Latin America. "Bad Neighbor Policy" is a must-read for anyone interested in the real story behind our relationship with the countries south of our border.