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Thursday, September 27, 2007


Ahmadinejad aids Latin America...with U.S. money

Iranian President Ahmadinejad visited Bolivia and Venezuela this week. And whaddya know:
The closer ties are viewed with alarm by the opposition in Venezuela and Bolivia, and by Washington. U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican, said they remind him "of the relationship that Fidel Castro had with Russia." He urged Washington to reach out more to a region analysts say it has largely ignored since 9-11.

Toward that aim, a bipartisan bill is being introduced in the U.S. Congress on Friday that would establish a 10-year, $2.5 billion program aimed at reducing poverty and expanding the middle class in Latin America.

The program would bring more stability in the long run and help the United States "re-establish leadership in the hemisphere" by increasing development assistance by more than a third, said bill co-sponsor Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.
You have to love the U.S. commitment to establishing "leadership in the hemisphere" - $250 million/year, less than one day's spending on the war in Iraq. Don't go overboard, fellas!

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