Latin America in American national security

January 12, 2010 08:54

The following are some of the challenges faced in that part of the world, which also happens to be a region in close proximity to our shores:

In the summer of 2009, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report at the request of the U.S Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  What they found was that the flow of cocaine transiting Venezuela towards the U.S., West Africa and Europe increased more than four times from 2004 to 2007 and continues to sharply increase. The majority of the cocaine originates in Colombia and goes to the United States but also a substantial amount goes to Europe. It takes place with the cooperation of Venezuelan authorities via air, land and sea. Venezuela has extended a life line to Colombian illegally armed narco- terrorist groups like the FARC by providing them with support and safe heaven both inside their country and along the border. FULL STORY

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