Latin America, the United States and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Publisher: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, USA
Year Published: 2006
Pages: 320pp Price: $25
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX9397
Looks at U.S. foreign policy post 9/11 and its antecedents.
Abstract: Grandin looks at U.S. foreign policy post 9/11, and its antecedents, which can be traced back to U.S. policies in Central and South America. He makes the case that South America was a "training" ground of sorts for the type of actions George Bush would later use in Iraq. H examines Reagan's policies; the rise of the evangelical right and its influence on foreign affairs -- at that time specifically El Salvador, Guatamala and Nicaragua; if necessary creating news and granting limited access to reporters which then led to embedded reporters in Iraq; the outsourcing of violence to death squads trained by Americans and later to Afghan warlords, Kurdish and Shiite militias in Iraq and Afganistan. According to Grandin the U.S. has always had imperial pretensions and he traces its roots back to Jefferson. He argues that the policies of Bush are no different than his predecessors and there is a continuity of both policy and personel from the preceding administrations as he hired Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfovitz, Negroponte, Abrams et al.