ASSISTANT SECRETARY JACOBSON: Thank you, Maria. I really appreciate the question. Obviously, I disagree with the notion that we financed the war, or the problem. We certainly supported the Colombian Government over the last number of years, a decade or more.
This is strange mostly because it is so easy to refute. The United States was publicly proud of its financing of the guerrilla war. We were "doing something"! And of course we financed the problem, with all the cocaine injected, snorted, or otherwise ingested by U.S. citizens.