by Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Missouri), March 30, 2000
SKELTON. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi.
I yield to the gentleman from Missouri.
Mr. SKELTON. Mr. Chairman,
I think that this amendment is an important one because it helps point
out the fact that the strategic thought on the fight against drugs is
being directed in the wrong place.
What should happen and should,
of course, come from the Colombian military and their government is to
put a stop to the traffic, the drug traffic coming across the Andes by
air as the Peruvians stopped, and through the three, and only three, mountain
passes through the Andes. Instead, we might find ourselves enmeshed in
a civil war, going after one-third of the guerillas who, of course, are
being supported by the drug trafficking.
The proposed strategy is a
6-year strategy; that should not be. It should be one where you shoot
down the airplanes as they fly over the Andes and stop up the three passes
and then should we look at assisting in going after the guerillas if that
be our policy. Let us go the first things first.
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