RTAmerica | December 20, 2010
December 20th marks the 21st anniversary of the 1989 US Invasion of Panama. An Incident, known as ‘Operation Just Cause,’ that erupted after CIA client Manuel Noriega charted and independent path from the US and threatened to close down US bases. The drum beat for war against Panama would eventually play out again in US military interventions that followed. The media coverage of the invasion of Panama became the blueprint in rallying public support for war through the mainstream media.
The Panama Deception
US imperialism in full view
In 1989 the United States invaded Panama; the mission was codenamed Operation Just Cause. However, was it really a just cause? It seems now that the US government used the war as a way of spreading imperialism and it used mainstream media to promote its agenda. RT’s Dina Gusovsky is joined by The Future of Freedom Foundation’s President Jacob G. Hornberger and Ithaca College Journalism Professor Jeff Cohen to discuss the US invasion of Panama and US imperialism.
Michael Parenti’s most recent books are The Culture Struggle (2006), Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (2007), God and His Demons (2010), Democracy for the Few (9th ed. 2011), and The Face of Imperialism (forthcoming April 2011). For further information about his work, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org.