Colombians are picking up on any detail that might indicate that the Obama administration is de-emphasizing the bilateral relationship. From the new La Silla VacÃa website:
A curious bit of information that went unnoticed at the Inter-American Development Bank summit in MedellÃn was President Uribe’s [March 29] speech. Before investors, 47 governors from the IDB member countries, and some government representatives, including the president of the People’s Bank of China and the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Colombian leader chose to speak about local issues like Families in Action [an economic subsidy program] and successes against the FARC. After a few minutes, some of the meeting’s organizers observed with alarm that Timothy Geithner, the U.S. treasury secretary, chose to disconnect himself from the simultaneous translation feed.