America 's Public Enemy Of The United States Essay

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In 1971 President Richard Nixon announced that “America 's public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” With this declaration of a “War on Drugs” Nixon added a major new goal for American policy, a declaration of war against Drug Cartels as well as the drug trade shadow economy. Foreign Policy can be influenced by non-state actors such as cartels and international crime organization as seen by the United States response to groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia People’s Army as well as the Juarez and Gulf Cartels of Mexico. While considered a failure on America’s behalf, few could argue that the drug trade has had a significant impact on the United States decisions on the international stage. During the Nixon, Reagan and Bush eras the combatting of the drug epidemic was primarily domestic. While the United States did take part in World Health Organization studies its primary focus lied in combatting the internal drug problem. Under the conservative government of the 70’s and 80’s the United States chose to combat the issue through a focus on the family, claiming that there were “many to thank: our brave law enforcement officers, religious leaders, teachers, community activists, and leaders of business and labor.” The drug issue, however, persisted throughout this period due to President Ronald Reagan’s inaction. Despite making bold…

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