Who you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ history books?
I knew the U.S. was going to cause trouble down our way when Obama said he looked forward, not backwards (in relation to another issue where a little historical analysis was in order). U.S. policy in Latin America especially depends on understanding the history of the region, and the role the United States has played in that history. The first U.S. sponsored Latin American coup was probably the the support given to General Antonio Santa Anna in overthrowing the Iturbide monarchy in 1823. Dr. Tinker Salas doesn’t go back quite far enough, but at least had a longer view than most, and the problem isn’t so much that the State Department mouthpiece just flat out lied, but that she seemed clueless to the fact that even the most superficial view of “current events”, let alone “history with a capital H” proves her wrong.