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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:19 AM

Militarizing Latin America:The Shameful Legacy of the Monroe Doctrine

January 16, 2013
The Shameful Legacy of the Monroe Doctrine
Militarizing Latin America

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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Judi Lynn Jan 2013 OP
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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:39 AM

1. American Prosperity often is on the backs of other nations

The United States became the most powerful nation of the Americas partly by controlling Latin America and making it our puppet. We control the Middle East to get our oil. We control many countries around the world in order to preserve an access to resources as well as military power. Heck, the South before the civil war was prosperous because of slavery.

Even American Prosperity during the postwar era was because much of the world except us was devastated after WWII (not our fault though). That's basically how we got our superpower or empire status.

It's just like many rich people that get rich on the backs of their workers (by not sharing the wealth with their workers, many times not even wanting to pay a living wage to their workers.)

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