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 …

Iranian Regime TV Beamed in the Americas

Two European companies, Hispasat, and it appears another one with strong U.S. ties, Intelsat, are reportedly going to facilitate satellite broadcasts in Latin America for Iran, a state sponsor of terror. According to an article in Broadband TV News, “Iran has secured capacity on three satellites for distribution of its Spanish language TV channel … …

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, …