2013 February 03 Sunday
Drug War Cheap Compared To MidEast Wars

Our total cost for the Iraq war is in the trillions of dollars. Afghanistan is in the hundreds of billions (and pretty well wasted beyond the initial invasion). By contrast, drug war in Central America is cheap. It could be more cost effective for armchair warriors to get their kicks watching battle scenes from Colombia and Central America. We just need reality TV shows where cameramen follow around government forces as they battle drug lords.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office provides a rare glimpse into the Central American war on drugs. Between 2008 and 2011, the report finds, the government spent $97 million for gear and training for its Central American partners. On the plus side, itís laughably low compared to the more than $640 billion (and rising) the U.S. has spent on the war in Afghanistan.

Latin American reality TV with English language commentators explaining it all. Interview soldiers and drug traffickers in silhouette as they explain how they intend to kill each other. Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Colombia can provide plenty of characters: government ministers, innocent kids playing near jungle air fields, soldiers at jungle roadblocks.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 February 03 07:50 PM 

Nom de plume said at February 3, 2013 9:16 PM:

So that's how much we've spent overseas on the Drug War. Any idea how much we've spent domestically? I've seen numbers ranging from $15 to $75 billion a year.

bbartlog said at February 4, 2013 6:36 AM:

The (domestic) human cost of the drug war is astronomical, though. To say nothing of the Mexican dead. Looking at just the military expenditures in South America hardly gives you a complete picture.

Zamman said at February 4, 2013 11:30 AM:

I believe wars (both Middle-East and on drugs) should end. So far they've accomplished nothing except the deterioration of society. Wars only mean more money for the rich.

Pillhead said at February 4, 2013 10:27 PM:

I'm all for the drug war as long as it's just against the narcotraficantes and not the local friendly Dr. Feelgood.

Oh yeah, and anyone who wants to make OTC cough medicine a controlled substance is lucky that Big Pharma has deep pockets who can buy off the kind of idiot Religious Right nuts in Congress who would otherwise support such a thing...cuz otherwise they'd all be dead.

Check it Out said at February 5, 2013 3:55 PM:

There's no war on drugs or against narcotraficantes or organized crime. The only war is against the people, the working people. At least it is so in Latin America. The main narcotraficantes are the big politicians who also created organized crime to collect quotas from every small business owners "for protection". Of course if you refuse to pay you'll get killed after a nice previous torture. Tens if not hundreds of now economically-dead dessert towns in Mexico. Organized crime never goes against the big companies like banks, tv stations, big supermarket chains, snack food chains or national sized bakeries, banks, coca-cola, etc. It stinks worse in Latin America right now, than the U.S. back in the 20's when Al Capone and s**t.

So the real actual organized criminals and narcos are now visible and they shamesly rule in Latin American countries: presidents, govenors, mayors, federal police, local police, corporation owners, and the whole catholic church swine like cardinals, bishops and priests who even bless the guns who "will do justice in the name of God"

The scary thing is that it's happening right next door and soon coming to a neighbour near you.

Randall Parker said at February 5, 2013 7:49 PM:

All I am saying is give cheap war a chance.

Check it Out said at February 6, 2013 3:07 PM:

I know, I know. I didn't mean it as a contratiction to your post. Yeah, cheap war is better than expensive war.

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