Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween: Our first Halloween in the US many years ago

Another Halloween and another time to remember our first Halloween in the US.

We had been in the US about 6 weeks when Halloween came up on the calendar.

My Uncle Orlando and family told us about the night.  They told us to put on a costume, walk around and say "trick or treat".

We followed his advice and got lots of candy.  Our mother came along to help our little sister who was dressed up as Cinderella.  My brother and I went as cowboys. 

It was a wonderful night. 

My favorite part of Halloween is hearing my mother say "trick or treat".  It sounded a lot like "tri tri tri".

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We have to win the US Senate or Pres Romney will have a hard time getting things done

It looks that the Romney/Ryan ticket will win the election.   We are seeing more and more polls predicting a Romney victory.

The Battleground Poll is predicting Romney winning 52-47%

Gallup's "daily" tracking poll has Romney 51-46% ahead with "likely voters".

I am confident about Romney.  Unfortunately, I am less confident about the GOP picking up the US Senate. 

The GOP needs a net gain of 3 (50-50) or 4 for a 51-49 majority.  Sadly, our candidates in Missouri & Indiana may be in the process of blowing 2 pickups.  I am not saying it's over but our candidates have not helped themselves with abortion remarks.

We will see but we need a GOP Senate to give Pres Romney a better chance to govern.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Another anniversary of The Statute of Liberty

We remember the 236th anniversary of The Statute of Liberty:

"On this day in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
The statue’s full name was Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It had been a gift from French citizens to their American friends in recognition of the two countries’ commitment to liberty and democracy and their alliance during the American Revolutionary War, which had begun 110 years earlier. The 151-foot copper statue was built in France and shipped to New York in 350 separate parts. It arrived in the city on June 17, 1886, and over the next several months was reassembled while electricians worked to wire the torch to light up at night."

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Questions for Pres BO about Libya

Do you have questions about Libya?  Who doesn't? 

Pres BO has been dancing around the issue for too long.  Unfortunately, the media is not interested in the mess.

Despite media indifference, the issue is catching steam because of talk radio, blogs and FOX News.

Bill Kristol has a few questions too:

"THE WEEKLY STANDARD understands that it will take some time to "gather all the facts" about what happened on the ground in Benghazi. But presumably the White House already has all the facts about what happened that afternoon and evening in Washington—or, at least, in the White House. The president was, it appears, in the White House from the time the attack on the consulate in Benghazi began, at around 2:40 pm ET, until the end of combat at the annex, sometime after 9 p.m. ET. So it should be possible to answer these simple questions as to what the president did that afternoon and evening, and when he did it, simply by consulting White House meeting and phone records, and asking the president for his recollections.

1.) To whom did the president give the first of his "three very clear directives"—that is, "make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to?"

2.) How did he transmit this directive to the military and other agencies?

3.) During the time when Americans were under attack, did the president convene a formal or informal meeting of his national security council? Did the president go to the situation room?

4.) During this time, with which members of the national security team did the president speak directly?

5.) Did Obama speak by phone or teleconference with the combatant commanders who would have sent assistance to the men under attack?

6.) Did he speak with CIA director David Petraeus?

7.) Was the president made aware of the repeated requests for assistance from the men under attack? When and by whom? 

8.) Did he issue any directives in response to these requests?

9.) Did the president refuse to authorize an armed drone strike on the attackers?

10.) Did the president refuse to authorize a AC-130 or MC-130 to enter Libyan airspace during the attack?

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has asked the White House these questions, and awaits a response. "

My guess is that the White House will not answer these questions.  They are running out the clock and hoping that no one will cover the story until after the election.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

BAD NEWS ABOUT LIBYA & ANOTHER FRIDAY AND MORE EVIDENCE THAT THE STIMULUS DID NOT STIMULATE

The Libya story just got more confusing.  FOX News is reporting that pleas for help were denied.  That's awful!  Pres BO needs to answer these questions and the sooner the better.

On the economy front, the GDP growth was 2% in the 3rd quarter.  Again, this more awful than awful.  It frankly stinks and makes you wonder how the Obama White House can believe that things are getting better.

We also remind you that the Obama White House predicted that the GDP would be growing at 4.3% at this point in 2012.  I guess that we can safely say that's another "growth" prediction that did nt come true.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

A chat with Mark Meckler & Leslie Eastman


Leslie Easman of Temple of Mut introduced us to Mark Meckler last night.  It was a great conversation.

