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" America has always been somewhat dismissive of its southern neighbors. From President James Monroe's doctrine of 1823 through Teddy Roosevelt's ""big stick"" demonstration on San Juan Hill in 1898, U.S. policy toward Latin America has long been shaped by pure self-interest. And since the construction of the Panama Canal in 1914, the U.S. has intervened in the affairs of other countries in the hemisphere at least 34 times. THE U.S. IN LATIN AMERICA: YANKEE GO HOME turns a critical eye toward three recent incidents the invasions of Grenada and Panama and the occupation of Haiti. Respectively, they were ordered by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. In each case, the actions were justified as protecting American interests but were we ever really threatened, or were these incidents simply an example of America beating up on its neighbors? Extensive footage shows American forces in action, and foreign policy experts examine the stated goals and results of each episode. And hear from Dr. Robert A. Pastor, of Atlanta's Carter Center, who personally negotiated with Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega and Haitian dictator Raoul Cedras."
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