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Taunting Secretary Gates: A Red Card for Bolivia’s Morales
Posted By Ray Walser On November 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm In American Leadership | 12 Comments
On the way to a defense ministerial in Bolivia, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was asked about Iran’s growing presence in South America, particularly in Bolivia and Venezuela. He answered most cautiously :
Bolivia, obviously, can have relationships with any country in the world that it wishes to. … But I think Bolivia needs to be mindful of the number of United Nations Security Council resolutions that have been passed with respect to Iran’s behavior.
Gates said exactly what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  said last year. Nevertheless, at the defense ministerial—designed to advance inter-American security cooperation—Gates, in the best Obama Administration manner, offered an olive branch  to his Bolivian hosts.
As a hemisphere, we are more tightly linked than ever; never before has our collective well-being depended so much on one another. As Peru’s recent Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa once said, “one can’t fight with oneself, for this battle has only one loser.”
For his effort at diplomacy, Gates was taunted for an hour by Bolivia’s populist authoritarian president, Evo Morales. In a raging discourse, Morales, playing the role of victim and winner, said the following:
On Iran, Morales proclaimed : “Bolivia under my government will have an agreement, an alliance, to anyone in the world! Nobody will forbid us!” Read: the U.S. has no international or moral authority to comment on any alliance or friendship that Bolivia chooses to make, particularly with Iran.
The Gates fiasco in Bolivia yields four takeaway points:
Congress and the Obama Administration should give Morales a red card.
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URLs in this post:
 answered most cautiously: http://www.defpro.com/news/details/19874/?SID=d3a5bf36836d7f8f451f0b9d2a896799
 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8409081.stm
 an olive branch: http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1521
 plotting coups: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11816035
 accused: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gates-20101123,0,6629586.story
 player like Morales: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv5vs6anbsE
 makes the rules: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-7-2010/intro---evo-morales-knees-soccer-opponent
 proclaimed: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2010/11/23/evo-bolivia-gates-obama-defense-morales/
 the nightmare: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F00E7DF1430F932A15751C1A9639C8B63
 efforts : http://justf.org/blog/2010/06/02/us-bolivia-relations-valenzuela-goes-bolivia
 Defense Ministerials of the Americas: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/09/the-eighth-defense-ministerial-of-the-americas-end-of-the-line
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