Guantánamo: An American History

Guantánamo: An American History

Jonathan M. Hansen

An on-the-ground background of yank empire

Say the note "Guantánamo" and orange jumpsuits, chain-link fences, torture, and indefinite detention spring to mind. To critics across the world, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a remarkable image of yank hypocrisy. however the criminal is not the entire tale. For greater than centuries, Guantánamo has been on the heart of yank imperial ambition, first as an item of hope then as a handy staging ground.

In Guantánamo: An American History, Jonathan M. Hansen provides the 1st whole account of this interesting position. The U.S. presence at Guantánamo predates even the state itself, because the bay figured centrally within the imperial growth plans of colonist and British sailor Lawrence Washington―half brother of the long run president George. because the younger usa rose in strength, Thomas Jefferson and his fans predicted an enormous "empire of liberty," which hinged on U.S. regulate of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Politically and geographically, Guantánamo Bay used to be the major to this approach. So while Cubans took up fingers opposed to their Spanish rulers in 1898, the USA swooped in to make sure that Guantánamo could prove firmly in its keep an eye on.

Over the subsequent century, the yankee army grew to become the bay into an idyllic smooth Mayberry―complete with bungalows, cul-de-sacs, and nation clubs―which base citizens nonetheless take pleasure in. in lots of methods, Guantánamo continues to be extra quintessentially American than the US itself: a distillation of the idealism and conceitedness that has characterised U.S. nationwide identification and international coverage from the very beginning.

Despite the Obama administration's repeated efforts to shutter the infamous felony, the naval base is in no hazard of last each time quickly. locations like Guantánamo, which fall among the transparent borders of legislations and sovereignty, proceed to serve a function despite which leaders―left, correct, or center―hold the reins of power.

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