I have so much to do today I can’t even think of posting to the degree I hunger. Let me just say this though.
The hand shake between Obama and Chavez isn’t everything people are making it out to be. It is like many things that hit the wires a bit of column A and a bit of column B. Unfortunately especially in the American media you only get one column and even then it’s often times column C which invariably is about some celebrities actions etc.
The book that was given to Obama isn’t anything Obama hasn’t read before in some form. As liberal, a reader and someone that spent some time in academia it is absolutely impossible Barack failed to be exposed to the theme in the book Open Veins of Latin America (Deep Veins from other sources). It is sad though that reports of the titles new found success is lost on some Leftists.
It is also lost in the discussions and praising of Obama’s new way that the Summit was essentially a flop if you measure success as actually addressing and achieving the goals of said summit. Only one that’s 1 nation signed the closing declaration and that was the host country T&T.
So bask in the “new” diplomacy of Obama or cheer the showmanship of Chavez. Elate over the pro Cuba rumblings being temporarily amplified. Do these things if you must but know Ye must also declare this a shame. Economic hopes for the desperately poor peoples of Latin America was completely bumped off the list and those nations and people will have to wait. Also know that the grandstands cheers have already bgun to be squashed before the Hyatts cleaning crew finished.
* Embargo a long way from being lifted. per Summers
* Multiple deflections of potential policy gains by Obama on Chavez.
* Chavez will or has already harpooned this in some way, we just haven’t heard it yet.
* and on and on and on.
Well ,I really gotta run. Please feel free to add relative comments and I hope I’ve intrigued one or two people to come back and read the three follow ups to In2 “The Handshake”
They include the taglines:
Latin American Relations/Cuba ?
No Win Situation
Say what you like about my writing but at least one of those titles have got to raise some curiosity.