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Miami Conference Signals Further Militarization of US Policy in Central America


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Miami Conference Signals Further Militarization of US Policy in Central America

Jake Johnston

In a high-level meeting Friday, the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will discuss the region’s security with American and Mexican officials. Innocuous enough, you may think. But part of the meeting will be held on a US military base in Miami, Florida ― the headquarters of the US Southern Command, the Pentagon’s regional subsidiary that oversees American military operations throughout Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Under President Donald Trump, the militarization of US foreign policy is about to stretch more deeply into Central America.


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We face forwards and walk backwards. Doesn't this seem like a Reagan redux in Central America? Calling Ollie North - Do you still have those Contra phone numbers?

I'm sorry but the author used the term 'US Policy in Central America' ...um? Did we have an actual 'policy' in Central America other than giving military aid to horrendous regimes and juntas and training their torturers and death squads in the School of the Americas? Yep Trump sees our future back in the America of the past (the 50's).

We go backwards! Hmmn? Maybe Central America has been too quiet in recent days. Time to shake things up and fund government terrorism against the Indios once again. Get some practice on the logistics of rounding up and warehousing select groups for their guys and ours (as interested observers).


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Just what we and the people of Central America do NOT need:; the U.S. military metastasizing into another part of the world, and making things worse than they found them!


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It's another jobs program for ex-military specialists, probably from the MENA Wars, to run training activities for Central American military and police units. And, for privately funded security businesses to work with para-military local forces to protect the operations of the various engaged Corporations. With little input from those most directly affected; who are now, quite ironically, called " local insurgents " by their own gov'ts.
I'm sure the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will offer plenty of recommendations to make best use of all these rearranged priorities between the State Dept. and the U.S. Military. Basically fed by an " off the books " payroll from the DoD. Which never seems to get audited for their appearances, anyway. Cynical people could get the impression they are colluding, running a type of slush fund, perhaps.


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Articles like this should just say, "Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala" instead of "Central America." The other Central American countries -- Panama, Belize, Costa Rica -- are not really part of the description in this article.

In fact, Costa Rica has no army and is strongly opposed to any military on their soil. Each year, the Costa Rican Legislature must give permission for Navy and Coast Guard ships to dock. Each year, the military personnel from those ships will typically distribute items to remote villages and provide some health care and veterinary assistance. Yeah, that's great. But Costa Rica has a great health care system, plenty of vets and a solid economy that allows for distribution of goods and services to their poor.
In fact, many Costa Ricans object strongly to even that much military presence and are suspicious of the ulterior motives of the US -- and rightly so.

It's probably a good idea for Mexico to beef up its border with Guatemala to prevent illegal immigrants from getting to the Rio Grande - but - it's a longish border and kind of wild so probably not that effective. Much like the Mexico/US border.

In Costa Rica, we are kind of holding our breath to see what actual effect the Trump Administration will have on our country and our people. Our most fervent hope right now is that he continues to ignore us.