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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:28 PM

The Latin America mistake:Memo to Secretary Kerry: Stop funding the bad guys in Honduras.

The Latin America mistake

Memo to Secretary Kerry: Stop funding the bad guys in Honduras.

By Dana Frank
February 12, 2013

The United States is expanding its military presence in Honduras on a spectacular scale. The Associated Press reported this month in an investigative article that Washington in 2011 authorized $1.3 billion for U.S. military electronics in Honduras. This is happening while the post-coup regime of Honduran President Porfirio Lobo is more out of control than ever, especially since the Honduran Congress staged a "technical coup" in December.

But as the Obama administration deepens its partnership with Honduras, ostensibly to fight the drug war, Democrats in Congress are increasingly rebelling. Here's a message, then, for new Secretary of State John Kerry: Recast U.S. policy in Honduras and the murderous drug war that justifies it.

In the last few years, the U.S. has been ramping up its military operations throughout Latin America in what the Associated Press called "the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War." The buildup has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $20 billion since 2002, for troops, ships, clandestine bases, radar, military and police training and other expenses.

U.S. military expenditures for Honduras in particular have gone up every year since 2009, when a military coup deposed democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. At $67.4 million, 2012 Defense Department contracts for Honduras are triple those of 10 years ago. The U.S. spent $25 million last year to make the U.S. barracks at the Soto Cano air base permanent, and $89 million to keep 600 U.S. troops based there. U.S. direct aid to the Honduran military and police continues to climb as well.


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Cleita Feb 2013 #1

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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:57 PM

1. I don't think our policies in Latin America will change as long as our

leaders believe in the Monroe doctrine and that other countries in this Western Hemisphere are there for the USA and global business partners to exploit at will. We will continue to support corrupt governments as long as they don't get in the way of the Global/American corporate interests operating in them.

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