“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Monday, November 23, 2009
US Amateur-Hour Continues in Latin America
While we destroyed our economy fighting our two Islamic wars, our perpetual nemesis, Iran, has been smartly and methodically generating economic ties and broad support in (would you guess?) Latin America.
They have been joined by the Russians and the Chinese, who have been happily investing their US dollars in Latin America as well. The latest host is Brazil. Our efforts to isolate Iran have been laughable.
Iran is supported by economic ties with Russia and China. Russia and China have been picking up support for Iran in China and Africa. Care to count the countries in Latin America that have extended substantial and political ties with Iran, Russia and China over the last ten years?
It would be easier to count those that have not.
Two countries left in our column would be Colombia and Honduras.
What has the US done in those two countries?
We recently shafted Honduras as they tried to stop their president from breaking their constitution and we have failed to extend a simple trade agreement with Colombia.