Sure, they were monitoring suspected drug flights. They had interdicted about a dozen that were carrying drugs before the tragedy occurred with the missionaries... I'm not saying they were right or wrong for being there in the first place, merely that it was NOT the Americans fault for the plane being shot down. Treatment of drug users is the only way to win the drug war, stop demand and you don't have to worry about the supply... Thanks, Ron White >care to explain what were the Americans doing there in the first place?