Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:58 PM
Judi Lynn (94,655 posts)
The Shameful Legacy of the Monroe Doctrine:Militarizing Latin America
January 16, 2013
The Shameful Legacy of the Monroe Doctrine
Militarizing Latin America
by CONN HALLINAN
This past December marked the 190th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine, the 1823 policy declaration by President James Monroe that essentially made Latin America the exclusive reserve of the United States. And if anyone has any doubts about what lay at the heart of that Doctrine, consider that since 1843 the U.S. has intervened in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Uruguay, Granada, Bolivia, and Venezuela. In the case of Nicaragua, nine times, and Honduras, eight.
Sometimes the intrusion was unadorned with diplomatic niceties: the U.S. infantry assaulting Chapultepec Castle outside Mexico City in 1847, Marines hunting down insurgents in Central America, or Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing pursuing Pancho Villa through Chihuahua in 1916.
At other times the intervention was cloaked in shadow—a secret payoff, a nod and a wink to some generals, or strangling an economy because some government had the temerity to propose land reform or a re-distribution of wealth.
For 150 years, the history of this region, that stretches across two hemispheres and ranges from frozen tundra to blazing deserts and steaming rainforests, was in large part determined by what happened in Washington. As the wily old Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz once put it, the great tragedy of Latin America is that it lay so far from God and so near to the United States.
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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:16 PM
mitchtv (17,718 posts)
1. in my opinion
that shameful legacy includes the Malvina/Falklands dispute and the us abdicating it's enforcement in the beginning. and active aid to the Brits in the war points out that hypocrisy
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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 09:16 PM
Lucky Luciano (5,878 posts)
3. Saw this when I entered the Argentinian side of
Tierra Del Fuego after crossing the big barren landscape on the Chilean side. That was awesome! Wanna feel freedom? Do a road trip in Patagonia!