But, says guest blogger James Bosworth, the Republican presidential candidates are all too busy being afraid of Hezbollah and Hugo Chávez, and trying to apply old doctrines to the modern era.
There were a lot of mentions of Latin America, or at least Mexico, in last night's GOP debate. Enough mentions that I saw several Asia experts complaining that the debate spent too much time on Mexico and immigration and not enough on China and India.
Here are the comments related Latin America policy other than immigration.
Asked a question about US-Mexico border security, here was Texas Gov. Rick Perry's full rambling answer:
Well, let me kind of broaden it out. I think it's time for a 21st century Monroe Doctrine. When you think about what we put in place in the – in the 1820s, and then we used it again in the 1960s with the Soviet Union. We're seeing countries start to come in and infiltrate. We know that Hamas and Hezbollah are working in Mexico, as well as Iran, with their ploy to come into the United States.
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