Sec. of State John Kerry dumps the Monroe Doctrine

Now the latest outrage from the Obama administration. Secretary of State John Kerry declares the Monroe Doctrine to be dead.

What the hell?

Who decided to overturn almost two centuries of U.S. policy in which America protected North and South American continents from European intrusion?

Monroe DoctrineThe Monroe Doctrine did not state that we have a right to interfere in our neighboring nation's sovereignty, as Kerry would have us believe in his kowtowing to South American dictators. The doctrine states that it was the U.S. policy that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention.

Is this one more thing that President Barack Obama didn't know about (like all the problems with Obamacare)? Or is this something else that Obama decided to unilaterally spring on us.

Sure, you can argue that the doctrine is "paternalistic." But it's part of our history and had a real impact when it came to keeping the European colonizers at bay. Is this now a very bad thing?

Shouldn't we even talk about this?

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  • Who would think that you still have such a soft spot in your heart for the antiquated Monroe Doctrine? Nostalgia only goes so far.

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