We urgently need a new foreign policy to reestablish goodwill and trust in Latin America.
Decades of foreign-policy hypocrisy and economic double standards have resulted in a pervasive resistance to and suspicion of U.S. involvement in Latin America. The animosity manifests itself in ways that are direct threats to our national security: U.S. diplomats have been expelled, narcotics trafficking has reached record heights, and our military is being ousted from strategically important bases in the region. The United States is losing access and influence in Latin American and Caribbean nations like never before. Unless we act quickly, we may be unable to regain our standing in this vital area.