I read with great interest Greg Grandin's article. It is well written and points out the very erroneous policies towards Latin America throughout the history of the United States. But may I suggest to him that he write an article tititled "What Can Obama Do in Puerto Rico?" in order to state the facts about Puerto Rico/US political relationship and how best to address the issue of the subordination of our country? One point is the falsehood of the establishment of Puerto Rico's "commonwealth" status in 1952 and the matter of insular cases' being decided in US courts in relation to the policy of "foreign in a domestic sense"--how to address the matter that Puerto Rico belongs to but is not part of the United States, based on those juridical cases, and that the island is subject to the territorial clause of the United States Constitution. The Nation should address the case of Puerto Rico as well, since we are a part of Latin America that everyone turns their eyes away from in order not to deal with the issue of defining the island's political status.
New York , NY
Apr 19 2009 - 8:35am