Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The United States has spent $4.7 billion since 2000 fighting drugs and the insurgency in Colombia.

U.S. worried by scandal rocking Colombia
Inquiry links state to drugs and gangs

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan The Boston Globe
Published: February 28, 2007

BOGOTÁ: Just two weeks before a high-profile visit by President George W. Bush to Latin America, the United States' key partner on the continent is engulfed in an extraordinary scandal that threatens to undermine the credibility of U.S. alliances and policy priorities from Mexico to Argentina.
The widening investigation linking dozens of political allies of Colombia's president, Álvaro Uribe, to the country's rightist death squads and drug traffickers has started to erode support on Capitol Hill for Colombia, the biggest recipient of U.S. aid outside the Middle East and Afghanistan.


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