Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
U.S. President George W. Bush and his Mexican counterpart Vicente Fox are cooking up a new guestworker program to absorb the thickening flow of Mexicans willing to put their lives on the line to bust onto the bottom rungs of the decelerating U.S. economy.
Any antidrug policy that forsakes or underestimates the decisive importance of democratic institutions or economic and social issues will always be counterproductive and play into the hands of drug traffickers.
Whoever is to blame in the Bowers incident, there is no escaping U.S. culpability in a policy that leads to death and destruction and is ultimately ineffective.
The supposedly successful closure of the "air bridge" hasn't therefore meant the end of the joint U.S./Peruvian "surveillance" program, but rather increased the area where "interdiction" must occur.
Even if the U.S. and Colombian governments were to take alternative development seriously, there are staggering obstacles to overcome.
It is time to say " ya no más" and to join together to build a genuine movement for peace.
Bush's Controversial Appointment Otto Juan Reich
President Bush worries that the "United States might become militarily engaged" in Colombia. It's a little late for that.
If the U.S. team played soccer the way we're engaging Colombia, we'd score minus 50 goals, the team would be billions of dollars in the red, and 10 percent of the spectators would wind up dead.
With Vicente Fox nearly as popular in the United States as he his in Mexico, tomorrows meeting provides an opportunity to fulfill this promise. Hopefully, Bush and Fox will step up and seize this historic moment, rather than simply using their meeting as