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Wednesday Open Thread

I have a list of 50 or so things to do before I move. I'm on number 3.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

I dumped the spam. I'll try to check it every night.

Did anyone watch "Narcos?" I was not impressed. They should have named it "Narcs" -- it's the story of two U.S. drug agents helping Colombia nab Escobar. It's not the story of Esobar, it's the agents' story, and it's got some factual issues. If you want the real flavor of who these agents are, read some Congressional Hearing testimony or their description of their time in Colombia over at the DEA Museum where they give a tour. [More...]

The voice over narration by one agent seriously drags it down, and all in all, it's not half the show Pablo Esobar: Patron de Mal was. At least the humanized everyone -- narcos, crooked cops and victims. It's also a fairly accurate rendition of his rise and fall.

This "Narcos" is hardly the "true story" of American involvment in the War on Drugs. It barely mentions the Pepes, and how the Pepes and Cali Cartel with the aid of the right wing paramilitary acted in concert with the Seearch Bloc to locate and kill Pablo Escobar and kill scores of others.

The problem is not that we waited to long to get into the war, it's that we militarized the war on drugs in Colombia in the first place -- which ramped up the violence. They barely touch on the corruption, and they say little about the right wing paramilitary groups. This is not an anti-drug war movie. It constantly decries the fact that the U.S.. hands were tied by being limited to wiretapping and riding along with the Colombians. Although we know now that's not all they did.

These agents left Colombia the day after Escobar was killed. The two agents that succeeded them to go after the Cali Cartel seem a little better, at least in El Boco de Lobo.

If you read the now declassified cables from the time, you'll see what a slanted version this show gives. If I get time, I'll write about it more, with limks to the source documents.

Senor de Los Cielos 3 ends tomorrow night (I think.) That and El Cartel (I and II), Patron de Mal and even En El Boco de Lobo (the story of the takedown of the Norte Valle cartel) are all way better than Narcos. Netflix has them all now, with subtitles.

Again this is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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