Sen. Kerry voted for the Patriot Act. He voted for the resolution that
allowed Bush to invade Iraq. In this brief, the Council on Hemispheric
Affairs notes another disturbing fact: Sen Kerry's stated policies on
Latin America look like his opponent's.
Sen. Kerry woos hard-line Cuban right; risks marring his reputation as
an advocate of a more principled foreign policy.
The Democratic candidate could witness a substantial bloc of voters
defect to a possible resurgent Nader campaign, which could cost him
in swing states, and even sway the election.
Outflanking Bush on the right regarding Cuba and Venezuela could
dangerously ignite these issues, as occurred in the first Bush
when the U.S. invaded Panama in 1989. Kerrys Latin American script could
have been written by Roger Noriega and Otto Reich.
The Democratic candidate: sterile on Cuba and Venezuela, good on Haiti.
In a series of foreign policy formulations in recent days, the
Democratic party presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry, has issued a
number of statements on Latin American-related subjects which, if
anything, appear to outflank on the right the Bush administrations
extremist regional policymakers, as he shamelessly panders to the
anti-Castro paranoia of a group of aging but wealthy Cuban-American
ideologues in South Florida, and rich Venezuelan expatriates in Coral
Gables. His two primary targets have been President Hugo Chavez of
Venezuela and Cubas Fidel Castro. While commendably finding fault with
Bush policy regarding Secretary of State Powells failure to protect the
Aristide government in Haiti, Kerrys rhetoric regarding Cuba and
Venezuela is reminiscent of barren Cold War strictures which, for all
purposes, places him in the same extremist ideological bracket as the
administrations two chief Latin American policy makers; the State
Departments Roger Noriega and the Bush White Houses Otto Reich.
Guerrilla News Network - March 30, 2004