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  • Secretary Clinton Falters in Ecuador

    Many feel Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went overboard while visiting Quito on June 8 and courting populist President Rafael Correa. Reported The New York Times, “Clinton woos a Leftist President, while Foreign Policy observed ‘Dearest Hillary’ charms Ecuador’s President Correa.

    Before the Secretary traveled to Quito, veteran diplomat Roger Noriega warned:

    The high-level visit to Quito is clearly part of a charm offensive to coax Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa out of the camp of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez. However, no rapprochement is worth asking Secretary Clinton to turn a blind eye to Correa’s authoritarian style, his abuse of the courts to attack opponents and the media and his tolerance of drug trafficking and other corruption.

    Clinton dismissed them as disagreements; while Rafael Correa boldly lied claiming his leftist government is not anti-capitalist, anti-American, or anti-imperialist. “We are pro-dignity, pro-sovereignty, pro-social justice, pro-good life for our people. We are in favor of the good things.”

    The State Department gave no indication the Secretary raised Ecuador’s ties with Colombian narco-terrorists, growing relations with Iran, or its restrictive press laws in private talks.

    The Secretary’s speech billed as “the broad outline of the Obama Administration’s policy” for Latin America featured a grab-bag of statist ideas, none of them unique to the Obama Administration. Mrs. Clinton urged improvements in the region’s education performance, facilitation of microfinance, empowerment of women, more poverty reduction programs, and promotion of corporate social responsibility. In brief, she offered a policy of liberal good intentions.

    Totally absent from the Secretary’s speech was any mention of individual freedom and liberty, rule of law, or protection of property as bulwarks against the statist tendencies too often shaping policy in Latin America. On the importance of trade as an engine of growth and job creation, all Secretary Clinton managed to say was: “Trade between the United States and our partners reached more than $600 billion a year.” By comparison U.S. official aid to region is $2 billion and is not going to grow. The key variable of economic freedom that has proven essential to creating genuine opportunity and prosperity wasn’t mentioned at all.

    While Clinton made have won the temporary plaudits of a temperamental populist, her failure to advance U.S. interests, identify regional security and governance threats, grapple with authoritarian populism, or encourage expanded trade, market access, and direct and secure investments demonstrates that the Obama Administration is still struggling to define an effective policy for the Americas.

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    6 Responses to Secretary Clinton Falters in Ecuador

    1. Antonio Sosa, Coral says:

      Clinton's rapprochement with Rafael Correa — a pawn of Hugo Chavez, who is working with Islamic terrorist and drug terrorists (FARC) against the U.S. – helps Chavez, Correa and the rest of the Marxist thugs further enslave and harm freedom loving Latin Americans and North Americans.

      However, it's something to be expected from Clinton and everyone in the Obama administration, bent in helping U.S. enemies and harming U.S. friends.

    2. Simon Malo, Guayaqui says:

      Antonio: all you said are lies. We have DEFINITIVELY nothing to do with terrorist, we aren´t working with islamic terrorist neither Farc. Ecuador isn´t againts any particular country, but sometimes have to face evil transnational companies interest, not only or not necessarily from the US. We love America and our only sin is trying not to be stopped in our way to development and social justice

    3. AntonioSosa says:

      Clinton’s rapprochement with Rafael Correa — a pawn of Hugo Chavez, who is working with Islamic terrorist and drug terrorists (FARC) against the U.S. – will only help Chavez, Correa and the rest of the Marxist thugs to further enslave and harm freedom loving Latin Americans and North Americans.

      However, it’s something to be expected from Clinton and everyone in the Obama administration, bent in helping U.S. enemies and harming U.S. friends.

    4. GWRogers, West Coast says:

      I fail to see how Antonio Sosa's comment meets your stated standards, which sounds nice and Obamaesque, but Sosa sounds like he shares your ideological perspective so its alright?

      The article betrays a lack of a grasp on what's really happening in Latin America, but I guess, considering your position, that's for the best. Anyway I'm not going to tell you.

    5. GWRogers, West Coast says:

      I fail to see how Antonio Sosa's comment meets your stated standards, which do sound nice and Obamaesque, but Sosa sounds like he shares your ideological perspective so its alright?

      The article betrays a lack of a grasp on what's really happening in Latin America, but I guess, considering your position, that's for the best. Anyway I'm not going to tell you.

    6. Santiago Ruiz says:

      Obama is the best President the US has ever had, and Rafael Correa is the best President that Ecuador has ever had. The visit of Mrs. Clinton is a good signal for both countries and governments.

      Also, there is no need no classify countries between good and bad ones. America is a global player and some US politicians (conservatives) think that for that reason the US should attack and annihilate people from countries that do not share their same ideas of development and welfare. That is monstrous! Ecuador is not a global player nor needs to fight in one side or another, the Ecuadorean government just wants to improve the living conditions of its people while maintaining good relations with all the countries.

      The Ecuadorean economic development strategy is different, of course! Ecuador is not the US. Ecuador is a small developing country; therefore it must protect its local industry from the invasion of multinationals in order to develop its productive capacity until they have enough strength to compete in a globalized world.

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