While we have been busy with the news about the democratic nomination, the price of gas and food, and the uncertainty of currently holding a job since you do not know when the company decides to close down business or outsource the work. At the same time the current administration continues to move the country further into war and economic insolvency.
I hope we do not inherit one more war from Mr. Bushs presidency. He has been creating an atmosphere against Iran, and the conditions exist to have a new case of preemptive armed incursion even though as it was in Iraqs case, it cannot be proven that there is reason of legitimate concern. Besides, who gives the right to United States or any other country to dictate what a sovereign nation decides by itself?
In reference to statements from United States officials to the fact that Indians rising prosperity is to blame for food inflation. Pradeep S. Mehta, secretary general of the center for international trade, economics and the environment of CUTS International, an independent research institute, said that if Americans slimmed down to the weight of middle-class Indians, many hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa would find food on their plates.
As also appears in an article from The New York Times *(In response to the presidents remarks, a ranking official in the commerce ministry, Jairam Ramesh, told the Press Trust of India, George Bush has never been known for his knowledge of economics, and the remarks proved again how comprehensively wrong he is.)
The article goes on to quote that: The Asian Age, a newspaper based here, argued in an editorial last week that Mr. Bushs ignorance on most matters is widely known and openly acknowledged by his own countrymen, and that he must not be allowed to get away with an effort to divert global attention from the truth by passing the buck on to India. *Indians Find U.S. at Fault in Food Cost, May 14, 2008, New York Times.
In the case of Colombia, both Ecuador and Venezuelan presidents have accused US of intervening in the region and having military bases in Colombia in order to start an armed conflict aimed at taking hold of the oil rich area. the Bush Administration has supported the actions of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a key U.S. ally in the region. When the Colombian military made its controversial incursion into neighboring Ecuador two months ago, the raid may wind up taking out a $70 million U.S. Air Force base as well. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said hes convinced the U.S. aided Colombia in the March 1 attack and reiterated his suspicions that U.S. intelligence agencies had infiltrated Ecuadors armed forces and police remarks that seem to all but assure that the small South American nation will not renew the lease for the U.S. antinarcotics surveillance base at Manta on Ecuadors Pacific coast.
And let us not forget the recent approval of funds for the Merida Plan in Mexico. A plan that follows the same guidelines as Plan Colombia, of giving millions of dollars of aid, represented in military assistance having as excuse the war on drugs. Nevertheless after many billions spent in Colombia there is an ongoing increase of drugs in US.
It looks that like at all levels United States is losing credibility because of the way this administration has handled all foreign matters. Meanwhile the people here continue to ignore what the administration does abroad until violence erupts and it is too late to stop.
As we embark in the election of a new president, let us consider someone who can dialogue before using arms.