Arms Aid to Latin America

Archive Report

Latin Generals and United States Arms

Criticism of Military Aid to Latin America

A resurgence of military influence in Latin American countries, notably Argentina and Peru, has raised demands in the Congress of the United States for review of this country's 10-year-old policy of arms aid to other republics of the Western Hemisphere. Toppling during the decade of a number of Latin American dictator generals—Odria in Peru, Rojas Pinilla in Colombia, Perez Jimenez in Venezuela, and Batista in Cuba—led to the assumption that democratic processes were graining strength in a region long addicted to military dictatorship.1 Now, however, it looks as if that assumption had been premature.

Constitutional processes took a beating recently in Peru; Argentine generals and admirals, after throwing out one President and installing another, ...

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