Punishing those who are down on their luck is considered smart politics in right-wing circles.
There's only one Colombian industry that can potentially employ workers who would lose their job in the wake of a free trade deal.
Far from breaking morale, the tactic of taking out the heads of trafficking groups gives junior thugs a shot at becoming the kingpin--if only briefly.
By any measure, the military approach to countering a demand-driven cocaine trade has been a complete failure.
The U.S. is paying a heavy price for its current stance on drug policy.