Skip to comments.Kerry says two century US LatAm policy over (declares Monroe Doctrine dead)
Posted on 11/18/2013 4:58:11 PM PST by Olog-hai
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday declared that a nearly 200-year-old policy which had governed Washington's relations with Latin America was finally dead.
Known as the Monroe Doctrine after it was adopted in 1823 by former US president James Monroe, the policy had stated that any efforts by European countries to colonize land in North or South America would be views as aggressive acts and could require US intervention.
The doctrine that bears (Monroes) name asserted our authority to step in and oppose the influence of European powers in Latin America, Kerry told an audience at the Organization of American States.
"And throughout our nations history, successive presidents have reinforced that doctrine and made a similar choice. Today, however, we have made a different choice. The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over, he insisted to applause.
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IOW this administration is supporting the aggressive Socialist/Communist progress current in Latin America.
What a jerk. The Monroe Policy is pretty far gone at this stage. But I fail to see the point of making a public announcement of it.
Kerry.... what a worthless toad.
Latin America is a disaster. Between the failed states run by cartels and kakistocracies surrounding left wing asylum-cases, there are very few bright spots.
The economic rise of Brazil can be attributed in part to our own welfare to that country when it comes to oil drilling, but on the inside, it has a rotting, corrupt political structure and a population still mired in poverty along with an overcrowding problem in the cities.
Chile has fared well, but the Pinochet days are long gone and its slowly slipping back into the Allende mindset.
Colombia is the one place that I would say is a true success story. They’ve really turned that country around. I don’t agree with the president on everything, but he has taken that country back from the brink.
The worst of the bunch is Venezuela. I’m not sure if Chavez intended to give the presidency to the biggest LatAm idiot since Francisco Lopez, but regardless, he did it. From nationalizing toilet paper factories to promising HD T.V.’s to everyone, Venezuela’s time as a power player in South America is over.
“..to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM...”
How could Kerry do that when Kennedy already did it back in the 60’s.
“Kerry.... what a worthless toad.”
You spelled ‘turd’ wrong.
Satire? Semi-serious semi-whatever? WTF?
Chile is doing pretty well.
August Pinochet is like the George Washington of Chile.
Monroe Doctrine kinda died with the first world war. But captain obvious needed to chime in.
The Monroe doctrine was buried by John F. Kennedy when he allowed the Soviet Union to keep a base in Cuba during the October Missile crisis IN 1963. “Kennedy pulled defeat out of the jaws of victory, complained Richard Nixon. “Then gave the Soviets squatters rights in our backyard.”
“We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along,” snickered Nikita Khrushchev in his diaries, security for Fidel Castros regime and American missiles removed from Turkey and Italy. Until today the U.S. has complied with her promise not to interfere with Castro and not to allow anyone else to interfere with Castro. After Kennedy’s death, his successor Lyndon Johnson assured us that he would keep the promise not to invade Cuba.”
Central America is actually booming. Costa Rica has world-class medical and dental facilities. Panama City is the Dubai of the Western Hemisphere. Something to think about as the Obama Death Panels commence.
The Real Story of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis - (Excellent! New revelations!)
| JULY 21, 2005 | Humberto Fontova
“A more vital piece of U.S. history would be hard to find,” gushed the Boston Globe last week about a new item in the Kennedy Library and Museum, a map of Cuba. The Library obtained it from the estate of Robert L. White, a collector who had earlier received it from JFK’s late secretary, Evelyn Lincoln.
“This map bears the marks of history,” continues the Globe story, “a series of X marks in black ink, crosshatched east and west of Havana by President John F. Kennedy, and two foreboding words scrawled above them: ‘missile sites.’ This map was used by Kennedy during a Cabinet briefing on the morning of Oct. 16, 1962, as CIA officials described the evidence discovered by spy planes ... a priceless artifact.”
