Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Obama's Latin America policy picks

First, we get some experienced Latin America hands that are not of or beholden to the Miami exile movement, and that's tremendous progress in and of itself.

Then the Radio Marti and TV Marti budgets -- which have been used not so much to reach Cubans in Cuba but more to promote right-wing politicians in other Latin American countries via cable TV -- get a deserved slashing.

As a journalist I stand in solidarity with my imprisoned Cuban colleagues, but as an American and a Panamanian I'm so glad to see President Obama walk away from the failed dogmas that have been frozen into US policy since I was a little kid.
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