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November 19, 2013 - 8:24 am

The Monroe Doctrine has guided American foreign policy since 1823. Through it, the United States pledged to oppose European intervention into North and South America. Adopted in the colonial era, it went on to guide the US through the Cold War, when the Soviet Union allied with Cuba and sought to establish beachheads in Latin America by force. President John F. Kennedy invoked it during the Cuban Missile Crisis. President Ronald Reagan invoked it during the Grenada crisis and other Cold War battles.

Speaking at the Organization of American States Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry had declared that 190 year old bipartisan policy dead.

Kerry said, “In the early days of our republic, the United States made a choice about its relationship with Latin America. President James Monroe, who was also a former secretary of state, declared that the United States would unilaterally and as a matter of fact act as the protector of the region. The doctrine that bears his name asserted our authority to step in and oppose the influence of European powers in Latin America. And throughout our nation’s history, successive presidents have reinforced that doctrine and made a similar choice. Today, however, we have made a different choice. The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.”

In the video, tentative applause can be heard in reaction to Kerry’s statement. It’s unclear what Kerry and the Obama administration mean by ending the Doctrine without any warning or consultation with Congress or with our regional allies. Do they mean that the United States will no longer intervene and save flailing regional economies, as the US bailed out Mexico during the Clinton administration? Do they intend to signal China that the US will not resist its efforts to increase its influence in the Americas? Just what fresh scheme is the Obama administration up to?

Rejecting the Monroe Doctrine now is a strange statement, coming from the same administration that heavily and bizarrely involved itself on the wrong side in Honduras as recently as 2009.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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This is surreal. The ship of state is being navigated by lunatics.
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Just the Obama regime giving the Muslim Brotherhood the green light in Latin America.
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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The Monroe Doctrine also included the US refraining from interfering with existing European colonies or European affairs. It's been a dead letter since the Spanish-American War.
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It's probably a sweetener for Iran since they are so busy in Venezuela, Bolivia and Paraguay. And to the Chinese. Obama Doctrine: Grovel and appease your enemies and double cross your (former) allies.

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Well, let's see, isn't Obama's Mooslim buddies setting up shop in some of the South American countries? Trade agreements, swapping weapons and such? And hasn't Iran already tried to send terrorists up through South America to cross our southern border? Could it be that pesky old Monroe Doctrine is interfering with their plans?
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What in the heck made Kerry bring this up? Shepard N7 is right, but what are the motives? More distractions from the scandals and the failure of Obamacare, kind of like throwing metal out of a jet to throw off tracking missiles? Bewildering and utlimately harmful.
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This is surreal. The ship of state is being navigated by lunatics.
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Absolutely stunned. When I opened the article I expected to see some oblique reference or slip of the tongue by Kerry, which _implied_ the end of the Monroe Doctrine. I never even imagined that it could be so suddenly ended, at a formal occasion, with absolutely no discussions, and with utmost clarity.

I cannot begin to contemplate a reasonable motive for this. With tin foil hat firmly in place, my most logical conclusion is that it was done specifically because the continent of South America is one of the few remaining continents that Obama has not thrown into complete chaos. Until now.
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Apparently this is old news, according to WSJ. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/11/18/kerry-makes-it-official-era-of-monroe-doctrine-is-over/

Some of this is competing worldviews.
Liberal worldview - MD equates to U.S. ability to unilaterally intervene in Latin and South American affairs, simply by citing this doctrine.
Conservative worldview - MD equates to keeping other world powers from bullying Latin/South America.

My POV is that the era of uninvited interventions is over. This announcement merely emboldens foreign powers to move in an bully the region.
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"Adopted in the colonial era,..."

The colonial era ended in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Under Monroe, we were in the "Era of Good Feelings," a misnomer for an age of one-party Democratic rule, after the collapse of the Federalists.

Regardless, Kerry is once again a boob. Future presidents, even a Democrat, will surely find need to resurrect the Monroe Doctrine as China increasingly challenges us and Iran tries to spread its terror networks through the region, or in reaction to threats yet unknown. While respecting the sovereignty of the nations of the region, only the United States has the power to defend the hemisphere.
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The US colonial era =/= the world colonial era, which is the context in this post.
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Ah, okay, I misunderstood you there.
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