Equally priceless was the record of irresponsibility, arrogance and stupidity that preceded that “discovery” by the U-2 spy plane, not to mention the bumbling, treachery and deceit that followed it.
Camelot’s toady press and court scribes rose to the occasion, however. So the official version still prevails in the MSM (mainstream media) and Hollywood (exemplified by the movie “Thirteen Days”). “This map takes me right to that moment, when he was trying to digest that information,” enthused Kennedy Museum curator Frank Rigg in the Boston Globe story. “Who knows what was going through his mind
I can guess: “Whoops!” Because all of two days before Kennedy unfurled that map, on the October 14 edition of the TV program “Issues and Answers,” a disdainful McGeorge Bundy (JFK’s National Security Advisor) made himself very clear on national TV. “Refugee rumors,” he called the eyewitness reports from Cuban exiles about those very missiles - reports that they’d been giving the State Department and CIA for months by then, after risking their lives to obtain them.
“Nothing in Cuba presents a threat to the United States,” continued Bundy, barely masking his scorn. “There’s no likelihood that the Soviets or Cubans would try and install an offensive capability in Cuba.” (”Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant,” p. 28)
Kennedy himself sounded off the following day: “There’s fifty-odd-thousand Cuban refugees in this country,” he sneered, “all living for the day when we go to war with Cuba. They’re the ones putting out this kind of stuff.”
I’ll gladly donate another artifact to the Kennedy Museum, to be displayed adjacent to that map: a HUGE pot labeled “Crow Gumbo: Meal served in Camelot headquarters October 16, 1962.”
“’These precious artifacts belong to the American people,” said Deborah Leff, Kennedy Library director. But not everyone thought the American people should be privy to every Missile Crisis artifact. “We can’t say anything public about this agreement,” said Robert F. Kennedy to Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin when closing the deal that ended the so-called crisis. “It would be too much of a political embarrassment for us.”
Kennedy’s secret deal with Khrushchev forbade any liberation of Cuba, not just by the U.S. but also by any other group or nation in the Western Hemisphere. Indeed, it was up to the U.S. to prevent any such liberation attempts.
The Best and Brightest not only pulled the rug from under Cuba’s freedom fighters, they also sanctioned the 40,000 Soviet troops and KGB goons already in Cuba coaching and aiding Castro’s butchery of those freedom fighters.
Richard Nixon summed up the Missile Crisis “resolution” best: “First we goofed an invasion [the previous year’s Bay of Pigs] - now we give the Soviets squatters’ rights in our backyard.”
Joint Chiefs member General Curtis LeMay slammed his fist on his desk and bellowed, “The biggest defeat in U.S. history!
Admiral Anderson, in charge of the naval “blockade” against Cuba, got the news of the “resolution” and shouted, “We’ve been had!”
In his memoirs, Nikita Khrushchev himself clarified the matter. “It would have been ridiculous for us to go to war over Cuba - for a country 12,000 miles away. For us, war was unthinkable. [So much for all the media and Hollywood hype of those peril-filled “Thirteen Days.”] We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along, security for Fidel Castro’s regime and American missiles removed from Turkey. Until today the U.S. has complied with her promise not to interfere with Castro and not to allow anyone else to interfere with Castro [italics mine]. After Kennedy’s death, his successor Lyndon Johnson assured us that he would keep the promise not to invade Cuba.”
JFK’s “dreary account of mismanagement, timidity and indecision,” as Eisenhower described his handling of the Bay of Pigs invasion a year earlier, emboldened the Soviets to install nuclear missiles in Cuba in the first place.
After the “resolution,” some of the very Cuban freedom fighters who had smuggled out intelligence on the Soviet missiles found themselves stranded in a Cuba swarming with Soviet soldiers. Dozens of these young heroes huddled in Mangrove swamps along Cuba’s coast, dodging Castro patrols and waiting for their scheduled “exfiltration” by motorboats back to the U.S.
