Whitewashing & Policy Laundering Cuban Terrorism

(Update, 21 Feb): After I posted this item yesterday morning, later in the day a colleague in town advised me that the Obama Administration named Bernie Aronson — a former government official who currently heads a private equity investment firm — as U.S. envoy to the Colombia-FARC “peace talks.” Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about this appointment …

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 …

Cuba-supported Terror Group, FARC, Speaks with a Forked Tongue

For Colombia, last week supposed to be the week of peace. It was anything but. Five Colombian soliders were killed by the FARC terrorist group, just a few days after peace talks were launched in Oslo. The FARC have no interest in peace. If it did, it would lay down arms and agree to a ceasefire. What …

Colombia’s FARC Folly, Cuba’s End Game

Over on Facebook recently I posted the following comment to see what reaction it would receive from interested FB connections: Starting to wonder if Colombia was forced to negotiate with the FARC to secure the FTA from the Obama Administration. These FARC talks with Cuba make no sense. Bad for Colombia and regional matters. When …

Colombia’s President Santos Misses the Mark

Prostitutegate aside, there were other, more pressing things that happened at the Summit of the Americas two weeks ago. We can tinker with a lot of things. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, for example, sideswipe of U.S.-Cuba policy: “The isolation, the embargo, the indifference, and looking the other way, have shown their ineffectiveness” and the policy …

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 …