Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It's time for a new good neighbor policy

Mark Weisbrot

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama's historic triumph was welcomed in Latin America by left-of-center governments who saw it as a continuation of their own electoral victories.

Even before the election President Lula da Silva of Brazil said: "Just as Brazil elected a metal worker, Bolivia elected an Indian, Venezuela elected Chavez and Paraguay a bishop, I think that it would be an extraordinary thing if, in the largest economy in the world, a black man were elected president of the United States."

Obama has an opportunity to forge a new relationship with the region after his predecessor drove U.S.-Latin American relations into a ditch. But it will require a major change in Washington's attitude toward our southern neighbors.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link and bringing up this action happening with like minds in S.A. The links led to one of the most cogent discussions I've read on this topic in a long time. I read you blog every day but this is the best I've seen from you to date. Maybe I'm late?