U.S. Policy in Latin America
Henry Stimson once referred to Latin America as “our little region over here which has never bothered anybody.” He wasn’t kidding. The influence of the United States in Latin America is overwhelming, much more so than in the rest of the world. Obvious consequences flow from that. Under the umbrella of the Monroe Doctrine, the U.S. has invaded Mexico, Grenada, Panama and the Dominican Republic. It supported coups in Guatemala, Chile and Brazil. It has financed wars and sabotage in Nicaragua and Cuba. From the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego, the colossus of the North dominates the South. Latin America’s function is to provide raw materials, cheap labor and markets. Independent development is not tolerated. The recently-concluded NAFTA and GATT will accelerate the region’s deteriorating conditions.
Interview by David Barsamian.
Larry Birns is the Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of that organization’s bi-weeklypublication The Washington Report on the Hemisphere. He is a frequent guest on national and international news programs. His articles regularly appear in leading newspapers, journals and magazines.