Good Neighbor Imperialism: U.S.-Latin American Relations under Obama

by Walt Vanderbush

1. Greg Grandin, Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism, (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006).

2. All quotations are from the May 23, 2008 speech: "Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Renewing U.S. Leadership in the Americas," Miami, FL, May 23, 2008

3. During a July 2008 trip to Cuba, for example, I visited a large Israeli citrus farm just outside Havana that was a joint venture with the Cuban government.

4. "Castro’s sabotage ending U.S. Cuba embargo: Clinton," Reuters, April 9, 2010

5. Of the 14 countries on the full list to get enhanced screening (the other ten were described as "countries of interest"), Cuba is both the only country in the Western Hemisphere and the only one without a significant Muslim population.

6. Greg Grandin, "Muscling Latin America," The Nation, February 8, 2010.

7. "Clinton warns Latin America against ‘flirting’ with Iran," El Universal (Caracas), December 11, 2009

8. Eva Golinger, "Washington Alters U.S. Air Force Document to Hide Intentions Behind Military Accord with Colombia," Venezuelanalysis, November 27, 2009

9. Lynn Sweet, "Obama, Calderon, Mexico City press conference transcript," April 17, 2009

10. Homeland Security Press Release: "Secretary Napolitano Announces Record-breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics Achieved under the Obama administration," October 6, 2010

11. Juan Forero, "Obama and Chavez Start Sparring Early," Washington Post, January 19, 2009

12. Eva Golinger, "US Interference in Venezuela Keeps Growing," August 5, 2010

13. In a candid moment, then assistant secretary state for western hemisphere affairs, Thomas Shannon defended the Security and Prosperity Partnership among the US, Canada, and Mexico as a way of "armoring NAFTA." So, if we add trade agreements with Panama and Colombia to extend NAFTA, we would want to make sure that we can armor that full trade corridor. Shannon’s comment was made at a speech to the Council on the Americas, April 3, 2008

14. Sam Youngman, "White House unloads anger over criticism from ‘professional left,’" The Hill, August 8, 2010