Will the U.S. Annex Latin America? By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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July 28, 2010

The United States seems to be rushing into potential confrontations all over the globe. When the voters rejected the policies of George W. Bush by voting for Barack Obama, many people thought that this country would find a way to communicate with the rest of the World instead of deploying soldiers and weapons of war. Clearly this has not been the case. The United States of America has turned this planet into a playground for the Pentagon and we have seen an influx of soldiers and materials for waging war filling the airfields of Colombia, Costa Rica, Afghanistan, Poland and scores of other nations that have allowed their nations to be forward operating areas for this American Empire.

The military build-up in the America’s is being touted as a way for the U.S. to carry out “drug-interdiction”. This description of the U.S. militarization of the America’s seems almost plausible until you consider the fact that most of the drugs entering the United States come from U.S “client states” such as Colombia, Panama and Afghanistan. The U.S. has yet to stem the drug trade in countries such as Colombia even though we have opened seven land and sea bases in that country. Reports of CIA-leased aircraft laden with cocaine are regularly reported on.

It seems odd that with all of the U.S. aid in the fight against narco-trafficking that we give to Colombia, that we could at least make a dent in the cocaine that enters the U.S. from that country. From the CIA’s own website, Colombia is the World’s leading exporter of cocaine. Colombia ranks as the third-largest recipient of U.S. aid, which is directed towards counter-narcotics programs exclusively. Yet Colombia remains the largest exporter of cocaine, how does this happen?

Now Costa Rica is jumping in on the U.S. Money train. Costa Rica’s Nacion newspaper reported last week that the new agreement will see 7,000 US Marines, supported by 200 helicopters and 46 warships “enter and leave the country at will.” The paper also cited a June 2 letter from Costa Rica to the US declaring that US troops will have “the right to carry out the activities it deems necessary in carrying out its mission.” This seems like a lot of troops, ships and helicopters for drug interdiction. It is no wonder that Hugo Chavez has cancelled his trip to Cuba.

With Panama ceding four military bases in that country to Washington, Lain America seems to be on the road to becoming another stop in the U.S. Global Empire. Excuse me for being a bit skeptical, but we have, time and time again, seen increases in the drug trade every time that we declare a “war on drugs” in any given area. It seems that wherever the U.S. military enters an area, the drug trade prospers.

We all know what this “War on Drugs” in Latin America really is. It is a way for America to achieve full-spectrum dominance in an area that has seen nations like Venezuela and Bolivia and the other nations of ALBA trying to escape domination by the United States and its corporate rulers. If we can’t win in an area by economic warfare, the military option is never far behind.

Still the citizenss of the United States say and do nothing while we plunge headlong into possible military confrontation with China, Venezuela, Iran and other nations that resent the willingness of America to use force to get its wishes turned into reality. It won’t be long until we see Latin America forced into accepting a NATO-like arrangement to protect Latin America’s “sovereignty”.  Soon it will be hard to find any nation that doesn’t have some kind of “defense pact” with the United States. Maybe the best way to stay out of a shooting war with America is to join the empire. It sure looks like that is what’s happening.

Contact Tim at: timgatto@hotmail.com Read Tim’s Complicity to Contempt and Kimchee Days or Stoned Cold Warriors from Oliver Arts and Open Press


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  4. the same reason why we invade other countrys is the same reason why illegal immigrants are allowed into this country –and that reason is this : NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU SAY ”THIS IS A SOVEREIGN NATION ”.
    sovereigny is the name of the game . each nation is its own . Empire building is trouble .globalism is trouble . invading other nations is trouble , no matter how its done .

    • rocket – ”THIS IS A SOVEREIGN NATION ” is something the U.S. should get clear about before it invades one country after another; sovereign nations who have done no harm to the U.S. They just ‘happen’ to have some valuable resources that the U.S. thinks it has the right to take over.

      As for immigrants, that has nothing to do with the U.S. being a sovereign nation. ALL countries have immigrants. They are not invaders, the way the U.S. military are in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. That’s the way things have been in history for millennia, for ever.

      People don’t get locked into a country with no right to trespass its borders. Where did you get that strange idea from? People move. When the U.S. makes paupers of Mexican farmers because of the horrid NAFTA treaty, when the farmers are starving because of U.S. greed, should we then also keep them from taking their last resort to survival when they come to the U.S. to find work.

      The world is so screwed up because of U.S. greed and hunger for global power that there is no clear way to saving it – from corporate greed, not from immigrants. When there is massive drought and famine in one country in Africa, its inhabitants flee to another country. Global warming isn’t of their doing. It’s the industrialized countries that are mainly the guilty ones. And people in Africa are not a bunch of savages, as you might think. They are humans like you and I. Some are educated, others less, the same as in the U.S. But the West has done its very best to destroy their livelihoods, as the U.S. has in Mexico. So it’s the responsibility of the West to solve the global and extremely critical mess we’re in.

  5. Tim, The U.S. military is stretched far too thin. They have to accept former criminals and probably addicts (I won’t swear on that last category , but it seems to me that they do). The top officers are at odds as to what should be done here and there. It’s my very strong impression that the whole machinery is falling apart. We’ll have to wait and see which one of us is right here. They might well invade yet another country in the Middle East as has been vented on the progressive Internet, but it might well of course be via Israel. As well as Iran, which is my greatest fear. I can’t believe they really have the time or the power to go after Latin America too. But time will tell.

    As for mmckinl – it’s been a long time since they staged their last successful coup in Latin America OR Central America. Is it wishful thinking or is it actually founded in facts that even IMF is seeing the writing on the wall and that they just won’t try their shock treatment on yet another nation at this point? It just doesn’t work. Milton Friedmanism doesn’t work. I do believe the truth is coming into the daylight, at last.

