Tuesday, June 17, 2008

U.S. POWER IN LATIN AMERICA WANING

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At June 17, 2008 10:29 PM, Anonymous Citizen Sane said...

Now if only U.S. power in North America was on the wane as well...

 
At June 18, 2008 8:42 AM, Anonymous Craig said...

Actually, Obama knows this all too well, and plans to win back the South America that Bush lost.

For example, in a speech to Cuban exiles in Florida, he revealed that he intended to continue the trade embargo against Cuba, and then decided to take things a bit further. He claimed that the US, under Bush, was "losing Latin America", and that "demagogues like Hugo Chávez" had stepped "into the vacuum." He then proceeded to raise the spectre of Iranian influence in the region, saying that "just the other day Tehran and Caracas launched a joint bank with their windfall oil profits."

He then claimed that Columbia - a government that has ties with death squads, carrying out assassinations and worse - was correct to bomb rebel camps across its borders in Ecuador. Obama said that he would "support Colombia's right to strike terrorists who seek safe-havens across its borders."

Obama also supports the Merida Initiative (the so-called "Columbian solution") for Mexico, whereby funds are provided to the military and police forces in South American countries in order to combat crime. These funds have been put to good use in Columbia in helping create the aforementioned death squads. A perfect role model. It sounds like the School of Americas all over again, except this time its not the Reds they're fighting, but criminals and drug runners. Even worse, Obama added that We must press further south as well".

See Greg Grandin's article "Losing Latin America: What Will the Obama Doctrine be Like?"

 
At June 18, 2008 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very curious that no one even mentions the new South American Union, which I think is one of the most significant developments of our time. And hardly anyone mentions the African Union either. I guess the idea is that if the north pretends they don't exist they'll just go away.

I find it rather frightening just how rapidly Obama has moved to the right since he won the nomination. I'd expected it, since he's a Democrat, but it's still unsettling.

 

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