Iran and Regional Adventurism, U.S. Should Address but not Make a Political Boogeyman

Readers of our blog know that we have been talking about Iranian meddling in the Americas since we started the DC Dispatches in 2007. Iran’s regional adventurism is a serious matter. Iran may be a small country in another part of the world, but its rulers have a forgotten that the great Persian empire is no more. …

South of the Border Win

The good guys won a big one this week south of the US-Mexico border. Mexican (and I’ll add US) authorities have captured a notorious thug, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka, Z-40) — a leader of the Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas. Thanks in great part to groups such as the Zetas, there are likely more …

Colombia Needs Another Approach, Land for Peace Not a Solution

Cuba sees political gold in this process. Land. We live on it. We grow our food and cultivate medicines from it. It is energy and mineral rich. A limited resource, land is the source of much conflict but also the key to future prosperity and stability. At least in theory. In Colombia, they’re fixing to …

Cuban Communist Party “Purges” Roles Under a Guise of Corruption Cleansing

According to a recent Miami Herald story, Cuba is cleaning up corruption within the government. Not sure if the Miami Herald is just plain gullible or, more likely, it is not interested in reporting the truth about how Communist Cuba works. The entire ruling system on that island is corrupt. From the grass roots to …

Cuba’s Communications Apartheid

The Obama Administration liberalized Cuba sanctions a few years ago. The regime responded, in kind, by arresting a U.S. citizen on a trumped up espionage charge. This post has nothing to do with the arrest of Alan Gross, but I mention it because it reflects the mindset of Cuba’s rulers. The only change they are …

Adios and Happy Trails

For folks who follow U.S. policy toward the Americas, this week we learned of a White House personnel change related and the Western Hemisphere.  Mr. Dan Restrepo was leaving and would be replaced by Mr. Ricardo Zuñiga, a career foreign service officer. The National Security Council staff includes individuals who cover different parts of the …

Obama’s Wonderful Latin America Journey Reinforces Failure, Fitting for this Administration

The Obama Administration had an opportunity to talk trade and economic growth during the President’s most recent trip to Latin America. Our ever salacious media delivered a suitable distraction: prostitutes. It is what we did not see that matters, right? The President’s national security staff prepared a series of well-orchestrated stops that reinforced the administration’s …