How is that "choosing to lead" going?
Let's read this from Jaime Daremblum, diplomat and analyst of US-Latin America relations:
Why does Latin America matter?
First, they live in our neighborhood. They are our neighbors.
Second, China is expanding its economic influence. They are doing business with Brazil and Chile, a couple of the most dynamic economies in the world.
Third, Iran is also expanding in the region. They are looking for trouble in our neighborhood.
Fourth, Latin America is a natural destination for our exports.
Fifth, we have great allies, and leaders, in Colombia, Chile and Mexico.
Sixth, the small countries of Central America are under siege from the drug cartels.
We are not asking the Obama administration to meddle in Latin America. We are simply calling for a little more attention because the region matters a great deal to our national security and economy.
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