Obama follows Bush in arbitrary drug decertification
Washington has put Myanmar, Bolivia and Venezuela on its drug blacklist for what it has described as their "failure" to fight international drug trafficking.
The US decertification of the countries could result in sanctions by the White House, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Wednesday.
Of the 20 countries identified as major drug-transit or drug-producing countries, President Barack Obama "has determined that ... Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela, 'failed demonstrably' during the last 12 months to adhere to international counter-narcotic agreements and take counter-narcotic measures set forth in US law,"
said Kelly in a statement, quoted in an AFP report.
Former US President George W. Bush also blacklisted the same countries in 2008 as well. Demonstrably, Obama is again following Bush's footsteps.
But according to Kelly, Obama has issued a "national interest waiver" for Bolivia and Venezuela, so Washington can "continue to support specific programs to benefit the Bolivian and Venezuelan people."
While Washington continues to allege that Venezuela and Bolivia indirectly support drug trafficking, the Latin American nations insist that the US is using anti-drug measures to spy on them and to plan acts of sabotage.
Venezuela and Bolivia say Washington is using anti-drug efforts to maintain its military presence in the region and promote its hegemony.
In fact, it is widely believed that lists prepared by the US State Department, such as nations 'sponsoring terrorism' or 'transiting drugs', are highly politicized and are mostly include nations that refuse to be subservient to the American regional interests.