Dictator of Panama
Noriega is a man known as a strongman, waving a machete while delivering fiery speeches. From that moment, Noriega's career blossomed. He became involved with U.S. intelligence activities. A high-ranking drug enforcement officer recommended that President Nixon order Noriega's assassination, but Nixon did not follow through. When Trujillo died in 1981, in the following two-years a contest for power between politicians and military officers, Noriega emerged as the winner.