Monday, May 21, 2007

Pelosi, Dems Threaten A Vital U.S. Ally

Pelosi, Dems Threaten A Vital U.S. Ally
By Robert J. Caldwell

Congressional Democrats are taking aim at the decade-old alliance between the United States and Colombia, Washington's staunchest ally in Latin America. For sheer strategic myopia, it would be hard to beat this act of folly.

Even as much of Latin America moves left, Colombia's commendably democratic government continues to share the core U.S. values in the region - fighting terrorism, combating drug trafficking and liberalizing trade. Compare that agenda with the yanqui-bashing alliance pursued by Colombia's neighbor and rival, Venezuela, under leftist demagogue Hugo Chavez. While Chavez makes common cause with the Castro brothers in Cuba and courts Iran's radically anti-American regime, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe remains a committed democrat and firm friend of the United States.

You might assume, then, that Uribe would get a warm reception and a fair hearing on Capitol Hill when he visited Washington recently to lobby for ratification of the U.S.-Colombia free-trade pact and request continued economic and military assistance. What he got, instead, from the Democrats' congressional leadership was the equivalent of a diplomatic mugging.



Anonymous z said...

Sure! We can't have one country that likes America south of our border! It might shed good light on Bush!! One by one, they're pulling down our buddies and they feel Bush is ruining our reputation!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The leftist SOBs in our congress are trying like hell to destroy the one true ally we have in northern South America. We all know what this is really about. Les probably doesn't, he seems to have a thing for demading proof that the earth is actually rotating on it's axis. :-)

One nit I have to pick with the story. I spent a ton of time on counter narcotics ops in Central and South America. The story claims that over 80% of cocaine entering the U.S. comes from Columbia. Nonsense.

Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia provide at least as much, with Panama being a major transshipment point. Then onwards to Jamaica, Haiti, or more often Cuba (which provides state protection of huge shipments for large cash amounts). I have some memories of those fun times!


5:35 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thanks, Morgan for adding the--real--true life experience.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pleasure DONAL. The stories I would NEVER repeat in public from that region bring just as big a smile to my face :-)

Honestly I think we made a real dent in the supply.


6:37 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

The dems keep shooting themselves in the foot by saying and doing stupid, irresponsible things. It's one thing to object to the President's policies; it's another to take down this country just to prove a point. Can Columbia continue against an onslaught of world idiots? Let's pray that they hold strong in their beliefs.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Sounds like you had fun, Morgan!

6:07 AM  

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