Monday, July 13, 2009
The US is opposed to José Miguel Insulza's reelection at the head of the OAS. The above article makes it sound as though the opposition stems from his perceived closeness with Chávez. I remember reading a criticism of Insulza that he was using the OAS to campaign for the presidency of Chile, which seems like a much more valid reason to dump him. The article also mentions his ineffectual response to the Zelaya coup, with Arias playing the role that should arguably be his. But the accusations from right-wing think tanks that he laid down before Chávez on Honduras are silly. Everyone was on the same side of this issue, from Chávez to Lula to Uribe to Calderón to Obama, with the exception of the coup authors, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and a handful of the think-tankers referenced above.