Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Getting Colombia right

Here's a piece of good news (thanks to Investor's Business Daily): it looks as if momentum is building in the United States to sign the free trade pact with Colombia. Congressional Democrats have blocked the agreement for some time now, arguing - falsely - that the Colombian government did too little to protect trade union leaders from terrorist attacks.

But President Obama promised Colombian President Uribe that he would push for passage; that promise follows several weeks of other positive signs, such as a pro-trade Democratic delegation that visited Colombia. Obama invited Uribe to Washington and said he would visit Colombia himself.

Uribe has done a magnificent job of ridding his country of terrorism and restoring democracy. The United States needs to give him its full support; if we're about to do so, I'm all for it.

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