Death of the Monroe Doctrine

The popular elections in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, in which Morales, Correa and Ortega (2nd time) have all come to power, are a huge blow to US aims in the region.

These newly-elected leaders have all chosen similar models as the Chavez model, and it is clear that there is a grassroots-level revolution going on in Latin America.

This despite, or because of, the last 100 years or so of US intervention in places like Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua,Panama, Dominican Republic, Chile, et al

It is clear that the people of these countries want a break from the traditional US economic model imposed by the IMF, the World Bank, and treaties like GATT and NAFTA.

I am interested to see how the CIA becomes involved in funding national resistance movements aimed at balancing out the socialistic-leaning models these counties seek to impose.

There are too many countries now for the US to try and isolate. Can’t really isolate the entire Latin American world.


4 Responses to “Death of the Monroe Doctrine”

  1. Logipundit Says:

    In one sense, the Monroe Doctrine was dead with WWI, so there you go.

    As far as the US having any say so in South America, I agree. I think those days are numbered. Many mistakes and not enough attention paid to the region over the last 15 years or so.

    The Middle East has been such the overwhelming focus in my opinion that I think the Clinton and Bush Administrations have failed us on South America.

    I’m of the firm opinion that the US model (with all its evil hegemonic and Imperialist/Mercantilist flaws) is a much better one then the model that they are choosing–regardless of how much oil and gas Chavez decides to give away in DC and Alaska and New York or anywhere else. Has anyone seen the touchy feely Citgo ads on television? As my Grandmother used to say, “It just boils my blood!”

  2. scottie Says:


    WWII did not end the doctrine.

    The US has had its hands in numerous South and Central American projects, be it under the guise of democracy-building or economic life-preservers thrown to countries where the countries follow the IMF demands, which basically means turning over the natural resources of those countries to transnational corporations, privatizing everything possible. These are some of the pre-conditions for the IMF to “rescue” 3rd world economies.

    Well, it is a question of opinion when considering which model is best. Inevitably, the model thats best for the US is the US model, but that does necessarily equate with what’s best for the people and economies affected by such interventions.

    As far as Citgo, I have not seen the ads, and I will ocntinue to buy their gas because it is the cheapest.

    Chavez offered to send teams of doctors to New Orleans to assist with Katrina and its aftermath, but the offer was snubbed by this admin.
    So the guy is not evil incarnate, as Pat Robertson would have you believe.

    I will not condone his comments at the UN. I think Chavez was way out of line, even though I agree with his spirit of disdain for this admin. He pursued a stupid, undiplomatic course, and chose a horrible forum in which to pick a fight, with a much stronger adversary by the way.

    But I do also believe that he deserves the right to make decisions for his country without the outside world, namely the US, interfering.

    But it is clear that a socialistic revolution is taking place south of the border, and only time will tell if the policies work or not, that is if the regimes are left unfettered.

  3. Logipundit Says:

    There isn’t a leftist regime in history that has “worked out”. But yeah, I’m with you hoping they do.

    And by the way, the Monroe Doctrine had two components:

    One, we would stay neutral in European affairs and two, European powers would stay out of the Americas.

    On the first point, the Monroe Doctrine died with World War I.

    But again agreed on our role in South America.

  4. DC Offline Says:

    Agreed, agreed, agreed – what a boring thread đŸ˜‰

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