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Three Lessons from Baghdad for U.S. Latin America Policy

  • Tue, Mar 27 2007
    • Michael Centeno

Watching George Bush squirm through an obviously uncomfortable visit to Latin America highlighted once again how little the United States seems to understand the conditions below the border. Since our government pays scant attention to Latin America, while seeming obsessed with the Middle East, it may help to frame some lessons on the former through the lens of the latter. Lesson #1: Don’t try to be cheap. All agree that what hampered U.S. policy in Iraq was the unwillingness to commit sufficient resources at an early enough stage. Whether one agreed with the presumptions behind the 2003 invasion or not, the…

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