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Ukraine and Latin America… a fair question

31 January 2022

From David Brooks’ (Jornada’s Brooks, not the New York Times guy) “American curios“:

[Biden’s] Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, says that the US defense of the “sovereign right (of Ukraine) to write its own future” (he is talking about joining NATO) against Russia is a moral issue. He emphatically states that “a country does not have the right to dictate the policies of others or tell that country who it can associate with… a country does not have the right to exercise a sphere of influence. That notion should be relegated to the dustbin of history.”

Now that’s news! I mean, has the Monroe Doctrine been thrown in the dumpster yet? Have US military and clandestine operations in this hemisphere been suspended already? Are they about to close Guantánamo and dismantle the Southern Command? Has Washington accepted responsibility for the invasions, interventions and coups they justified as being in the so-called “national interests” and “national security” of the United States?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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