Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cocaine War Cannot Be Won From the Air.(Editorial Page)


Different landscape, different objectives, same tactics the airborne chemical warfare waged on coca farms could have much in common with the attempt to turn the tide of Southeast Asian jungle warfare with the defoliant Agent Orange.

Air power alone can't eradicate cocaine production any more than it could rip the canopy off an entire jungle to expose the enemy beneath. The war has to be fought on the ground, too.

U.S. policy acknowledges that lesson, offering Colombian farmers they're not enemies, just people trying to reap a living from the soil an alternative to herbicidal bombardment. …

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