US Influence in Latin America

M.S. Islam

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My idea was that the US has minimal influence on the Latin America. But, in another thread, LoG is claiming that Latin America practically dances to the tune of the US.

What actually is the scenario? LoG? Anyone else?

P.s.: I thought the reason behind lack of US influence was - continuing legacy of Che Guevara.
 

betgo

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Depends a lot on the country, but the US has had a lot of influence in Latin America for close to 200 years, certainly throughout the 20th century. A bunch of Latin American countries made meaningless declarations of was on the Axis right after the US declared war. The US doesn't really run most of the countries, and its influence varies/varied by country.

In many countries, the big powers were the military, the US and the Catholic Church, but the US didn't run them like the European colonial empires or the Soviet Union in most Communist countris.
 
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tjadams

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I agree; the US has had its fingers deep in Latin America like a bowling ball.
There are a lot of small, US military interventions and muscle applied here
and there to insure the best US position.
 

M.S. Islam

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Could you be a bit more specific? Apart from central American states, which of the big countries are under US influence? Brazil? Argentina? Chile?

Isn't there a significant communist influence? At least among the general people?
 

Tairusiano

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Could you be a bit more specific? Apart from central American states, which of the big countries are under US influence? Brazil? Argentina? Chile?

Isn't there a significant communist influence? At least among the general people?

Hi M.S Islam in Brazil the US influence has suffered a certain decline, part by U.S. support for the coup of 1964 in Brazil, and also support for the military regime that followed, and now Brazil possess a government that are composed by people who were the opposition to US backed military rule, but most of the lost of influence itself is the fact that in Brazil the influence of the U.S., came from economic ties, economical ties which was replaced by China, in brazil theres some communist influence but more in the goverment levels, the people in general are not so communist
a funny thing is that both Brazil and the U.S. are trying move more closer now,
Chile and Argentine I do not know
 
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P.s.: I thought the reason behind lack of US influence was - continuing legacy of Che Guevara.
I would say that the U.S. is most wary of doctrinaire Communism (capital letter "C") raising its radical head anywhere in this hemisphere.

We have a very thin skin about that, a very low tolerance for any politics down there which do or might lead to interference with our long-standing economic investments and interests.

There is, as well, a measure of resistance to extreme Leftist dogma as a matter of moral choice, on behalf of those citizens down there who do not wish to participate in it.

Where there is an actual American military presence it is either because the host country invited us to be there for security or humanitarian reasons, or because of our unending and unsuccessful "war on drugs."

Our interaction with that region is emphasized by the School of the Americas - so, the probability that our government will continue building alliances there is very high.

As for how effective American influence is there, I would judge that it is relatively minimal. What usually happens is that when a nation wants to get rid of Socialists or Communists, it comes to us for help.

In the end, we do not have a very good historical record down there because of what happened in Panama, El Salvador and other places. But as with most nations we help when asked to do so, economically or militarily, we do make a few lasting friends.

Among our greatest concerns is illegal immigration coming from those nations.
 
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The South American waters is being used by the U.S. Navy without objections from the South American Countries. When U.S.S.R. was still in power there were some waters that the U.S. Navy can't navigate, but by the time South American Waters had been the territory of the Americans and until now that it is all alone in navigating the oceans of the world as the only superpower. Songs like Born in the U.S.A. of Bruce Springsteen rules the airwaves of the rocking free world.

It's a cool power to ride on.
 
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Also the South American airlines is where the U.S. commercial and military air crafts fly.
 
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The US has been losing some influence in Latin America. Yes, they still play an important economic role but many of those nations have been opening up new markets with the EU, China, India. South Korea, Japan and Russia. All this means they do not need to rely so much on US trade. They also want to form organizations like the OAS but without the US and Canada.

And Communist nations never existed. Socialist nations yes but Communist No.

And just for information, the first Socialist government in South America and the world was the Republic of Paraguay. In 1811 it was the first independent nation on the continent of South America. Its first President Jose Gaspar de Francia was a follower of the French Revolution. A Utopian.

Member Bluehawk comment that historically the US does not have a good historical record in Latin America is, unfortunately, true. US since its founding has been looking toward europe while turning its back on its immediate neighbors to the South. Chocolates for Europe and a big stick for Latin America.

An example would be the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic was invaded twice by the US. The last time in the mid-1960's with 30.000 troops which is a large force. This was all because part of the military of the Dominican republic, which had popular support, wanted to reinstate a former President Juan Bosch who had been democratically elected after decades of being under a dictatorship. The democratically elected president had been overthrown after only being in office seven months by a military coup. That President was somewhat left leaning but he had won the election fair and square. US did not want him back has President so they sent in troops in support of the faction of the Dominican military which rather not have him back.

To those who understand Spanish here I provide two songs which deal with the two US invasions on the Dominican Republic. In there music they will always remember what happened.

Songs title "Glorious Pages". This deals with the second US invasion of the Dominican Republic in the mid-1960's.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoiPvPFqWfA"]Paginas Gloriosas Por Cuco Valoy Y Los Ahijados. - YouTube[/ame]


Songs title " The Invasion"". This deals with the first US invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1916.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDFWQPZrdMw"]Merengue de la invasion.wmv - YouTube[/ame]

People in Latin America generally like Americans but it seems some are wary about their government because of their historical record.
 
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