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On the other hand, Latin American countries are not anarchies like Afghanistan or cobbled-together colonial states like Vietraq. In many (most?) Latin American countries, you can enact a quick little coup without having the country fall apart.

In Afghanistan, you can't coup the government, because the government is a paper tiger and in Vietraq a coup would run the risk of an extremely nasty series of seccession wars.

It may be that I'm simply inadequately informed about the regional tensions in Latin America, but my distinct impression is that such meltdowns would be somewhat less likely than in the Greater Middle East.

And then there is my sneaking suspicion that Vietraq and Afghanistan were less about securing sattelite states than about securing failed states from which to run black ops directed against Iran and Russia. The US would have little interest in creating a genuinely failed state in its own back yard - after all, that might allow someone else to run their black ops against the US from a base of operations in comfortable proximity...

Finally, it is possible that Vietraq and Afghanistan were for purely domestic consumption (we have always been at war with Eurasia!), in which case conducting them at a safe distance on a different continent also makes a lot more sense than conducting them in your own back yard.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Apr 28th, 2008 at 03:42:55 PM EST
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