Condolezza’s worse nightmare

To strum a cheap, coca leaf ingrained guitar. Seriously, though, Rice’s attempts at diplomacy in Chile challenges the hypothesis that America wishes to squelch out the “threats of good examples” in South America. It is good to see Rice engaging with Morales and the like rather than alienating him.

Posted at 09:13 pm by Johnny B


Evo update

The BBC is so enamored with the new Bolivian president. Every time he visits a new country, it is on their website. Apparently, in order to travel from Bolivia you first need to win the presidency. Mainly I think they do so to write sentences like:

“Mr Morales won the December election on pledges to increase social spending and turn away from free-market policies.”

Posted at 09:36 pm by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 01/11/2006 07:31 PM PST
Yeah…free market…baahh! That never works. Here’s my favorite quote:

“Mr Morales has vowed not to forget the people who put him in power, and has said he will take a pay cut of 50% when he takes office which he says will help pay the salaries of new teachers.”


Posted by John Cook @ 01/12/2006 09:38 PM PST
One thinks you must be a tad bit alarmed at what appears to be a left wing revolution in South America. Bolivia’s leader is only one you mention. Do not forget Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and now Chile. While our President acts the world’s A number one terroist fighter, his own back yard is rapidly heading left.

Posted by BP @ 01/13/2006 04:16 PM PST
One could make a good argument for the return of the old Monroe Doctrine. One doesn’t need to cross the world to fight despotism…that’s for certain.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of representatives in our own legislature who are fans of “increas[ing] social spending and turn[ing] away from free-market policies.” Our own president is responsible for one of the largest increases in social spending in the last 40 years. In and of itself it all sounds so innocent…but as mr cook stated, it SHOULD be a little unsettling.

Posted by John Broussard @ 01/13/2006 09:36 PM PST
“What appears to be” is a good qualifier here. Take da Silva (of Brazil). This guy ran as a hard-liner lefty threatening not to repay foreign debts, etc. He was a union leader who rose to political power. I can’t recall specifics off the top of my head, but I heard on NPR how da Silva changed his tune about nationalizing the banks etc. once elected, and in fact passed some market-based reforms. I paraphrase, but I remember him saying that poor Brazilians need jobs. So his campaign rhetoric didn’t match his real world policies. Da Silva is more like Dominique Villepin than Castro. As for Chile, they’ve been right wing for a long time…I doubt this socialist single mom is going to make a lot of lefty reforms there. Lastly, however much I disagree with their politics, these people were elected, and left wing does not always equate to terrorism. However, Chavez has concentrated his power too much over the last few years, and I feel there will be many more “landslides” he will win. For some reason, I don’t see that happening with Evo.