Making Some Sense of Anti-American Shenanigans in South America, It is Not a Cold War Part Deux

The U.S. Ambassadors to Bolivia and Venezuela have been expelled this week from South America.  An act of political immaturity on the part of these two South American countries, we should respond, in kind, and with clarity of purpose.  In other words, we should provide exit papers for their Ambassadors in Washington, DC and begin …

Open A GiTMO Relief Center for Cuba, Haiti Hurricane Victims

While currently blinded by political myopia, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike could very well be the Cuban Communist Party’s undoing.  The Communist Party’s rejection of U.S. humanitarian assistance confirms that the regime is not interested in change, but more of the same.  Fidel Castro may have been sidelined, but Fidelismo lives on through his brother …

U.S. Claims Against Cuba, Buyer Beware

Our law is clear on the timing of changes on our part and it is clearly not ripe for any change, much less dealing with these claims matters. Cuba remains an active supporter of terrorist groups throughout the Americas; harbors fugitives, including cop killers from U.S. law; is seeking U.S. military and commercial secrets to …

On Mexico, Terrorism, Cross-Border Violence, and U.S. Interests

Mexico cannot speak with diplomatic forked tongues on these and other issues and expect the U.S. taxpayers to remain silent on the political sidelines. The folks at Mexican Trucker Online recently took issue with my characterizing the Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN) as a terrorist organization, adding that I was also implying in a post on …

Strong Nation-States Needed for A Robust Inter-American System

If Mexico allowed al-Qaeda to build camps on the Mexico-side of the U.S.-Mexico border, would Mexico really expect the U.S. to sit idly by and do nothing?  Why should Colombia act any differently when dealing with the FARC? An unreasonable reliance on multilateralism to advance the national interest is a vice. And, like any vice, …

U.S./Cuba Policy: Put U.S. Interests First

The announcement earlier this week that the U.S. would allow cell phones, pre-paid cell phone accounts, and possibly other related items to be shipped to Cuba, is not extraordinary or innovative. It reminded me of that old, yet well-known cell phone commercial of the fellow walking to odd locations with his cell phone to test …

U.S. Policy toward Colombia Vindicated, Again

While you will not get the sense from the reporting in the media that it is so, U.S. taxpayers’ return on investments in Colombia, in the form of years of foreign assistance programs, is finally yielding some tangible results. Yet, rather than boosting support for one our staunches allies in the Western Hemisphere by approving …