The Post-Cold War in Central America
Program #CHON050. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on January 29, 1990.
The invasion of Panama was the first U.S. military action not justified by the threat from the Soviet Union. Noriega, a former Washington "asset" and "minor drug figure" was made into the "worst monster since Attila the Hun." The press, says Chomsky, "went along with appropriate jingoist hysteria and…rapturous enthusiasm." He traces U.S. policy in the region and elsewhere and predicts what is likely to follow absent the USSR. Washington's main concern was in the past, and still is "nationalist regimes which are responsive to the demands of their populations." This is Chomsky at his prescient best.
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