O’s foreign policy, Northern Triangle edition

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O’s foreign policy, Northern Triangle edition

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

[The North­ern Tri­an­gle refers to El Sal­vador, Guatemala, and Hon­duras in Cen­tral America.]

I live in Prince­ton, NJ, where you can find the Woodrow Wil­son School of Pub­lic and Inter­na­tional Affairs. I am not con­nected to the School, or to Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, but over the years I have attended many speeches, events and sym­posia at both.

So I can ven­ture a guess that the School may have a more pol­ished term for the no-​do for­eign pol­icy of Yes, Prime Min­is­ter:

The Obama admin­is­tra­tion, at best, fol­lows the Yes, Prime Min­is­ter school of Inter­na­tional Affairs by neglect­ing our allies and doing noth­ing. There’s doing noth­ing, how­ever, and then there’s folly.

Michael Gon­za­lez has a must-​read arti­cle on Obama’s Cen­tral Amer­i­can Fol­lies: “A country-​by-​country sur­vey of the Obama administration’s actions in the North­ern Tri­an­gle [Hon­duras, Guatemala and El Sal­vador] shows how the admin­is­tra­tion has sown insta­bil­ity in Cen­tral Amer­ica by sid­ing with for­mer guer­ril­las who have ties to drug traf­fick­ing.

Only lately has the White House bowed to real­ity and finally con­ceded what Democ­rats in Con­gress, The Wash­ing­ton Post and even Uni­vi­sion were already admit­ting that dreams of sanc­tu­ary under the DREAM Act had con­vinced Cen­tral Amer­i­can fam­i­lies to hand their chil­dren over to coy­ote net­works that would take them across Mex­ico and the Rio Grande. In other words, the admin­is­tra­tion had to admit that it had con­tributed to the prob­lem by appear­ing to promise that chil­dren who crossed the bor­der ille­gally would not be deported.

But the admin­is­tra­tion shouldn’t get a pass on the vio­lent hell that has been unleashed in Hon­duras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

From sid­ing with the wrong guys in Hon­duras, to inter­fer­ing in the judi­cial process in Guatemala, to ignor­ing the ties between the drug gangs and newly-​elected pres­i­dent Sal­vador Sánchez Cerén, Gonzalez’s arti­cle tracks the Obama administration’s long record of incom­pe­tence (at best), and sug­gests some things the U.S. can do now to improve our country’s security.

faustaBor­der secu­rity is national secu­rity. Go read Gonzalez’s arti­cle and find out three exam­ples of why it is.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

[The Northern Triangle refers to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in Central America.]

I live in Princeton, NJ, where you can find the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I am not connected to the School, or to Princeton University, but over the years I have attended many speeches, events and symposia at both.

So I can venture a guess that the School may have a more polished term for the no-do foreign policy of Yes, Prime Minister:

The Obama administration, at best, follows the Yes, Prime Minister school of International Affairs by neglecting our allies and doing nothing. There’s doing nothing, however, and then there’s folly.

Michael Gonzalez has a must-read article on Obama’s Central American Follies: “A country-by-country survey of the Obama administration’s actions in the Northern Triangle [Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador] shows how the administration has sown instability in Central America by siding with former guerrillas who have ties to drug trafficking.

Only lately has the White House bowed to reality and finally conceded what Democrats in Congress, The Washington Post and even Univision were already admitting that dreams of sanctuary under the DREAM Act had convinced Central American families to hand their children over to coyote networks that would take them across Mexico and the Rio Grande. In other words, the administration had to admit that it had contributed to the problem by appearing to promise that children who crossed the border illegally would not be deported.

But the administration shouldn’t get a pass on the violent hell that has been unleashed in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

From siding with the wrong guys in Honduras, to interfering in the judicial process in Guatemala, to ignoring the ties between the drug gangs and newly-elected president Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Gonzalez’s article tracks the Obama administration’s long record of incompetence (at best), and suggests some things the U.S. can do now to improve our country’s security.

faustaBorder security is national security. Go read Gonzalez’s article and find out three examples of why it is.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.