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The Fate of Freedom ElsewhereHuman Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina$
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William Michael Schmidli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451966

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451966.001.0001

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From Counterinsurgency to State-Sanctioned Terror

From Counterinsurgency to State-Sanctioned Terror

Waging the Cold War in Latin America

(p.8) 1 From Counterinsurgency to State-Sanctioned Terror
The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere

William Michael Schmidli

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the 1976 Argentine coup d’état. When the commanders of the three branches of the Argentine service announced the inauguration of the “National Reorganization Process,” few Argentines expressed genuine surprise as it was an open secret that military preparations for a political takeover had advanced to the final stage, with meticulous orders distributed to units across Argentina. When the military assumed power on March 24, 1976, U.S. ambassador Robert C. Hill offered full and definite support. This support for the Argentine military takeover exemplified a defining feature of U.S. policy toward Latin America during the Cold War: quiet cultivation of strong ties with politically ambitious Latin America militaries to protect U.S. national security.

Keywords:   Argentine coup d’état, National Reorganization Process, Robert C. Hill, U.S. policy, Cold War, Latin America militaries, U.S. national security

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