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  • Santos Victory in Colombia: A Vote for Stability, Security and Hope

    The impressive run-off electoral victory of Juan Manuel Santos demonstrates that Colombians place great confidence in the former finance and defense minister’s ability to guide their nation for the next four years. It was also a vote for continuity with the successful and popular policies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe.  Undoubtedly, Santos has large executive shoes to fill.

    Colombia under Santos, who takes office on August 7, will need to strengthen democratic institutions, advance an impartial justice system, put the economy on a high growth track, and battle poverty, while protecting Colombia’s security against drug traffickers, common crime, and the narco-terrorism of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, still the largest armed terror group in the Americas.Dealing with neighbors will be a foreign policy priority for Santos.  His victory will not sit well with Colombia’s meddlesome, leftist neighbors.  Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is in deep economic trouble and needs an enemy to distract disgruntled Venezuelans before legislative elections in September. Chavez is still, along with drugs, FARC’s main lifeline.  Chavez remains pro-terror; just as Santos is resolute in his desire to end the depredations for FARC once and for all.

    In a recent interview, days after Secretary’s Clinton’s visit to Quito, Ecuador’s leftist president Rafael Correa brusquely warned that if the Colombian army were to go after  FARC guerrillas on his territory, he would respond with military action.  To Clinton’s chagrin, Correa seems to be putting out a welcome mat for retreating FARC narco-terrorists to establish safe havens in Ecuador.

    Santos hopes to find a steady and reliable partner in the U.S.  The Obama Administration’s current two-step in Latin America involves emphasizing ties with friends while trying to dance with tyrants like the Castro brothers, Chavez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Correa, etc.

    The Administration and Congress need to move forward to keep relations with Colombia on the firmest possible footing by passing the stalled free trade agreement and sustaining an invigorated Plan Colombia to preserve solid ties with a key Hemispheric ally, soon to be under new management.

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    2 Responses to Santos Victory in Colombia: A Vote for Stability, Security and Hope

    1. Lynn Bryant DeSpain says:

      I pray that Mr. Santos is successful and lives a good long life. He will have to do this without any help or aid from the Obama Administration, fore he plays in the same sand box as Sandos' enemies.

      It is time that America takes a long hard look at its so called "War on Drugs." This War has been going from the Nixon Administration and we consistantly lose the battle. All we have suceeded in doing is creating extremely rich drug lords, exremely crooked rulars of Mexico, South, and untold million of dead.

      Plus, America has footed 100% of the operation monies! All the drug money is pure profit!

      Perhaps we need to look to other Nation's way of handling these drugs, Minor drugs, such as Pot, treat it like beer, certain age, and penalties the same. Maye the same with hash and those products.

      Heroin, register the addicts, and for a buck or two a day, they get their fix at a pharmacy, just by registering.

      Cocaine, I don't know, maybe like Heroin, maybe not, the American people need to decide.

      Personally, I would never allow Meth.

      The whole point being, it would be far cheaper for America, mexico, Central America, South America, and the Golden Triangle, to just change our rules, and allow the use, and put some money into treatment.

      This would end the profit, and the corruption. Face it, it is being used anyway, moral or inmoral, we need a better solution that what we have been doing.

    2. randy sa,tx says:

      Why are you calling Chavez,Evo and Correa tyrants.They where voted in by the majority?In a democratic process.Please Explain youself? Its sounds like Mr walser is scared of social reform in latin america.Lets worry about our own country before you start calling other country out on their choices of elected officials.

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