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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:43 AM
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Rice Extends Good Will to Latin Leftists
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/rice

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who plans to attend the inauguration of a socialist in Chile this weekend, says the United States has no quarrel with leftist leaders in Latin America as long as they govern well.

"This is a wonderful moment, the inauguration of the Chilean president, a woman president," Rice told a group of Latin American, Asian and Australian reporters Thursday, a day before she began a trip to those places.

She was far less enthusiastic about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who frequently calls President Bush a terrorist. But she said the United States wants good relations with Bolivia's new president, a former coca-growers union boss who once vowed to be "Washington's nightmare."

Rice plans to attend Saturday's inauguration in Valparaiso of Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet, a pediatrician who is the first Latin American woman to be elected president without a powerful husband.

Rice will meet with Bolivian President Evo Morales when both attend the Bachelet inauguration. It will be their first meeting, and one closely watched in Latin America, where Bachelet and Morales are the latest leftist politicians to win democratic elections.

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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:58 AM
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1. Why do I find this so difficult to believe?
Could it have anything to do with Condiliar's track record of prevarication, mendacity, and outright bull shitting the public?
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Stockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:11 AM
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2. She is just a John Bolton
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 07:11 AM by Stockholm
with nice shoes. I am sure Bachelet and Morales will show her all the courtesy a Bush administration delegate deserve.
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:14 AM
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3. Oh yeah, like she is any judge of governing well...BS!
Arrogant, posturing, phoney. That's her!
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PFunk Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:27 AM
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4. Personally I think Bushco is finially starting to realize that ....
...they have really F'd up in this region. And are starting to backtrack to cover their tails.
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Ben Ceremos Donating Member (387 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:58 AM
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6. Actually,
200+ years of fucking up in Latin America is the more accurate time period, not just Bushco...
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PFunk Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:25 AM
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9. I stand corrected.
Still Bushco did more than their share of damage to this.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:05 AM
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8. I hope LAmericans have sense enough to see though this hypocracy!
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Dhalgren Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:28 AM
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5. Now, this is just so hard to grasp here....
Condie "says the United States has no quarrel with leftist leaders in Latin America as long as they govern well." You have got to be kidding me! She has the gall and the face to require some other government to "govern well"?! Un-fucking-believable....
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:04 AM
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7. "as they govern well.?---what a smackdown coming from this WH!
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:37 AM
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10. Rice to meet Bolivia's Morales
Rice to meet Bolivia's Morales
Wed Mar 8, 2006 8:57 PM ET

By Helen Popper

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Wednesday economic issues would dominate a weekend meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first high-level talks between the leftist and Washington.

Morales, who once described his movement as a "nightmare for the U.S.", announced the meeting at a news conference in which he reiterated sharp criticism of the United States after a string of spats in recent weeks.

"I have asked that the meeting deal fundamentally with economic matters," Morales told reporters, saying it would take place this weekend in Chile, where both he and Rice are due to attend Michelle Bachelet's inauguration as Chilean president.

Morales -- who has called Rice 'The Condoleezza' -- added that the agenda included preferential trade tariffs and global poverty-eradication goals. Bolivia is South America's poorest nation and the United States is its top aid donor.

Along with fellow Andean countries, Bolivia receives preferential trade tariffs from the United States as long as it cooperates in the war on drug-trafficking. But that deal expires at the end of the year and Bolivia has not taken part in free-trade negotiations with Washington.
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http://today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=top...

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I also hope, like Rodeodance, that all Latin American leaders can see through the Bush administration's devious "diplomacy."
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:48 PM
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12.  My observation is that the Latin American Leaders can now see the forest.
The Houston rag

"I have no plans to see the Venezuelan president," Rice said.

But Chavez will be at the Bachelet ceremony in Valparaiso.

Chavez has repeatedly accused the U.S. of trying to oust him. U.S. officials deny it but have increasingly expressed alarm about Chavez's domination of Venezuelan politics and his close ties to Cuba's Fidel Castro.

Morales campaigned with a milder anti-American edge. He jokingly mispronounced Rice's first name before his election in January, calling her "Condolencia," or condolences in Spanish, and made headlines with his remark that his election would be a nightmare for the United States.

Since his election, Morales has held a cordial phone call with Bush and asked the United States to reconsider a proposed cut in anti-drug aid to Bolivia from $80 million to $67 million.
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:04 PM
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11. Bachelet is still considerably a neoliberal
Rice and all other global corporatists would still like to maintain a "relationship" with Chile as long as Bachelet stays like that...
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mediaman007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:41 PM
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16. I think that NPR reported that Bachelet's father was a victim of
U.S. backed terrorism back in the 70's or 80's. (Sorry I don't have a source, but I think it was Morning Edition on 03/10.
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:52 PM
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17. yes...
Actually, I believe Bachelet was also tortured by the Pinochet regime.

The US supported Pinochet when he overthrew Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president at the time.

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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:50 PM
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13. She dug her grave and now she gotta sit in it!!! Goodwill my ass!
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:16 PM
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14. The good will will disapear after the US extricates itself from the
Gulf Wars.
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GregW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:22 PM
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15. They're an anarcho-syndicalist commune
Hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society
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