Attacking The Source

Bennett's plan to send military advisers to aid anti-narcotics campaigns in Peru and Bolivia arouses serious worries in Washington

Meeting with Latin American police officials last spring, George Bush vowed to pursue drug traffickers "to the ends of the earth." If the Upper Huallaga Valley in Peru can be considered one of the ends of the earth -- and as an area of mostly trackless jungle, it qualifies -- the President was speaking literally. Today two U.S. State Department bulldozers are cutting a landing strip on the banks of the Huallaga River 300 miles northeast of Lima. From this base, the Peruvian National Police and U.S. drug-enforcement agents will mount paramilitary strikes on the valley's coca-processing centers and the airstrips...

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