Op-Ed

Latin America offers U.S. dose of realpolitik

PADGETT
PADGETT FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Today’s international affairs quiz: Would you rather see Venezuela denied a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council, or would you prefer to see an end to Colombia’s eternal civil war?

Pick one. Can’t have both.

That’s at least what Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told me this week during our interview in New York, where he and a host of other heads of state are gathered for the U.N. General Assembly.

Venezuela and its radically socialist, anti-U.S. government are about to win that rotating, two-year Security Council seat — and the rest of Latin America, including Colombia, is backing it. Much to Washington’s chagrin. But rather than stew, says Santos, the United States should be stoic.

Don’t take it personal, he says. It’s strictly realpolitik.

To read the full article, go to:

http://wlrn.org/post/bring-peace-colombia-or-block-venezuela-un-seat-pick-one

Tim Padgett is WLRN’s Americas editor.

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