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Argentine Thuggery at Home and Abroad

7:15 AM, Dec 13, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
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One final point about the U.S.-Argentina relationship: I agree with Heritage Foundation scholar Luke Coffey that Washington should revoke Argentina’s status as a “major non-NATO ally” (MNNA). America currently has 15 MNNAs in total: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. Argentina formally received that designation during the Clinton administration, largely as a reward to then–Argentine president Carlos Menem for his pro-U.S. foreign policy and willingness to support international peacekeeping efforts.

During the 1990s, Argentina deserved its MNNA status. But its recent behavior should disqualify it from membership in such an exclusive club.

Jaime Daremblum, who served as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2004, is director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Hudson Institute.

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