U.S. MILITARY INCURSIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA: WERE THEY A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR INVASION OF IRAQ? Author Greg Grandin is interviewed by WMNF's Rob Lorei

08/09/06

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S FOREIGN POLICY IS TO TRY TO SPREAD DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.... BUT THE MANY OF THE ARCHITECTS OF THIS WORLD VIEW ARE VETERANS OF PAST REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS AND PREVIOUS INCURSIONS INTO CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.... WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF THE CURRENT FOREIGN POLICY IN JUST A MOMENT.... FIRST UP TODAY- HISTORIAN GREG GRANDIN, AUTHOR OF THE NEW BOOK "EMPIRE'S WORKSHOP: LATIN AMERICA THE UNITED STATES AND THE RISE OF NEW IMPERIALISM". IN THE BOOK GRANDIN ESSENTIALLY SAYS THAT THE U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN LATIN AMERICA HAS BEEN A SORT OF DRESS REHEARSAL FOR ITS CURRENT MILITARY INTERVENTIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA... AND IF WE LOOK AT HOW THE CENTRAL AMERICAN INCURSIONS TURNED OUT- WE'LL LEARN A LOT ABOUT HOW THINGS WILL TURN OUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST.....GRANDIN SAYS: "THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES IN LATIN AMERICA IS CLUTTERED WITH "PRE-EMPTIVE INTERVENTIONS". AND HE POINTS OUT THAT MANY OF THE PALYERS IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN WARS ARE CURRENTLY SUPPORTING THE U.S. EFFORT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THOSE PEOPLE INCLUDE DICK CHENEY, ELLIOTT ABRAMS, JOHN NEGROPONTE, MICHAEL LEDEEN, AND OTTO REICH AND JOHN BOLTON.

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