National Security Adviser John Bolton raised a yellow warning flag about American military intervention. Or, anyway, a yellow legal pad, which he carried into a White House press briefing conspicuously displaying a single provocative notation: “5,000 troops to Colombia.” Should the US invade Venezuela, it would be the latest in a long history of meddling in Latin American countries, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Haiti, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Grenada and Uruguay.
According to Brown University Professor of International Relations Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, US-backed coups and invasions tend to follow a deceitful and dangerous pattern. He and Bob discuss how the press and the US government often exploit human rights abuses to provoke warmongering among the American people, and why short-term interventions often lead to long-term despair.
This segment is from the February 1, 2019 program of On the Media, Misery in the Name of Liberty.