We’ve published enough analysis of President Uribe’s trip to Washington. Tomorrow we’ll post the â€œtalking points memoâ€ we’ve sent to those who will be meeting with him on the trip.
Instead of more words from CIP, here are a few things said by others yesterday.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont): â€œI have supported President Uribe for five years. I continue to support him, and I want him to succeed. He has done much good for his country. But that does not mean I agree with everything he says or does. Nor does it mean that, as chairman of the Appropriations panel that provides more than half a billion dollars to Colombia each year, I am going to rubber stamp these funds the way the previous Congress did.â€
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts): â€œWe can’t support a [free trade] treaty with these violence statistics [against union leaders]. Speaker Pelosi thinks exactly the same thing, and I hope she says that tomorrow.”
Kenneth Roth, executive director, Human Rights Watch, in response to a letter (PDF) from President Uribe: “Certainly truth should be a consequence of the process. Unfortunately, the Justice and Peace Law that you drafted and pushed through the Colombian Congress pressed for did little to further this goal.”
Protesters outside President Uribe’s appearance at the Center for American Progress: â€Â¡Asesino! Â¡Asesino! Â¡Asesino!â€œ (Murderer!)