No Welcome is Worse Than a Bad Welcome

Vladimir Torres
Published: Wednesday, 03/07/2007 12:00 am EST

On March 8, U.S. President George W. Bush will begin a visit to Latin America. It is to be his most extensive so far as it includes five countries (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Uruguay) in just under a week. Traditionally, visits by U.S. presidents and high-ranking officials are highly anticipated, and are greeted with either deep antagonism or vocal enthusiasm–very rarely with indifference. This time around, an apparent lack of excitement speaks of both a region that's increasingly setting its own agenda, and the perceived weakness of the current U.S. administration.

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