Panama was the first country selected to be the "much weaker enemy."
Ever since U.S. warships brought Panama into existence, U.S. troops have
intervened in the small country whenever Washington deemed it necessary.
George Bush continued this tradition in 1989, sending in 25,000 troops.
Supposedly to arrest a drug dealer.
The drug charges were only a pretext. The real motive was assuring U.S.
control over the Panama Canal and the extensive U.S. military bases in
that country. A new Panamanian president was sworn in at a U.S. air base
moments before the invasion. Hardly "Mr. Clean," the man the U.S. State
Department picked for the job, Guillermo Endara, ran a bank that is
notorious for money laundering. 
[Guillermo Endara:] We believe in free enterprise!
Of course, not only Panamanian banks are involved in this business. Most
big U.S. banks have set up branches in Panama City. 
Gotta get a piece of the action!
And drug trafficking and money laundering have increased sharply in
Panama since "Operation Just Cause." 
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