“Everytime they killed someone, they played drums” Para-Politics in Colombia’s Congress: updated count
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“President Salinas is leading Mexico through an era of exciting, unprecedented reform. Like the Aztec eagle, Mexico is rising again as a 21st-century giant, greater than ever. The Mexican renaissance has begun.” – President George H.W. Bush, November 27, 1990

“We have to have the courage to change, and a part of that change should involve a closer relationship with Mexico now under better leadership than ever in my lifetime.” – candidate Bill Clinton, October 4, 1992

“I want to just get to know President Menem a little better. … I admire very much the program of economic reform that Argentina has pursued under his leadership, their respect for human rights, their support for democracy. … I wanted him to come here and to be the first Latin American leader to come because of the remarkable, some would say astonishing, progress in Argentina in the last couple of years.” – President Bill Clinton, June 29, 1993

“The government of Peru has shown renewed political will against narcotrafficking with President Fujimori emphasizing counternarcotics as the Peruvian military’s #1 mission.” – Brian Sheridan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support, April 4, 1995

“I have tremendous admiration for Alberto Fujimori.” – U.S. “Drug Czar” Barry McCaffrey, May 1997.

“The United States is proud of its strong relationship with Argentina, and I am grateful for the personal and national partnership that President Menem and I have developed together. … Mr. President, under your leadership Argentina has been at the forefront of Latin America’s resurgence.” – President Bill Clinton, January 11, 1999

“I think it’s important for everyone to get a look firsthand at the situation in Colombia, at the progress that the Uribe administration has made toward providing a more secure environment for the Colombian people, a more just environment and in laying a foundation for greater prosperity. … [E]very time we talk with the Uribe government or representatives, we talk about human rights and the need to continue to improve the human rights record in Colombia. I think that most would agree that this has been a high priority for President Uribe himself.” – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, January 24, 2008

“Colombia is one of our strongest allies in the Western Hemisphere. They are led by a very strong and courageous leader, President Uribe. He’s taken courageous stands to defend our shared democratic values. He has been a strong and capable partner in fighting drugs and crime and terror. And he’s delivering results.” – President George W. Bush, April 7, 2008

  • Today, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (1998-2004), his government’s reputation stained by widespread allegations of corruption and authoritarian behavior, only visits Mexico on occasion.
  • Today, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) is imprisoned, on trial for human-rights crimes. He abruptly resigned from office amid corruption allegations in 2000, and was extradited to Peru from Chile in 2007.
  • Today, Argentine President Carlos Saúl Menem (1989-1999), disgraced by corruption and economic mismanagement allegations, won only 22 percent of the vote in his 2007 campaign to run for Argentina’s state of La Rioja.
  • Today, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe enjoys a domestic approval rating of 78 percent, and is the recipient of generous praise from the U.S. government.

4 Responses to “Echoes of past praise”

  1. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Today Robert B. Zoellick, president of the world banck, already flipped flopped on Colombia, according toi the French newspaper Le Monde, comparing Colombia and Afghanistan, and saying that “the Colombian experience has proven that a legitimate state cannot coexist with a blossoming drug segment”

  2. boz Says:

    “I was told ahead of time that I was to meet a very charming person, and my briefers were right. I appreciate very much your dedication to values that are important — human rights and human decency, the right for people to be able to speak freely and to vote. I admire your personal story.” -President Bush speaking about Michelle Bachelet, June 8, 2006.

    “He’s a man who believes strongly in democracy, as do I, and rule of law and the right of free speech and the right to a free press and free religion. And I want to thank you for your strong belief and your willingness to stand strong on those principles.” -President Bush speaking about Lula da Silva, November 6, 2005.

    With that sort of praise coming from the US, I can’t wait to find out what those two are hiding :)

  3. Adam Isacson Says:

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day!

  4. Jaime Bustos Says:

    —”He is a good boy”, words of colombian president in reference to a criminal that he himself appointed as head of the State Police.

    – “He is so good I would like to clone him”, words by colombian president, in regards to Luis Camilo Osorio an aged paramiltary assassin, that holds the embassy in Mexico.

    Adam, I guess this stoppped clock has the handles broken too …. :-(

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