America's Forgotten War: A Series OverviewThe war on drugs has been waged for 38 years, through seven White House administrations, in foreign coca fields and on America's streets, at an estimated annual cost of $40 billion. But what has it accomplished, and where does the U.S. go from here?
A Colombian soldier advances in a field of coca, while a plane sprays deadly defoliant in September 2000. U.S. and Colombian officials have declared their seven-year-long spraying policy a success. But Colombian coca production has not decreased — just dispersed to smaller, harder-to-find locales.
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