Written by Al Jazeera
President Gaviria’s cabinet on Friday morning debated and eventually came to a vote on the directive, “Gacho gone Gaga”, which specifically details how to proceed with extraditing Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha from the motel in Bogota where he is reported to be with his mistress in. Because of his importance within this committees’ goals, they agreed that the goal of this mission should be as precise as possible and that their main goal is to take him out alive.
In a recent update, members of the cabinet got information of rumors that Gacha, Pablo Escobar’s right-hand man, was residing in a motel in Bogota visiting his mistress. Gacho is reported to be one of the leaders of the Medellin cartel and holds important information about Escobar’s actions and even potential whereabouts.
Being that one of the prime issues at hand for this cabinet is how to handle the Medellin cartel alongside other drug trafficking avenues, it was imperative that the committee handled this with effectiveness and precision. Because of this,
Several solutions were proposed in response to extraditing Gacha in this manner. However, literally dividing the house, members of the cabinet were divided in their opinions on working with the United States, and several members of the cabinet voiced their concerns on allowing outside forces being too involved in their affairs.
The passing directive, “Gacha gone Gaga”, took these concerns in mind when handling the role of the United States in this extradition. According to Venezuelan Ambassador Iván Machuca “, this directive uses a balance of powers between foreign and domestic forces,” and as described as by the United States Ambassador Morris Busby, “the hallmark of this directive is that Colombians carry out the arrest”.
What this directive aims to do is station Colombian army troops and spy planes around the set perimeter around the motel, and only use US Marine forces as tactical support. Being a product of a merger between several directives, ‘Gacho gone Gaga’ is extremely comprehensive in its approach. Placing a large emphasis on being as strategic and methodological as possible with their resources, this directive seemed to bring the committee to a consensus with a large majority of the committee voting to pass it.
However, though this directive may seem to cover all potential surprises, the information it is based on was said to not be 100% reliable, and these forces may as well be walking into an ambush. Only time will tell if the committee took steps to eradicate the embedded problem of drug cartels, or if they fell into a trap.