Robert Reich on War & Peace
Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor
Of course, we must proceed against terrorists with full force. Yet it’s also important to understand that our checkered history has shaped the understandings of many poor nations whose cooperation we need for that force to be effective.
In 1953, Guatemala's duly elected President, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman, initiated a program of land reform which included confiscation of the United Fruit Company's plantations; the CIA then bankrolled right-wing revolutionaries who, in 1954, helped the CIA pilots and aircraft supplied by Nicaragua dictator Anastasio Somoza, ultimately spared United Fruit so dismal a fate. Also in 1954, the US became quietly involved in Indochina, another area rich in natural resources.
That relations with Iran, Vietnam, and Central America became less than cordial in subsequent decades may have had something to do with America's unflinching eagerness during this era to use foreign policy in the service of the core American corporation.
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