[Most Americans are totally unaware of our history of political abuses and economic exploitation of Latin America. It would take a lengthy essay just to sketch the details. I see no evidence that Obama is repeating the Bush policies there as this piece intimates. For the record Hillary was better received than the Pope in his recent visit — the Catholic hierarchy having been a prime supporter of the cruelest abuses there. Christians there have been converting from the Catholic church in growing numbers to the evangelicals. And nothing could be healthier for Latin America than that it is at long last detaching itself from external domination — even ours. Ed Kent]

Hillary Clinton’s “Damage Control” Trip to Latin America
Mark Weisbrot, The Center for Economic and Policy Research: “Hillary Clinton’s Latin America tour is turning out to be about as successful as George W. Bush’s visit in 2005, when he ended up leaving Argentina a day ahead of schedule just to get the hell out of town. The main difference is that she is not being greeted with protests and riots. For that she can thank the positive media image that her boss, President Obama, has managed to maintain in the region, despite his continuation of his predecessor’s policies.”
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“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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