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View Poll Results: Should the US have kept the Panama Canal?
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Old January 1st, 2016, 09:00 PM   #1

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Reagan's position on retention of the Panama Canal


Ronald Reagan said, in reference to the Panama Canal:

"We bought it, we paid for it, we built it, and we intend to keep it."

Was he right? Should the U.S. have kept the Canal? Why? Why not?
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Old January 2nd, 2016, 04:52 AM   #2

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I've always felt mixed feelings about the turnover of the canal. Part of me was concerned about the potential strategic implications of turning it over but the other part thought any maintenance problems that popped up should be the Panamanians problem.
With the US being a big target for terror groups with the capabilities to make attacks outside their primary area of operation, it's probably best that it's no longer seen as a US asset.
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I feel that canals, which are not just used by one or two nations, should usually belong to the country they were built in. Did Reagan say anything about Nasser's Egypt nationalizing the Suez Canal?
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I was one of those supporting Reagan's position.

But, to date, the turnover has not seemed to impose any disadvantage to the U.S.
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Panamanians thought that they should get the jobs that Americans were filling taking care of and operating the Canal. Right now the Chinese are doing that work. A deal could have been worked out for the Americans to train a Panamanian workforce to take over operation, but Cousin Jimmy the Peanut Farmer happened. Once the elites in Panama got possession of the Canal they screwed the poor people out of the jobs.

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Old January 3rd, 2016, 06:54 AM   #6

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I'm not clear as to what actual disadvantage the US has received by not retaining the canal?
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I voted no. Let the Panamanians pay for upkeep of the canal. Besides, I have heard reports of a second canal in Central America being considered to accomodate ships that have outgrown the Panama Canal.
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Panamanians thought that they should get the jobs that Americans were filling taking care of and operating the Canal. Right now the Chinese are doing that work. A deal could have been worked out for the Americans to train a Panamanian workforce to take over operation, but Cousin Jimmy the Peanut Farmer happened. Once the elites in Panama got possession of the Canal they screwed the poor people out of the jobs.

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Can you explain that reference? The "cousin" and "peanut farmer" part?
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Carter's parents owned a peanut farm and after his father died, Jimmy returned to help his mother run the farm before he eventually entered politics.
Jimmy Carter: Life Before the Presidency?Miller Center
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Carter's parents owned a peanut farm and after his father died, Jimmy returned to help his mother run the farm before he eventually entered politics.
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