Venezuela Falls Deeper in the Rabbit Hole

A once influential, regional oil-producing nation, Venezuela fell deeper in the political rabbit hole. Yesterday an illegitimate court, upon instructions from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, dissolved the legislature. Despite being a hopelessly deadlocked institution, it was the only thing that was left of an official opposition. Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Venezuela’s regional minder and Mad Hatter, is grinning …

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 …

A “Rush” to Judgement Can Leave Our Southern Flank At Risk

Several readers have requested that I post more often on Cuba.  But because nothing of substance is really taking place on the U.S.-Cuba policy front, it has been a bit since I penned on the matter.  This past week, however, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has reportedly sent a letter to the Obama Administration asking them …

Honduran Congress: Not a Coup, Former President Broke and Ignored Laws

The Obama Administration yesterday was quick to call the events in Honduras a coup.  What has gone underreported, or not reported at all in the media or recognized by the Obama Administration, is that the democratically-elected Congress unanimously approved  the change in leadership and subsequent impeachment of the former Honduran President.  If this was a …

Obama Administration Short Shrifts U.S. Law on Cuba

Joining an effort led by the left-wing leader of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza,  the Obama Administration has offered a resolution at the inter-American body that calls for, among other things, calling on the OAS  “to initiate a dialogue with the present Government of Cuba regarding its eventual reintegration into the inter-American system.” …

Making Some Sense of Anti-American Shenanigans in South America, It is Not a Cold War Part Deux

The U.S. Ambassadors to Bolivia and Venezuela have been expelled this week from South America.  An act of political immaturity on the part of these two South American countries, we should respond, in kind, and with clarity of purpose.  In other words, we should provide exit papers for their Ambassadors in Washington, DC and begin …

Brazil and Nuclear Proliferation, Shhhhh!

“During the past few years the Bush Administration has demonstrated that the U.S. is willing to work with Brazil as an equal partner. It is time that Brazil reciprocated in this all too important area …” When you ask most Americans what comes to mind when discussing Brazil, it would be things such as Rio, …