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Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

Posted by Mulva 
Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 09:06PM
From a commentary by Amy Goodman [www.truthdig.com] -

Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also announced that the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement would take full force May 15. Colombian and U.S. labor leaders decried the move, since Colombia is the worst country on Earth for trade unionists. Labor organizers are regularly murdered in Colombia, with at least 34 killed in the past year and a half. When Obama was first running for president, he promised to oppose the Colombia FTA, “because the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these kinds of agreements.” [another broken Obama promise - Mulva] That year, 54 Colombian trade unionists were killed. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the announcement “is deeply disappointing and troubling.” Republicans, on the other hand, are offering grudging praise to Obama for pushing the FTA.

On Cuba, Obama took the globally unpopular position of defending the U.S. embargo. Even at home, polls show that a strong majority of the American people and businesses support an end to the embargo. The U.S. also succeeded, once again, in banning Cuba from the summit, prompting Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to boycott the meeting this year.

Responding to overall U.S. intransigence, other Western Hemisphere countries are organizing themselves. Greg Grandin, professor of Latin American history at New York University, told me: “Latin Americans themselves are creating these bodies that are excluding the United States, that are deepening integration, political and economic integration. This seems to be a venue in which they come together in order to criticize Washington, quite effectively.”

Grandin compared Obama’s Latin America policies to those of his predecessors: “The two main pillars of U.S. foreign policy—increasing neoliberalism and increasing militarism around drugs—continue. They feed off of each other and have created a crisis in that corridor, running from Colombia through Central America to Mexico. That’s been a complete disaster, and there’s no change.”

It will take more than a prostitution scandal to cover that up.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/19/2012 09:07PM by Mulva.
HHH
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 09:47PM
How would you view a free trade agreement with Cuba (as unlikely as that is to happen anytime soon)?

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Anonymous User
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 09:58PM
HHH,
Obama is pragmatic in regards to Cuba. He wants and directed various department heads to facilitate travel between the US and Cuba and increase people-to-people contact. [www.whitehouse.gov]
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 10:11PM
Obama is pragmatic in regards to Cuba.

Oh please. Obama is being a politician in regards to Cuba. He's afraid to piss off the Castro-hating Cuban ex-pats in Florida. If he wasn't such a moral coward, he'd propose to end the stupid embargo.
Anonymous User
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 10:23PM
Mulva,
Do you seriously think that the Castro-hating Cuban ex-pats in Florida would ever vote for Obama under any circumstance? I am sure Obama is not under any delusions about the possibility of currying the favor of these ardent Republicans. So what Obama does in regards to Cuba is not calculated to win any votes, in fact if any move towards normalization will cause the Cuban ex-pats to increase their contributions to the GOP.
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 10:27PM
Do you seriously think that the Castro-hating Cuban ex-pats in Florida would ever vote for Obama under any circumstance?

Excellent point. So what's the hold up? We have trade relations with Communist China. Why not Cuba?

I'll tell you why: Obama is afraid of how the evil Republicans would portray it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/19/2012 10:29PM by Mulva.
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 19, 2012 11:49PM
Mulva is correct. The old canard is still true - only Nixon can go to China. It will have to be a wingnut who cancels the embargo just like it took a... ahem... "liberal" like Clinton to end welfare.
Re: Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena
April 20, 2012 06:31AM
this aint the only 'free trade' deal obomba has attacked US workers with

the red/blue marches to the same drummer

the 2012 prez election is just as useless as 2008 --- aids or cancer, pick 'em

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