Tillerson’s efforts to stop foreign adversaries from expanding in Latin America are wise

Tillerson’s efforts to stop foreign adversaries from expanding in Latin America are wise

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just wrapped up a multinational journey of Latin America and, by all accounts, the trip was a resounding success.

Oddly enough, what continues to make headlines is not the successful visits to leaders in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Jamaica.

Nor are the headlines about the Mexican foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, declaring that Mexico’s relationship with the Trump administration is closer than with his predecessor.

It was a remark he made at University of Texas, Austin prior to the tour about the success and continued relevancy of the Monroe Doctrine. As usual, administration critics attacked Tillerson’s statements as outdated and intrusive. What they failed to recognize is that the Monroe Doctrine was never about American interventionism. In fact, it was clearly the opposite. As stated in the first paragraph:

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… the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. …

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