Reason’s Mike Krause and Dave Kopel have the skinny on former Drug Warrior (and Kerry Homeland Security Advisor) Rand Beers:
In 1996-’97, the Clinton Administration decertified Colombia as a “cooperating” nation in the drug war. To stave off trade sanctions against lawful industries and a loss of U.S. foreign aid, Colombia began U.S. backed coca-eradication efforts, including slashing and burning on the ground and aerial herbicide spraying of coca fields.
In 2000-’01, the U.S. cranked up financial aid to $1.3 billion and sent more CIA and Special Forcers “trainers” and civilian “contractors” to assist in further eradication and interdiction efforts. It has thus far been a smashing success