Mark is also involved with Citizens for Self Governance:

"Our platform is a simple one.  Just as each branch of government checks and balances the power of the others, our four basic principles can restore us to a citizen-fearing republic with effective self-governance.
  1. Disperse power
  2. Engage the citizens in the political process
  3. Break the Left vs. Right Paradigm
  4. End the cycle of incumbency"
Great goals.  We have a lot in common with Mark.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A great book about the Cuban American story

We spoke with Fernando Hernandez, the author of THE CUBANS.  Jorge Ponce also joined us in the round table.

Fernando is a Pedro Pan, or one of the 14,000 children who came to the US in the 1960s.  He is currently a professor in Miami.

His book tells the story of dozens of Cubans, from Desi Arnaz to Martin Dihigo to Gloria Estefan to lots of others.  It also tells us about lots of other Cubans who are not famous but have contributed greatly to our legacy.

This is a great book and Fernando deserves a lot of credit for the research.  This is a recent book review:

"Our Legacy in the United States chronicles the Cuban immigration to the United States from the 1800s to the present era. The author analyzes the impact the Cuban community has had on the cultural, economic, social, sports, and political scene in American society throughout multiple generations. Cuban immigrants have been one of the most successful communities in the United States.

The book examines the contribution to baseball from Martín Dihigo to Tony Pérez and from Ernesto Lecuona to Gloria Estefan in music. In business circles the reader will discover that The Coca Cola Company, the Kellogg Company and McDonalds Corporation had Cuban-born Chief Executive Officers and that Movado watch company was owned by a refugee who fled communist Cuba.

The book vividly depicts more than 250 extraordinary and intriguing men and women that make for engrossing and captivating reading. This informative and insightful work is highly recommended for Cuban-Americans, all Latinos and for those who enjoy reading about successful and trailblazing new Americans.

Fernando "Fernán" Hernández is married and makes his home in Miami where he is a professor. He has written two Spanish-language books, Potaje (www.alexlib.com/potaje) and Lo que aprendí de mi perro (www.alexlib.com/miperro).

His work also appears in the anthology Un Horizonte Literario: Poesías, Cuentos y Algo Más. It is puzzling how the memories of a nine year old child were kept intact to share with us more than forty years later some of his memories...virtually his feelings are so real you can touch the untouchable joy, pain, his love for his people, for his country of so long ago. Honoring his roots, the author goes on a journey traveling from years past to the present time.

While reading the pages I found dedication, precise statistics, as well as stories that come alive of a great number of people that forced by destiny had to redirect their lives. These are the Cuban immigrants, some exiled by force, others born of these exiled people." (Julie Pujol-Karel, Poet, Texas.)   We would recommend this book to young Cuban Americans who are searching for their "roots".  Cuban-Americans have a lot to be proud of.  Click here for the radio show:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hungary '56 & Beirut '83: The foreign policy stuff that happens to presidents

US presidents can not control what happens in other countries.  Nevertheless, they have to react to them or get that "famous 3am phone call" about this crisis or that.

In 1956, Pres Eisenhower was comfortably campaigning for reelection when Hungary exploded:

"Thousands of Hungarians erupt in protest against the Soviet presence in their nation and are met with armed resistance. Organized demonstrations by Hungarian citizens had been ongoing since June 1956, when signs of political reform in Poland raised the possibility for such changes taking place in their own nation. On October 23, however, the protests erupted into violence as students, workers, and even some soldiers demanded more democracy and freedom from what they viewed as an oppressive Soviet presence in Hungary."

Eventually, the Soviet tanks and rebellion was crushed.

In 1983, Pres Reagan was getting ready for reelection and talking about the economic recovery underway.  However, he had to deal with a major terrorist attack in Beirut:

"On this day, a suicide bomber drives a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. A few minutes after that bomb went off, a second bomber drove into the basement of the nearby French paratroopers' barracks, killing 58 more people. Four months after the bombing, American forces left Lebanon without retaliating."

It was a terrible week for Pres Reagan and one of the early signs of terrorism.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Romney won on style, substance and finally we are taking about expanding trade with Latin America

We finally got round 3 of the Obama-Romney debates.  It wasn't a knockout punch but Romney won.  Romney has clearly demonstrated that he is presidential material and lots more.

First, let's talk about Pres BO.  Can this man say something other than "Obama killed Osama"?  Is there another accomplishment?  The answer is no and that is why we hear this over and over again.  Also, didn't we get Osama because of info from GITMO?  Candidate BO opposed GITMO and the rendition jails that got info from terrorists.

