At least we're consistent...

"The United States demanded open economies with free access to resources, favorable market conditions, a docile working class, a compliant political elite, and a friendly climate of investment that included minimum competition, maximum protection, and political stability."

I know, you are probably thinking these are the words of some particularly forthcoming spokesperson for the current administration, trying to explain why we went into Iraq in the first place, but actually this is Louis Pérez, describing US foreign policy in the Caribbean almost exactly one hundred years ago, in his aptly titled book, Cuba Under the Platt Amendment.

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