Nice coverage by Phillip Smith over at StoptheDrugWar.org: Bolivia, Venezuela Reject US Drug Criticism
“I hereby designate Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela as countries that have failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to make substantial efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements,” President Obama said in the determination. […]
Venezuela “rejects in the most decided manner the accusations of the government of the United States,” the communique said, adding that the presidential determination is “plagued with false statements, political preconceptions and veiled threats,” which only repeat its “permanent line of aggression against independent sovereign governments.”
Venezuela also counterpunched, accusing the US of allowing “a fluid transit” of drugs across its borders” and “the laundering of capital from drug trafficking through the financial system.”
“The government of the United States has become principally responsible for this plague that is the scourge of the entire world,” it said.
The foreign ministry added that Venezuela’s anti-drug efforts improved after it kicked out the DEA in 2005 […]
Bolivian President Evo Morales, for his part, said the US, home of the world’s largest drug consumer market, had no grounds on which to criticize other countries about its war on drugs.
“The United States has no morality, authority or ethics that would allow it to speak about the war on drugs.” […]
“I’m convinced that the drug trade is no less than the United States’ best business,” Morales added, noting that since the first international drug control treaties were signed in 1961, drug trafficked has blossomed, not declined. He said he has suggested to South American leaders that they form a commission to report on how well Washington is doing in its war on drugs.
Morales also took the occasion to lambaste the US for opposing Bolivia’s request before the United Nations to modify that 1961 treaty to acknowledge that chewing coca leaf is “an ancestral cultural practice” in the Andes.
Gone are the days when countries feared being sent to the Drug War Principal’s office.