In response to the recent military coup in Thailand, the United States has imposed sanctions against the nation which include cutting off $24 million
in military assistance.
'The United States continues to urge a rapid return to democratic rule and early elections in Thailand,' said State Department spokesman Sean
They said yesterday they had chosen a new leader for an interim government who would be installed in a few days, but would not confirm that is was
front-running candidate Surayud Chulanont, Thailand's former army commander.
At least two Thai news organisations, INN radio news and the website of newspaper The Nation claimed Chulanont.
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Well at least they're continuing to inject a bit of money in some areas, such as combating diseases and terrorism, but I still personally see this
as just another case where the U.S. is sticking its nose where it doesn't really belong.
Cutting aid relating to international military education and training and peacekeeping operations just doesn't seem like a step in the right
direction. I'm not an international politics buff, but it seems like every time they're not sure what to do, the American government just slaps a
sanction on the offending country.
The coup was widely welcomed in Thailand, even through it was condemned by a lot of Western nations, and although yes
, it may have been a step
backwards, at least now they can start again fresh faced.
Well, at least according to the History of U.S. sanctions
, most of these measures taken
by the U.S. haven't worked.
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