AMERICAN NOTES: Now, the Ford Doctrine

For more than 150 years the U.S. Monroe Doctrine barring European powers from meddling in Latin America guided U.S. foreign policy in the Southern Hemisphere. In recent times the doctrine has grown dusty; no one in Europe was interested in Latin America. Last week President Ford uncorked a new version of the old policy, enunciating what might be called the Ford Doctrine. Angry over Premier Fidel Castro's decision last December to dispatch Cuban troops to Angola, Ford denounced Castro as an "international outlaw" before a group of Cubans in Miami just about...

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