by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz
Recapping a few of this week’s stories:
- In the Caribbean: Putin’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Tour
The idea is to strike America at its historic source of strength, as well as its critical economic power point. No wonder Russia wanted a spy base, as reported by Kommersant, a newspaper Putin frequently fights.
- In South America: The U.S. plans to ship off Gitmo-jailed terrorists to Uruguay, which is one of the countries in the tri-border area.
- In the Ukraine: 23 Americans died when a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down by a group of Russian-backed Cossack militants as it flew over a war zone, so the black box was sent to Russia. Of course.
- In the Middle East: Hamas plays a dangerous game with Gazan lives, the whole point of which is to draw Israeli counter-fire.
- In Iran: the country’s aggressive pursuit of a nuclear program continues as Secretary of State John Kerry’s Iranian routine wears thin.
- At the border: Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, while Teen members of feared MS-13 gang who admitted to torture and murder among child immigrants at border center and ‘are trying to recruit others’.
All of these relate to a U.S. foreign policy of disengagement (at best), neglect, and weakness, leading from nowhere, a.k.a. “smart diplomacy.” U.S. defense cuts that included a 26% cut in the Southern Command’s fiscal 2013 certainly won’t improve things, as neither will Harry Reid’s new stint as Bagdad Bob, assuring all that “the border is secure.”
What was the late news, then?
The POTUS dedicates all of 40 seconds to the Malaysian jet bombing before going back to his prefab speech and more fundraising, and the State Department spokeswoman tweets about a fashionable friend:
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) July 18, 2014
Makes you wish for a real President, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, After America Arrives Early
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.