Should the U.S. be more active in Western Hemisphere nations like Haiti?

Posted Jan. 17, 2010, at 3:43 p.m.

Though the U.S. will send millions of dollars in aid to earthquake ravaged Haiti, and has helped the Caribbean nation in the past, the U.S. could have targeted spending on developing nations in our region of the world instead of, for example, spending $1 trillion in Iraq. Does it make sense for the U.S. to “adopt” its neighboring countries? By pulling

them out of poverty, the U.S. could benefit by creating markets for U.S. products and securing loyalty. Or does it make more sense to invest in the Middle East, where the seeds of terrorism lay?

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