Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean (Book Review)

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean (Book Review)

...... John Foster Dulles had made it clear that staff should 'do nothing to offend the dictators; they are the only people we can depend on.' ...  Past imperial over-reach, and present financial crises, might be bringing to a close the US era of adventurism that Red Heat describes. Is it not time for historians to explore fresher material too? ... ...

'Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean, by Alex von Tunzelmann, Simon & Schuster, RRP£25, 528 pages

The anecdote boils down as well as any in Alex von Tunzelmann’s sweeping history of US foreign policy in the Caribbean during the cold war. It was a donkey. Washington was under no illusion as to its allies’ democratic pretensions or human rights records. At the state department, John Foster Dulles had made it clear that staff should

...do nothing to offend the dictators; they are the only people we can depend on. But, as von Tunzelmann tells it, the result was a crucible of folly that also forged later and more costly foreign policy mistakes in Vietnam and, most recently, the Middle East. .... CONTINUED...

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