Manuel Noriega
by Kolby Webster

1) Profile of your leader

Manuel Noriega was born February 11, 1935 and started young in the military. He was enrolled at a military school in Lima, Peru and received even more training in intelligence and counterintelligence from Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone from the U.S. Army. He was enrolled into the Panama National guard in 1967 and quickly moved through the ranks. By 1982 Noriega had become the chief of staff for the Commander of the Panama National Guard but became its commander after the original one ceded to try for presidency. He worked with the C.I.A. from the 1950's until the 1980's where he was tried for drug trafficking. On December 20, 1989 the U.S. invaded Panama in order to push back Noriega's troops that had been harassing those Americans who had been taking care of the canal and the soldiers protecting it. It was also a way to capture Noriega in which they did after on January 13, 1990. The DEA had taken him after and charged him with drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering.

2) Audio/Visual/Artistic Element

With Noriega being closely tied to the U.S., moving the trial to france would provide a more fair trial with not bias that it would have if it was held here. Noriega's dealings with the C.I.A. also puts us in a bad light as we allowed him to continue his drug trafficking when he was supposed to be under our watch.  

3) Creative Piece

The Man of The Mirror

His true intentions

Are always hidden

Behind that smile

And silver tongue

Their lies a man

Worse than the drugs

That he peddles

The money he makes

Becomes clean in time

But how he got it

Remains as a crime

4) Essential Question

Was Noriega better than most dictators with what he did?