Israel’s Moshe Ya’alon: Iran brought terrorism to the Americas

With a very few notable exceptions, most DC-based Western Hemisphere policy experts, for years, have downplayed Iran’s influence in the Americas. This would include both Democratic and Republican policymakers and staff. Granted, after 09/11/01 there was a great deal of anecdotal information in the Latin American media about Iranian activities throughout the region. It has …

Criminals and Terrorists Kill, Not Guns

Just a few years ago, you could not get people in this town to focus on the pockets of instability throughout the Western Hemisphere. It is not top-ranked news but, as of late, it has become the issue du jour in some wonk circles.  Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan still dominate the headlines and think tank …

The Obama Administration’s Easter Gift for the Cuban Regime, an Economic Lifeline

Just in time for Easter, the Obama Administration this afternoon issued the long-awaited Cuba travel regulations that will allow for more travel and remittances to Cuba. It is no coincidence whatsoever that the Communist Party Congress just wrapped up its business earlier this week.  A nice life-line for the regime that joins the chorus of …

Colombia, Not Sure What to Think of President Santos

Earlier this week, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said, yet again, that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has been helpful in the war against the FARC terrorist group. “President Chavez has said: ‘If you find a FARC camp in Venezuela, give me the coordinates and we will respond immediately.’ When we have given him the information, …

Around Town …

According to the Associated Press, “Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority — and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself.”  Read the entire story, here. Hudson Institute: Basque ETA Terrorists Move to Venezuela, Team …

Iran’s Dirty Game in the Western Hemisphere is a Symptom

The following article by Caroline Glick, Why Latin America Turned Against Israel, is well worth a read. Glick argues there are three trends that have given rise to anti-Israel sentiment in the region: (1) Hugo Chavez; (2) the Venezuela-Iran alliance; and (3) cravenness of U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and the Middle East. Some comments from …

Incoming Congress Should Audit the OAS

U.S. taxpayers should know exactly what their money is being spent on.  One area that rarely receives any attention are international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS).  The oldest regional organization in the world, the OAS has been in existence longer than the United Nations and was created to deal with regional …