March 10, 2007

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING WHO'S WINNING:

In Uruguay, Bush finds a leftist he can embrace (and name) (Jim Rutenberg, March 10, 2007, NY Times)

Of all of the Latin American nations President George W. Bush is visiting this week, this one is the smallest, with a population that is half that of New York City.

But it had two things that provided a particular draw: a left-leaning president in the region who is still willing to buck the anti-American push of regional strongmen like President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and one who, at that, has a sprawling presidential retreat that is a cross between Camp David and Bush's Texas ranch. [...]

Most important, officials said, was to use the visit to raise up [President Tabaré Vázquez], still a part-time oncologist, as an example of what Dan Fisk, the top Western hemisphere specialist on the National Security Council called on the way here on Air Force One on Friday "a country that is making the right policy choices."

Last month the United States and Uruguay signed a "Trade and Investment Framework Agreement," to strengthen economic and trade ties without addressing the thorny issues of tariffs and subsidies. But the framework is in defiance of Chávez, who is trying to push the region's Mercosur trade alliance toward a stronger anti-America stance.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2007 6:01 PM
Comments

Was this really the headline from the NY Times? I noticed the link is to the International Herald Tribune.

Posted by: pchuck at March 11, 2007 10:30 PM
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