Spying scandal sends US influence on Latin America into nosedive

Democratic leaders from Mexico to Argentina are so resentful of American influence that they are now willing to take action. Spies did the trick.

America for the Americans – this is a cornerstone of United States’ foreign policy. That doctrine, introduced 190 years ago by President James Monroe, means this: foreigners keep out of the US’ backyard. For decades it [US foreign policy] also sat well with the elites in Latin America. They even promoted generals to dictators if the men in uniform loved Washington enough. Well, those days are long gone.

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