Can we stop hearing that Pres BO ended the Iraq War?  In fact, the Obama administration implemented the plan that Pres Bush negotiated at the end of 2008.  The real story is that they  failed to leave a residual force and secure the gains that we made in Iraq.

Can we stop hearing about how our allies love us more now?  There is no evidence of that.  This is "a talking point" based on a fantasy that the world hated the US because we invaded Iraq.

Gov Romney had a good night because he tied our national security to our economy.  You can not project power with big deficits and anemic GDP growth.  You need a sound economy to finance the kind of military that we will need in the 21st century.

Gov Romney is correct about China, i.e. they are indeed manipulating their currency at the expense of our manufacturers.  We can't compete with China and it has nothing to do with our workers or productivity.

Last, but not least, I was happy to hear Gov Romney talk about the economic and strategic importance of Latin America.  We have huge markets for US exports from Mexico to Argentina and we need to start developing them   China is all over Latin America.  Unfortunately, Iran is also expanding its influence and that makes our porous border with Mexico even more dangerous.

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Early vote Day 1 and I voted for Romney


Just voted for Romney! 

Yes, I went early voting and cast a ballot for Mitt Romney, the next president of the US. 

Gov Romney will win because Pres BO's policies have failed.  We've had four years of a fantasy, as Dorothy Rabinwitz explains today in a wonderful WSJ column:

"More and more clearly, the Obama administration has put its faith in the view that the governed, who must be told what is best for their lives, whether they want it or not (see ObamaCare), can also be told that they have not seen what they've seen, have not heard what their ears clearly told them.."

Yes, the Obama administration has banked on the idea that the public is stupid or incapable of seeing the truth. 

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Lots of foreign policy to talk about on Monday

According to Gallup, Romney is up 7 or 52-45%.  In other words, something is happening out there and it looks like the voters are trending Romney.

At the same time, we caution everyone that things could change very rapidly one way or another. 

On Monday night, the candidates will talk foreign policy and national security. 

Here are some of my ideas:

On Libya, Pres BO needs to explain just what happened.  Who gave Amb Rice to instructions to go out and blame it all on a video?  Why did Pres BO and Sec Clinton make such a big deal about the video?   Didn't they know that it was a terrorist attack rather than a spontaneous reaction tot he video?

On Iran, we need to hear what the US is prepared to do.  We've reached a point where military action may be necessary but a diplomatic solution is always best.

I would also like to hear about Latin America.  The Obama administration has not paid much attention to the region.  We need a president who understands that Latin America is a huge market for US exports.

On China, we need some discussion of currency manipulation and the military expansion underway.

On Afghanistan, I would like to know what our policy really is.  Getting out in 2014 is not a policy.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

THUMBS UP: The two major DFW newspapers endorse Romney

Thumbs up!

Our two local newspapers have now endorsed Gov Romney for president.

This is The Dallas Morning News:

"Obama’s Democratic supporters would argue that no one could have succeeded in what he inherited, that the nation’s problems were far more severe than anyone could handle in four years.
We respectfully disagree. On the central issue that will define his presidency — a stalled U.S. economy weighed down by crushing annual deficits and accumulated debt — Obama showed himself to be less leader than follower. While he expended his political capital on new government programs, unemployment stayed at debilitating heights.
For that reason, this newspaper recommends Republican challenger Mitt Romney for president."

This is The Ft Worth Star Telegram:

"Romney is an agent of change whose primary campaign thrust has been the economy and his plans and qualifications to improve it.
On this front, he is highly qualified, both by business experience and public service."


We agree. 

Pres BO has failed to lead and that is why Gov Romney should be elected.

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Dizzy Gillespie would have been 95 today

We remember today one of the giants of US jazz.

Dizzie Gillespie was born on this day in 1917.  He died in 1993.

He left us a tremendous legacy of music and recordings for future generations to enjoy:

"During their late-night jam sessions in the early 1940s at New York clubs like Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, Gillespie, Parker and Monk, among several others, established an entirely new sound in jazz: bebop.

Because of a recording ban instigated by union musicians during the bulk of World War II, the evolution of bebop was not documented in commercial recordings. In the postwar era, however, the revolutionary new style took the jazz world by storm and established Gillespie's international reputation.

In addition to acting as one of bebop's founding fathers, Dizzy Gillespie also pioneered the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz music in the 1940s, helping to create another jazz genre of enormous popularity and importance."  (History.com)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Obscene for Pres BO to be talking about 4 Americans killed in Libya on The Comedy Central

Sorry but Pres BO should be ashamed of himself.