Their wait was vain. Their mission accomplished, their evidence to the New Frontiersmen about weapons of mass destruction 90 miles away and hosted by the most pathologically anti-American regime in history delivered, these heroes promptly fell through the cracks of the Kennedy-Khrushchev deal. They were expendable.
“Let’s be careful not to let any of these Cuban refugees upset the deal” were JFK’s words to his attorney general brother on the night of October 28, 1962. So the scheduled boat runs to the Cuban coast by the infiltrators’ comrades to carry them back were canceled. Suddenly these runs were impediments to Camelot’s delicate diplomacy.
Meanwhile, back in Cuba’s mangroves, “Alto! ... Who Goes there? Gun bolts slam and the shooting starts. Several of these (now) irksome “Cuban refugees” - completely abandoned - now died in suicidal firefights against Castro’s troops. Several more were captured, tortured and finally bound to the stake in front of the blood- and bone-flecked paredon (firing-squad wall). “VIVA CUBA LIBRE! “ they yelled.
FUEGO!! yelled the firing squad captain. “Cause of death was internal hemorrhaging caused by firearm projectiles” read the official death certificates delivered by Castro’s government to thousands of ashen-faced families.
After the Missile Crisis “resolution,” the U.S. Coast Guard and even the British navy (when some intrepid exile freedom fighters moved their operation to the Bahamas) shielded Castro from exile attacks. In the Florida Keys and Bahamas they were arresting and disarming the very exiles the CIA had been training and arming the month before.
Much of his fame in the Third World, on college campuses (especially among faculties) and in Europe stems from the fable of Castro “defying” a superpower. In fact, he survived because of a sweetheart deal that allowed him to hide behind the skirts of two superpowers.
But don’t look for details of this deal in the Kennedy Library and Museum.
Dangerous leftist kooks.
He really means we will protect Sandanistas and other communists.
Great! Now we have not only 1 would-be pos pres, but 2! Maybe they’ll go for a duel.
The southern floodgates have just open officially.. Kerry is pond scum.
Kerry was a big supporter of the marxist Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the mid-1980’s (along with fellow Senator Chris Dodd D-Conn).
Why should John “The Frenchman” Kerry be pro-American? He’s out for himself and his marxist friends, pure and simple.
I would like to see a new anti-Communist alliance set up in Latin America outside of the US (until Obama is thrown out).
It would include Colombia, Chile, Panama, perhaps Costa Rico, Guatemala? and Honduras. Needed to offset the communists now running El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Boliva, Venezuela, possibly Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina.
This guy doesn’t have the slightest wholesome intuitive capabilities.
HELL NO! The “Obama Doctrine” will be reversed once we have a Conservative Republican President once again!..
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
Endorsed by 94 Senators .
Mr. Ed’s lips are moving but it’s Wilbur talking.
Er, does that mean J Effn Kerry is inviting the Ruskies to bring back their missiles to Cuba??? Kerry is such a Commie.I wish at least one of those Purple Hearts was real. Maybe he would have a different perspective.
Fascinating! Thanks for Posting!
Kerry is a traitor. Period.
Kerry has been an enemy of the United States for a LONG time — going back to willing service as puppet for Madame Binh and the NVA.
What a tool.
Monroe Doctrine replaced by "Obama Doctrine".
Well, I have to give credit to Kerry for at least having a clue as to what the Monroe Doctrine is.
The Cuban missile crisis was in October 1962—just before the midterm elections. The original “October surprise.” The Democrats did better than the party in power usually does in an off-year election.
That makes him culpable. He just declared himself fit to stand trial.
Another arrogant moron who thinks he is smarter than our Founding Fathers.
Throw Central America under the bus, why don’t you?
By declaring the Doctrine to not be policy, the burdensome consequence of enforcement is removed
The first order policy of the pacifist cowards is no war
No doctrine/ no war
There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure the peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.Being weak in this capacity guarantees that war will keep creeping up to your very doorstep.
Thank you for the correction...