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  •  It is so obvious (5+ / 0-)

    I have been telling anyone who would listen this very same message for a long time. Imagine if our oil companies had invested in extracting oil from Mexico instead of the Middle East what a huge difference that would have made. Mexico would now be as wealthy as some of the Arab countries and its citizens would not need to leave to find economic opportunity. I believe that the key problem with our economic foreign policies is that they have been driven by corporate greed. The oil companies went into the middle east, started drilling millions of gallons of oil and then forced our government to defend their interests. This is the real reason we are in Iraq now and our government continues to follow corporate America to every little hell hole they want to exploit. When Jimmy Carter was elected he attempted to establish a foreign policy based strictly on democratic principles. If you supported deocracy we supported you; if you didn't we would cut off your aid. Corporations prefer corrupt dictators because they can be easily bribed into giving away all of the countries natural resources on the cheap. This is how Republican foreign policy works, support dictators, and overthrow democracies that you don't agree with. How crazy is that? In order to change this we have to stop letting corporate America lead in establishing our foreign policy and develop policies more in line with Carters' that aid in fostering the growth of real democracies and improve the lives of their citizens

    •  A tale of two cities (1+ / 0-)
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      MamasGun

      Your observation

      we have to stop letting corporate America lead in establishing our foreign policy

      is closely related to the general drift of WonkyDonkey's post above

      Mexico is feudal oligarchy...with plenty of resources to launch its own development.  it is the corrupt economic, legal and political system, along with US economic imperialism that keeps such a large portion of the country in extreme poverty.

      In both cases, we see that progressive democratic ideals applied to national governance would improve the global future!  However this change, devoutly to be wished, offers at best enormous national and global changes.  

      The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function -- Edward Teller.

      by lgmcp on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 08:52:34 AM PDT

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    •  Good idea, but...... (3+ / 0-)
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      seaprog, MamasGun, lgmcp

      Mexico nationalized its oil industry back in the 30's.

      It's illegal for anyone except Pemex to drill for oil in Mexico or distribute it.

      At one time, nationalization was probably meant to protect the interests of the Mexican people.

      Now, it's meant to provide an easy target for rich, white conservative Mexicans to embezzle from.

      •  Nationalized industry (2+ / 0-)
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        Abou Ben Adhem, lgmcp

        This is one of the reasons that American Corporations have been adverse to going into South American countries. They fear governments nationalizing industries. I don't think though that this precludes American companies from doing contract work for those entities, entering into limited partnerships with them, or contracting to our government while we partner with their govenrment which is what we are doing in Iraq now. I believe that there are workable solutions available as long as their is a will to succeed. I think what is lacking is a desire on the part of Corporate America to do anything that is not motivated by extreme profit. But profit as motivation is bad foreign policy.

    •  It is obvious, isn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      Abou Ben Adhem, MamasGun

      That's why this argument can put the Dems out front on this issue.  It's the only long-term solution.

      The Fence and even the Boy Scouts on the border won't keep those 66 million people out over the next 20 years.

      That's a total fantasy.  Developing Mexico is not.
      Thanks for the post.

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