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We go through this little dance every time a new US president is elected.  Everybody goes running around proclaiming 'A New Era of Western Co-operation' is at hand  wherein 'The US Vows Not to be a Swaggering Bully.'

Doesn't happen.  The sad truth, it seems, US citizens:

  1.  Know little about the Caribbean, Latin, and South America (CLSA)

  2.  Could care even less

Now the HOPE this time is President Obama was elected by a stunningly large majority of the Latino¹ vote, who know something about conditions in their homelands, and care about US policy towards their homelands -- where their relatives still live and this will translate into a right-about face in US policy and actions.

Not impossible of course but highly unlikely as the Obama administration seems, at this point, to be focusing on domestic policy and issues.  However, noises from within the administration seem to indicate a change, of some kind, towards Cuba.    

For me, that's the key.  A substantial change in US policy in the CLSA region requires a change in policy towards Cuba and the amount of change is pretty adequately reflected in the quantity and quality of change.

¹  Casting the entirety of the CLSA into one category like that is ignorant.  But that's what they do.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Mar 13th, 2009 at 11:08:21 AM EST
We've been through enough to know what to expect.  Nevertheless, we do give thanks for small gestures.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Fri Mar 13th, 2009 at 10:19:57 PM EST
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Quite sure you do.  ;-)

Reading the "small gesture" ...

So if San Salvador elects a pinko as President the Obama administration promises not to fund overt and covert opposition groups within San Salvador, conduct economic warfare, e.g., freeze monies held in the US, or invade.

Gosh.  How nice.

The sad thing is that it is an improvement over the normal course of events.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Mar 14th, 2009 at 02:23:25 PM EST
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... high income nations do to "help" low income nations and the normal collateral of the action even when the high income nation thinks it really is helping, a promise not to interfere has got to be up there fairly near the top of the list.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Mar 15th, 2009 at 12:38:22 PM EST
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