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May 03, 2005

Losing Control of Latin America

Country by country, Latin America has been shifting left and out of the control of US power, the most dramatic example being the new election of a Chilean Socialist to run the Organization of American States:

it was the first time in the organization's nearly 60-year history that the candidate supported by Washington did not win.
The US did demand rhetoric supporting improved democracy in member states -- with Venezuela in mind -- but OAS member states made clear that expelling Venezuela from the organization as a first step to the US setting the country up as the next US military target was not on the table.

Bush may be throwing US military power around, but the results have been such alienation among the world's goverments that the US is losing "soft power" fights in a whole range of venues, from approval of the Kyoto and ICC treaty despite its opposition to new regional groupings like the OAS defying the US.

Posted by Nathan at May 3, 2005 07:02 AM