August 12th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama will continue helping Colombia fight drug trafficking

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday extended U.S. assistance to Colombia in combating civilian aircraft involved in drug trafficking.

A White House statement said Obama issued a memo to the State Department and Defense Department authorizing the continuation of what is called U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to Colombia.

It is the seventh straight year that the interdiction assistance has been extended.

The memo said Colombia has appropriate procedures in place to protect against innocent loss of life from interdiction against civil aircraft "reasonably suspected" of illicit drug trafficking.


Filed under: Colombia • drug trafficking • White House
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Peter s

    Drugs are the worst enemy of our society!!

    August 12, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Waste of $. We have fighting the War of Drugs for over 20 years and it is only getting worse not better. Spending more and more $ isn't working.
    Time to end this and quit spending such vast sums of taxpayer $ on something that clearly isn't making any difference.

    August 12, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Marcus

    'It is the seventh straight year that the interdiction assistance has been extended.'
    If an idea works, no matter who had said idea, then it should be allowed to keep on existing (and working).
    Thank you for putting any sort of 'politics' aside and doing just that Mr. Obama.

    August 12, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Good go on down there and stay Barry.

    August 12, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Colombia is a narcocracy. Like continuing the war in Afghanistan, this is another major Obama mistake that will hurt the U.S.

    August 12, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Naqib

    Just not Arizona

    August 12, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Karl in Charleston,SC

    "The memo said Colombia has appropriate procedures in place to protect against innocent loss of life from interdiction against civil aircraft "reasonably suspected" of illicit drug trafficking." AGAIN.

    August 12, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |