The United States Military and its Ever-Extending Arms

The United States has long made its presence known to many countries in Latin America and the situation doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. Within the past couple of years, the United States has unveiled plans for new military bases in various countries in Central America. The ongoing “War on Drugs” is being cited as the reason for the increase in military presence. However, is the ongoing “war” actually producing enough results to justify the roughly twenty billion dollar price tag over the past decade? Policy-makers in Washington D.C. tend to believe it does although many countries where the United States is stationed would say otherwise; Honduras, in particular, is imploring the United States to withdraw its military forces in the area. It seems hard for the United States to justify hundreds of millions each year going towards operations that seem to yield little in results, as the drug trade in Latin America is still as strong as ever.



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