Today in Unrealistic and Ridiculous Views on US-Latin American Relations

I’ve been critical of previous iterations of Mitt Romney’s views on Latin America, but Greg Weeks points us to a Romney surrogate’s views of Latin America and US foreign policy. Suffice to say, it’s pretty terrible. Among other things, it calls Venezuela a “violent gang of anti-American Bolivarians” without offering any examples of said violence directed towards the US; equates alleged violence in Venezuela and Cuba to drug cartels in Mexico; praises unpopular free trade agreements; and proclaims that the region “looks to” the U.S. and that Brazil has only a “fragile political stability,” in spite of the fact that politics at the federal, state, and municipal levels are vibrant and that democratic institutions in Brazil are, if anything, stronger than ever before. Almost all of it is boilerplate partisanship of the worst kind, and one could go to town on any number of flawed views and understandings of Latin American politics and the US’s relations with the region in the 21st century, but it would be a waste of breath. Greg offers perhaps the most perfect and succinct discarding of this type of view of foreign relations from the Romney supporters:  “What’s up with the assertion that Brazil is fragile and needs the U.S.? Good grief.”

Indeed.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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