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Ventures in Power The White House and its Machinations South of United States Borders I look forward to a great future for America--a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint its wealth with our wisdom its power with our purpose John F Kennedy America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision to realize an ideal--to discover and maintain liberty among men Woodrow Wilson The United States government and its branches have throughout history ignored the meaning of these quotes just as it has ignored human rights violations in the interest of capitalism In Nicaragua a major anti-socialist group was committing atrocities Rape starvation and disciplinary tethering were tortures that new contra recruits were forced to endure The contras were supported unconditionally by Washington and trained by the C I A In Chile the Pinochet military junta murdered thousands of Allendes supporters The regime was backed fully by the White House Over the course of the past century and a half economic and strategic interests were put above all moral and ethical priorities when involved in foreign countries This nations leaders consistently express pride in the rights to freedom and justice yet have exemplified the perfect contrary through the governments behavior in Cuba Chile Panama Nicaragua and Venezuela The hypocrisies and lies perpetrated by the American government were extensive and deleterious to its good name and the actions taken by this notorious government were crippling to our Latin American neighbors Take for example Cuba This island country has had a history of Communism even under Batista ruler before Fidel Castro came to power He had appointed to his cabinet the first avowed Communist ever to serve in any Western government Smith 316 However Cuba has been a target of American hostility ever since Castro took power The United States has
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