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 …

At Guantanamo, Cuba, Freedom Reigns

Since 2002 liberal political elites have complained, sometimes wailed, about how enemy combatants, suspected terrorists, are being treated by our military at our base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GiTMO). The mainstream media exaggerates the isolated mistakes, while discounting any of the good. Legions of lawyers in Washington, DC, most well-intentioned and doing a good job, …

Uranium in Latin America

Who is Doing What, Where is it Going?  I received several calls last week from reporters and colleagues recalling past conversations regarding nuclear proliferation and related concerns in the Western Hemisphere.  Folks skeptical when they first heard of this issue as it relates to the sleepy Americas, were now scratching their heads.  Prompted by reports by Colombian authorities that the …

Iran’s Western Hemisphere Strategy Reportedly Includes Central America TV Station

A colleague in South America sent me a news item that I wanted to pass along to my readers.  Folks who follow regional matters have known for some time that Iran has slowly been creeping its way into various pockets in the Americas.  Pick a leftist, rogue, and anti-American leader in the Western Hemisphere and …

Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in Latin America Continues

Brazil and Argentina to Build a Nuclear Sub, Latin America’s First  On December 15, 2007 in the northeast Brazilian City of Natal, Latin America’s two leading nuclear power generating countries – Argentina and Brazil – made some history.   At Brazil’s space launch facility at Barriera do Inferno (e.g., Barrier of Hell), the two countries successfully launched a research …

An Iranian “Base” in Central America

A few weeks ago Iranian gunboats engaged in a dangerous exercise threatening U.S. warships in the Straits of Hormuz.   The incident generated headlines and stories for several days as well as fascinating, albeit grainy, video coverage of the encounters.  As Secretary of Defense Bob Gates commented, the encounters serve as “[a] reminder that there is a very unpredictable …