The Council on Foreign Relations has just released a zinger report on Latin America. It’s just fantastic, and I have to admit that I rarely find myself doing jumping jacks and running around my block in Dupont Circle in Washington after reading a CFR Task Force report. But I am.
I think that the 96-page document is stacked full of sensible thinking and proposals that on each and every page fundamentally reject the kind of self-destructive pugnacious nationalism that former Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jesse Helms and his chief acolyte John Bolton have helped institutionalize.
It’s just so good. The report is titled U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality and can be downloaded as a pdf here.
but this is the kind of thinking we need across the entire geostrategic map — particularly on the Middle East.
The Cuba proposals are a case in point — and in the words of one person close to the effort, the group decided to go for “the full Monty” in advocating a complete break with current, failed embargo policy of the U.S.