Pres BO has been avoiding the media for quite some time.  Incredibly, the media does not seem to mind that Pres BO will not answer simple questions about a terrorist attack that killed 4 US citizens, including the US Ambassador.

Sorry but enough is enough.

We need a Dem to stand up and call on Pres BO to get serious and stop going on "The view" or "Comedy Central" to answer questions about the Middle East.

This is an insult to the families of the 4 dead US citizens. 

We know now that Ambassador Stevens was concerned about security.     We understand that national security is messy and that you can't tell the public everything to protect people on the ground.

However, someone needs to answer a simple question:  Who told Amb Rice to go public with the "video" story?  Who told her to say that when we know now that it was a terrorist attack not some spontaneous reaction of a video.

It's time to come clean and tell us what really happened.  Furthermore, Pers BO needs to stop visits to shows like "The view" or Comedy Central.

Sorry, it is insulting to watch Pres BO talk to John Stewrat rather than the American peple.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A few thoughts about the Cuban Missile Crisis

It was 50 years ago but it is still a big part of my past.  In other words, it was the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis that consolidated the Castro regime and led to our departure of Cuba.

It all started when the USSR challenged the US by placing missiles in Cuba, or in this part of the world:

"Beginning on October 15, U.S. spy planes captured photographic evidence that the Soviet Union was installing missile sites on Cuba. On October 18, Kennedy, in a tired and methodical voice, after a long day of high-level secret meetings, recorded his recollection of each of his advisor's opinions on the issue. Kennedy had first suggested making a direct military strike against Cuba, but several of his advisors, including his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, reminded the president that such a strike would not only result in the deaths of thousands of innocent Cubans, but would probably incite the Russians to retaliate by bombing democratic West Berlin. By the end of the day, Kennedy had decided to abandon the idea of a military strike, and focus instead on a naval blockade of Cuba.

The blockade began October 21 and, the next day, Kennedy delivered a public address alerting Americans to the situation in Cuba and calling on Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to remove the missiles or face retaliation by the United States. Khrushchev responded by sending more ships—possibly carrying military cargo—toward Cuba and by allowing construction at the sites to continue. Over the following six days, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of global nuclear war while the two leaders engaged in tense negotiations via telegram and letter.

By October 28, Kennedy and Khrushchev had reached a settlement and people on both sides of the conflict breathed a collective but wary sigh of relief. The Cuban missile sites were dismantled and, in return, Kennedy agreed to close U.S. missile sites in Turkey."  (History)

It was a very tense two weeks.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dear Pres Santos of Colombia: What are you thinking?

A couple of years ago, we greeted Sr Santos' presidency in Colombia.  He seemed like the right man to follow up the good works of Pres Uribe.

I guess that we were wrong and very wrong about that. 

First, you don't negotiate with rats because a rat is always a rat.  What exactly has the FARC done to earn this kind of treatment? 

FARC is and has always been a terrorist group.  They are in the business of killing innocent people and threatening the sovereignty of Colombia.  They are now in the drug trade!

Second, you don't accept meetings in Cuba.  This is crazy because Cuba is not a neutral party in terrorism or peace.

Third, Colombia should be negotiating from a position of strength not weakness.  Colombia dealt a serious blow to the FARC and should not throw a lifeline to terrorists.

Again, we were optimistic about Colombia after Pres Uribe.   We are not anymore. 

We ask again:  What are you thinking Pres Santos?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Dios mio": Pres BO thinks that Hispanics are "muy estupido"

We are back into "La tierra de la fantasia", or the place that Pres BO always speaks from when he is adressing Hispanic issues. 

Let's start with immigration reform even though most Hispanics are not really talking about it much as the media wants you to think.  Nevertheless, let's start there.

Pres BO said during the debate that he could not get any bipartisan support for immigration reform.  We are back to the "blame game" or "it's their fault".

What's wrong with that answer?

First, Pres BO did not have bipartisan support for BO-Care but he pushed it through anyway.  He even used all kinds of gimmicks, such as special deals for Nebraska and Louisiana Dem Senators to get their vote.

Second, he had 60 votes in the US Senate & a majority in the House.  He could have made an Oval Office address (like Pres Bush did in 2006) and put the issue for a vote in Congress.   He did not do that!

Third, Pres BO did nothing.  He didn't demand or fight for a bill.

