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Clinton Cites Importance Of Latin America, But Ignored Region As Secretary

- November 30, 2015

Today, Clinton Said She “Firmly” Believed That “No Region In The World” Was “More Important To Our Long-Term Prosperity And Security Than Our Friends In Latin America.” CLINTON: “Now Latin America’s growing commitment to supporting women’s leadership is a sign of a deeper alignment. And I believe firmly that no region in the world, no region, is more important to our long-term prosperity and security than our friends in Latin America.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 11/30/15)

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AS SECRETARY OF STATE, CLINTON LEFT LATIN AMERICA “VIRTUALLY ABANDONED”

The Washington Post: During Clinton’s Tenure, Central America Was “Mostly Ignored In Washington.” “Two elections in Central America have underlined the growing problems in a region that is mostly ignored in Washington. On Sunday former general Otto Perez won Guatemala’s presidential election with a slogan long favored by Latin American authoritarians: ‘mano dura,’ or iron hand, which he promises to apply to the Mexican drug traffickers and criminal gangs that have virtually taken over the country and sent the murder rate soaring. As with Honduras and El Salvador, Guatemala is in danger of being overwhelmed by the drug trade and the violence it engenders. But Mr. Perez’s promises to cut the crime rate in half are unlikely to be fulfilled by his plan to expand and deploy the army.” (Editorial, “Central American Elections Highlight U.S. Neglect Of The Region,” The Washington Post, 11/8/11)

  • Then-Council On Foreign Relations’ Joel Hirst: The Obama Administration “Virtually Abandoned” Latin America. “On May 18th the New York Times reported on a private dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with six former presidents from Latin America. According to the article, the Secretary was seeking a way to improve the Obama Administration’s policy towards Latin America. This event comes on the heels of the announced departure of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, ostensibly to return to academia at Georgetown University. An Administration so fond of ‘reset buttons’ appears to be seeking a ‘reset button’ of its own policies toward a region virtually abandoned over the last two years.” (Joel Hirst, Op-Ed, “Opinion: U.S. Should Not Ignore Latin America, It’s Backyard Neighbor,” Fox News Latino, 5/24/11)

Latin American Leaders Called The Obama Administration’s Effort In The Region “Lackluster.” “But as the world gets smaller, less credit is given for miles traveled. ‘Lackluster,’ was the word several leaders in the region used in interviews to describe the administration’s achievements in Latin America. The danger, they said, is that the lack of sustained engagement threatened to leave the United States on the sidelines as its neighbors enjoyed faster economic growth than any other region except Asia, and as democracies that once looked to the United States as a kind of political north star begin searching for others to help them set a new course.” (Ginger Thompson and Simon Romero, “Clinton Aims To Improve Ties With Latin America,” The New York Times, 5/18/11)

  • In 2011, Clinton Hosted A Dinner With Former Latin American Presidents To “Repair Relations” With Latin America, An Area That “Complains It Has Been Ignored.” “As tumult rages across the Middle East, and relations with Pakistan border on a breakdown, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was scheduled Wednesday night to host a private dinner with at least six former Latin American presidents, part of a quiet campaign to repair relations with a region that complains it has been ignored by American policy makers.” (Ginger Thompson and Simon Romero, “Clinton Aims To Improve Ties With Latin America,” The New York Times, 5/18/11)

The Lack Of U.S. Engagement In Latin America Allowed Other Countries Like China And Iran To Exert Their Influence In The Region

The Neglect Of Latin American Relationships Allowed China To Take A Leading Trade Role In The Region. “Perceived U.S. neglect of Latin America has allowed China to move strongly into the region and become the leading trade partner of Brazil and various other nations.” (Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth, “Latin America Rebels Against Obama Over Cuba,” Reuters, 4/15/12)

  • Under The Obama Administration, The U.S. Was “Increasingly Isolated” From Latin America As The Region Turned Instead To China For New Trade And Investment Opportunities. “President Barack Obama patiently sat through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies. He failed. The United States instead emerged from the summit in Colombia increasingly isolated as nearly 30 regional heads of state refused to sign a joint declaration in protest against the continued exclusion of communist-led Cuba from the event. The rare show of unity highlights the steady decline of Washington’s influence in a region that has become less dependent on U.S. trade and investment thanks economic growth rates that are the envy of the developed world and new opportunities with China.” (Brian Ellsworth, “Despite Obama Charm, Americas Summit Boosts U.S. Isolation,” Reuters, 4/16/12)
  • While Free Trade Agreements With Latin America Stalled, China Became Brazil’s Largest Trading Partner. “Free trade agreements long sought by Panama and Colombia — two of the United States’ closest allies in the region — remain stalled by domestic political fights, while China has moved ahead of the United States to become Brazil’s most important trading partner.” (Ginger Thompson and Simon Romero, “Clinton Aims To Improve Ties With Latin America,” The New York Times, 5/18/11)

Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Said He Worried About Iranian Influence In Latin America, Saying That “It Relates To Expanding Terrorism.” QUESTION: “Mr. Secretary, the region you’re going to has been visited already six times in the last six years by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There are persistent reports of Iran’s growing engagement in the region. Do you plan to -- do you expect to raise that issue with the people you’ll be meeting with on this trip? And how concerned are you about that growing engagement?” LEON PANETTA: “Well, we always have a concern about in particular the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and the efforts by the IRGC to expand their influence in -- not only throughout the Middle East but into this region as well. And, that, in my book, that relates to expanding terrorism. And that’s one of the areas that I think all of us are concerned about. And I hope that we can work together to make sure that all the steps are taken to ensure that anything that encourages terrorism can be fought against.” (Secretary Leon Panetta, Media Availability En Route To Bogota, Colombia, 4/23/12)

Recently, Clinton Even Made The Outlandish Claim That Venezuela Was “A Democracy, No One Would Argue That It Isn’t”

Clinton, February 2014: Venezuela Is “A Democracy, No One Would Argue That It Isn’t.” CLINTON: “Venezuela is a difficult situation because it is a country that is not being well governed.  And it’s a democracy, no one would argue that it isn’t.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, 2/26/14)

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