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Should Latin American Countries Shut Down All US Military Bases?

Several U.S. bases were acquired not by mutual agreement, but through imperial conquest in the 1898 Spanish-American-Cuban War.

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The article originally appeared at NEO Presse. Translated for RI by Mihajlo Doknic

 

Former president of Columbia Ernesto Samper has called on Latin American countries, which Washington still disrespectfully refers to as America’s backyard, to review their relationship with the United States and to expel US troops and close military bases on Latin American territory. He said, “A good point on the new agenda of relations would be the elimination of US military bases.”

Samper added, “In a globalized world like the present one, you can’t ask for global rules for the economy and maintain unilateral rules for politics. No country has the right to judge the conduct of another and even less to impose sanctions and penalties on their own.”

It will be interesting to see, however, if, at the next Summit of the Americans, Latin American countries are able to unite in asking for the withdrawal of US troops. With 1,000  US military bases around world, this would be a first, if small, step forward.


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