  6. Ariel Ky says “Yup, you got it right.” I disagree. I don’t think Timothy Gatto is getting this right at all.
    Tim, you say “It won’t be long until we see Latin America forced into accepting a NATO-like arrangement to protect Latin America’s “sovereignty”. Soon it will be hard to find any nation that doesn’t have some kind of “defense pact” with the United States. Maybe the best way to stay out of a shooting war with America is to join the empire. It sure looks like that is what’s happening.”

    No way; The U.S. is spent. It’s trying like one last breath before its big fall. It will never be able to do anything of any importance against the socialism that’s growing in Latin America. And against China, you must be kidding!!! It almost sounds to me as if you’re helping the U.S. in beating the war drums. Are you scare mongering? Colombia (please, spelling!) is the one country in Latin America that’s going along with the U.S. And we’ll have to see how long that’s going to last. Of course Chavez is right in being careful. Of course it’s POSSIBLE that Washington in blind enough to attempt a second coup against Chavez. Obama seems to be as dumb and cornered as the Bush administration was, but in Latin America they’re up against people who are proud of their freedom. No they will NEVER go with the Empire in order to avoid being treated like Iraq or Afghanistan.

    The U.S. at this point is just very busy keeping up appearances , trying to make the world believe that they still have some muscle. They don’t. Afghanistan is probably going to be their Vietnam. And worse, since the world financial system is collapsing along with them.

    But you’re right about the drug trade the U.S. always gets itself into wherever they go to ‘do good’ and import their ‘civilization’.

    It just can not happen.

        • Tim, I know you’re not. But I just don’t agree with your views here. I said already why I don’t. The U.S. is finished. It’s gasping for breath. To go on with this though, Washington has always been blind to the fact that pride in one’s country is very powerful. Nationalism (however dangerous it can be and lead to the support of a demon like Hitler) is terribly strong. When the guerilla warfare begins, the unvincible and terrible fight to the last man to save their country, even a much stronger military than the poor ramshackle U.S. soldiers who don’t even believe in their fight, would be helpless.

        • OK, I’m not a CIA agent. The article was merely pointing out our unnessesary involvement in Latin America, Try not to sound surprised, but the U.S. Military is still a very powerful force and for anyone to underestimate it is at their own peril.

    • It would be a world relief if you were right, Siv. Sadly we all know better. The US doesn’t fight to win nor annex, they can’t even control Texans let alone latinos.
      War is a racket.

      • Natureboy – I didn’t quite get the idea of what you’re saying here. “Sadly, we all know better.” You know better – how??? And of course the U.S fights to win and take over other countries’ national resources. What else would they be fighting for?
        Would it be a relief if the U.S. really was a spent country??? I think so, but please explain how you don’t agree. Waiting for your explanation.

        • Generally the only time one receives a duplicate comment message is when one may click the “Submit Comment” button twice. If you are only clicking once, I have no idea why your comments are showing up twice. This particular time you had your comment plus a note about the duplicate comment message, so that is indeed another comment. The comments were sent 2 minutes apart. You could try refreshing the page if you don’t see your comment before entering it again.

        • Did i do that? Sorry! My IP was was under attack last night, I think, and also WordPress has sticky cookies, powerful as it is.

        • No it’s not that it doesn’t show up. It’s that DS won’t accept the posting of my comment. I immediately get the reply that it seems like a duplicate – the FIRST time I try to post it. It’s as if there could only be one Siv O’Neall comment. That’s the way it looks to me. I add another line, such as a comment that it wasn’t accepted, and then it’s accepted all of a sudden. I can’t delete my second comment myself so I’m stuck.

        • Don’t worry about not being able to delete a duplicate comment, I can do that easily in the “comments” file.

          Sounds like a glitch to me. Just ignore the “duplicate message” and don’t post the comment again.

        • Siv,
          Smedley butler & Eisenhower.

          It used to be for resources and dominion, now just warmongering for Halliburton et. al. Paraphrasing Maher (at his most facetious): If you’re warmongering for oil, bring back some friggin’ oil!

          Stealing resources & labor from Latinos is now the province of multinational corps & NAFTA. Las Venas are still Abiertas.

        • Natureboy – I still don’t understand what this means: “It would be a world relief if you were right, Siv. Sadly we all know better.”

          No they’re still out there fighting for resources and dominion. But of course the Big Corporations run the world, so clearly our various governments are just pawns in the big network of multinational global domination. NAFTA was indeed a plan to impoverish Mexico, and boy were they successful!

          And yes, Timothy Gatto, that’s a Latin American country where they’re still today in command, the Empire that is, the dwindling empire. I forgot about it. Shame on me. It’s a vicious take-over of a country, just done differently from the days of Allende.

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  9. Yep, start up the military cooperation then stage a coup … worked well in the past … School of the Americas is still training dictator wannabies under another name …

  10. Yup, you got it right. It’s like the U.S. military is on steroids. Americans need to look at their role in allowing the murder and mayhem being committed by our military. Complacency is inexcusable in the face of such extreme aggression. How much of your comforts are financed by the blood and bones of people being blown to bits? Is your Big Mac bought with money you made producing drones? Does your company have a military contract that keeps people employed?

    Until people are willing to look at their complicity in passively going along with this terrible militarism, the karma is inescapable. It’s already happening when you no longer hear children laughing and playing happily, when you often encounter drivers venting road rage, when young people commit suicide and gun down fellow students, when most of the people you know are so depressed that 60% of the people holding down those much envied regular jobs are taking antidepressants.

    It’s not easy being an American living or traveling outside the U.S. today. Some Americans even pass themselves off as Canadians. I don’t know what it takes for people to start roaring, “Enough is enough. Stop already.”

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