A Trojan horse: Anti-communism and the war on drugs

  title={A Trojan horse: Anti-communism and the war on drugs},
  author={Bruce Bullington and Alan A. Block},
  journal={Contemporary Crises},
This work argues the U.S. “War on Drugs” is a misnomer. We suggest, instead, that it is secondary to traditional anti-Communist foreign policy concerns. Thus, “the war on drugs” serves to mask the U.S. counter-intelligence and paramilitary presence abroad. 
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