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Unformatted text preview: er of additional, and ruinous, “sequester” provisions on the horizon, the Pentagon is now actively planning a more modest global profile. To that end, back in May, General Douglas Fraser, the outgoing head of U.S. Southern Command, the combatant command responsible for the Americas, told lawmakers that it plans to retract to Central America and focus predominantly on the threats posed by the region’s rampant drug and arms trades. In other words, the United States is getting out of the business of competing for strategic influence in Latin America, and doing so at precisely the time that Iran is getting serious about it. That could end up being a costly mistake. As the findings of the Homeland Security Committee’s study indicate, Iran’s presence south of the U.S. border represents more than a mere annoyance. It is, rather, a potential front for Iranian action against the United States —one that could well be activated if and when the current cold war between Iran and the West o...
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- Summer '12