Again, I'm not passing judgement on immigration reform.  I'm simply responding to Pres BO's outrageous untruths that the GOP "blocked" him from doing something.

We repeat:  Pers BO has had a Dem Senate every single of his presidency. 

It is the Dems who chose not to pass immigration reform!  They know that big labor would oppose it and the Black Congressional Caucus would scream about handing out "work visas" when there is 50% unemployment among black youths.

Let's move to free trade agreements.  Again, Pres BO is promoting more untruths.

Pres BO opposed NAFTA.  He ran against the South Korean and Colombia Free Trade Agreements.  He eventually approved them when it became clear that Congress would go around him and put the agreements in place.

Nevertheless, Pres BO names "free trade agreements" among his accomplishments.   We have a word in Spanish for a man who does that but I can not say it in a family friendly blog.

Let's move to Iraq.  The agreement to end the Iraq War was negotiated by Pres Bush in late 2008.  Pres BO merely implemented the agreement.  In other words, Obama is Bush III on Iraq.   He just can't tell his base that he simply followed the Bush plan for Iraq.

Let's move to "Obama killed Osama".  Yes, Prs BO gave the order to shoot Osama.  However, he forgets to tell us that we got "the tip" to kill Osama from Guantanamo, the same facility that he promised to close.

We have a word in Spanish:  "Mentiroso" or liar.

Yes, Pres BO said a lot of "mentiras" last night.  It's too bad that Candy Crowley of CNN did not interrupt Pres BO like she did Gov Romney.

Wake up Hispanics!  Pres BO thinks that you are stupid!  He really does!



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A bad night for Candy & not much change in the race

Can someone tell Pres BO that he is been president for the last 4 years?  He is either running against the Republican Congress or the last 10 years or the last 20 years?  He is always avoiding the reality that he is been president since January 2009.

Yes, Pres BO came out with a bit more charge than the last time around.  At the same time, did he say anything different?

We know that he wants to raise taxes on the rich.  However, he had a Dem Senate majority for his presidency but never called on them to pass any tax changes.

We know that he wants more clean energy but can not explain Solyndra and all of the companies that have gone under.

Last, but not least, the moderator had a bad night playing referee.  In fact, she was wrong about Pres BO's "terror" statements.  Pres BO repeated the "video" comments over and over again including the UN speech.

On another matter, why didn't the moderator throw the flag when Pres BO said that he ended the Iraq War?  In fact, he didn't.   It was Pres Bush who negotiated the end of the war and Pres BO who carried out the plan.

Why didn't the moderator throw the flag when Pres BO said that he negotiated free trade deals?  In fact, he didn't.  The free trade agreements were negotiated by Pres Bush, stalled by the Dem Congress and eventually implemented.

I was a bit appalled at the questions.  We did not get a single question about small businesses but we did get one about birth control.

What happens now?  The Dems will get some of their beat back.  The GOP will find a lot to like from Romney.

What will the independents or undecided do? 

I found the Luntz Focus Group very interesting.  They thought that Romney better and that is not good for the Obama camp.

My guess is that the debate was a draw and that helps Romney.


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The story of Juan Kudalka in Bolivia

We spoke about the situation of Juan Kudalka, a political prisoner.

We spoke with his fiancee, Kathy Rabczuk Bru.  She told us about Juan's arrest and the latest about his health.

It's time for people of good faith to support Kathy's efforts and call on Bolivia to release this man.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Is it really 21 years that Clarence Thomas was confirmed?

It's hard to believe but Clarence Thomas was confirmed 21 years ago:

"After a bitter confirmation hearing, the U.S. Senate votes 52 to 48 to confirm Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Thomas was nominated by Pres Bush to replace the retiring Justice Marshall.  I remember the news conference when Pres Bush introduced him to the nation.  Thomas' story was wonderful and seemed like a great choice.

Unfortunately, Thomas ran into the liberal establishment.  The left threw everything at him, including a Miss Anita Hill who became a celebrity with her vulgar allegations.

At the end, Thomas was confirmed but the country suffered.  Thomas is  a great man and did not deserve what he got on his way to the Supreme Court.  Thomas did learn that it is tough to be a black or Hispanic conservative in the US.  (Remember the way that the Dem Senators treated Miguel Estrada)

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Can someone get Pres BO to read Pres Uribe's book?


We are running a trillion dollar deficit but we should buy Pres BO a copy of "No lost causes" by ex-Pres Uribe of Colombia.

