In the memorial of Nancy Reagan, a dark and twisted plot has resurfaced. Although Mrs. Reagan is heralded for her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign, the truth of the matter is that her husband’s administration is single-handedly responsible for the drug epidemic that created the need for her famous slogan. Crack cocaine ravaged the 1980’s and is still destroying lives, families, and whole communities across the nation thanks to the Reagan Administration and the CIA.
The backstory to why crack is destroying American lives to this day is astounding. To give you a short history, it all started with the Reagan administration’s determination to overthrow the communist led government of Nicaragua. The administration, including Vice President and former CIA Director George H.W. Bush, did not want communism to spread to other Latin countries, so they began to provide support to Contra rebel groups to overthrow the Nicaraguan government.
The Contras were notorious for using murder, rape, and terrorism to disrupt the Sandinista government. They attacked schools, health centers, and civilians who supported the regime. Let’s be clear. They were terrorists of the worst kind.
Congress outlawed the military support of the Contra rebels in 1983. Without Congressional funds, the Reagan administration was forced to find another way to fund the Contras. They turned to aiding and abetting the world’s biggest drug dealers in exchange for their financial support of the Contras. It is through this protection that people like Pablo Escobar, who supplied the Contras with cocaine, and Manuel Noriega became global leaders in the distribution of cocaine. Their success would have never been possible without the backing of the U.S. government.
As cocaine distribution flourished around the globe, crack cocaine, a new and cheaper form of the drug, took root in poor minority communities throughout the United States. With the cheap price afforded to him by the Contras, Rick Ross, a street level cocaine dealer from Los Angeles, began to distribute crack cocaine through gang members on the West Coast, in the Midwest, in the Deep South, and along the East Coast. The drug spread like wildfire. By 1985, every major city in the U.S. witnessed what would be known as the crack epidemic.
The crack epidemic ushered in new levels of street violence, drug addiction, and children born with behavior problems stemming from drug addicted mothers. Thriving inner city communities were reduced to rubble.
Riddled with crime, poverty, and drug addiction, many major cities across the nation still have not found a way back from the devastation. Crack cocaine is still one of the biggest problems facing the nation.
What the Reagan Administration and the CIA did was unfathomably heinous and criminal. The drug problem they created is still eating away at the nation like a cancer, and the problem is not going away because, since the Reagan administration, the government has done nothing to stop the importation of drugs into this country. It is likely that the relationship between the CIA and drug trafficking that was established during the Reagan administration continues to today.
Where is the outrage???