Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama to "lose" Colombia?

Quote of the day -- Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos (said last year, bold added):
Colombia plays such a vital role in the continent for U.S. interests that it would be geostrategic suicide to make a decision like that. I wonder who wants to be the one who loses Colombia like they lost China in the 1950s.

I've been irritated by this for quite some time.

Here's a screen shot of the Colombia Tariff ticker before the O-bots realize it's hosted on a .gov server and shut it down:

Colombia TFA tariff losses

Basically, $1.5 billion dollars. Small in comparison to the total economy, but a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about significant numbers of American jobs.

But worse than the job issue, as pointed out in that IBD editorial, is the fact that we're insulting an ally, and doing our enemy's bidding.

At least we know whom to blame for losing Colombia.

(H/T HotAir)


Samay said...

Yeah, because tariffs were really what made ordinary Cubans support the revolutionaries.

Sockless Joe said...

The Castro/Maoist/Bolshevic model is only one possibility. There is also the Putin/Chavez/Hitler (and potentially Morales) model, which given Colombia's condition is the more likely concern, and would be more susceptible to incremental degradation.