Remember leadership? 

PM Churchill picking up the English people after the deadly German attacks on London:


Pres Reagan turning around the morale of his countrymen after Pres Carter's malaise:


Pres Bush vowing to fight back after 9-11:


The book is a memoir and a marvelous testament to leadership.

This is how Alvaro Vargas Llosa describes it:

"The country he inherited, upon his election, was a perfect hell. Various paramilitary groups and Marxist terrorist organizations, pre-eminent among them FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), controlled half of the country's territory, often aided by Colombia's left-wing neighbors, Venezuela and Ecuador. Every year, an average of 28,000 Colombians were killed and 3,000 kidnapped, usually to coerce a ransom. Drug traffickers generated $3 billion annually. Unemployment was close to 16%.

By the time Mr. Uribe left office, the homicide rate had halved and kidnappings had dropped to a 10th of what they once were. Most of the country had been cleared of terrorists, and 50,000 paramilitary troops had been demobilized. Under a more secure and business-friendly environment, foreign investment had doubled and exports tripled; economic growth was close to 7%. By lowering some taxes, introducing more flexibility in the labor market and promoting trade, Mr. Uribe helped trigger a boom that, by 2010, took the investment rate to 28% of gross domestic product from 13%.

Mr. Uribe's feat was punctuated by daring moments, including the rescue of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three American contractors and several hostages in 2008, when an intelligence mission broke the enemy's code of communications and duped FARC into believing that the rescuers were humanitarian workers."

And there is a lot more in Mr Vargas-Llosa's book review.

How did Pres Uribe do it?

Did he master the teleprompter and give meaningless "hope and change" speeches? 

No he didn't do that!

Did he avoid difficult decisions and make appearances on ladies' TV shows in Colombian TV?

No he didn't do that either!

Did he attend campaign fundraisers when his soldiers were in the middle of a crucial military campaign?

No he stayed at the office and gave the courageous soldiers his moral and tactical support.

Did the Colombian First Lady take expensive vacations to Spain or tell parents what to feed their children?

No she did not do that.  She stood with Pres Uribe and understood that image is an important part of leadership.

Again, we hope that someone in the White House puts Pres Uribe's book on Pres BO's desk.  We further hope that someone attaches "a must read note" to the cover.

As we discussed with Frank Burke on Saturday and Bill Katz on Sunday's show, the American nation yearns for leadership. 

Leadership is what this election is all about.  Leadership is what Pres Uribe's presidency was all about!

You can get Mr Uribe's by clicking here!



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50 years ago: The Cuban Missile Crisis

We remember the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.  It turned out to be one of the most tense two weeks of the 20th century:

"The Cuban Missile Crisis begins on October 14, 1962, bringing the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. Photographs taken by a high-altitude U-2 spy plane offered incontrovertible evidence that Soviet-made medium-range missiles in Cuba—capable of carrying nuclear warheads—were now stationed 90 miles off the American coastline.

Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba had been steadily increasing since the failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, in which Cuban refugees, armed and trained by the United States, landed in Cuba and attempted to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Though the invasion did not succeed, Castro was convinced that the United States would try again, and set out to get more military assistance from the Soviet Union. During the next year, the number of Soviet advisors in Cuba rose to more than 20,000. Rumors began that Russia was also moving missiles and strategic bombers onto the island. Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev may have decided to so dramatically up the stakes in the Cold War for several reasons. He may have believed that the United States was indeed going to invade Cuba and provided the weapons as a deterrent. Facing criticism at home from more hard-line members of the Soviet communist hierarchy, he may have thought a tough stand might win him support.

Khrushchev also had always resented that U.S. nuclear missiles were stationed near the Soviet Union (in Turkey, for example), and putting missiles in Cuba might have been his way of redressing the imbalance. Two days after the pictures were taken, after being developed and analyzed by intelligence officers, they were presented to President Kennedy. During the next two weeks, the United States and the Soviet Union would come as close to nuclear war as they ever had, and a fearful world awaited the outcome" (History.com)

The Cuban Missile Crisis had several consequences.

First, it changed the perception that Pres JFK was weak.  

Second, it was the beginning of the end for Chairman Khrushchev.  He was gone by the fall of 1964.  The Soviets invested heavily in their military afterwards.  They understood that they were inferior to the US.

Third, and sad for Cubans, it guaranteed Castro's survival and the establishment of a Soviet satellite.  The Soviet Union subsidized Cuba until it collapsed in 1992. 

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