América Latina, olvidada en el voto estadounidense

Berkeley - A medida que se acorta la carrera presidencial, los latinoamericanos pueden observar e imaginar lo que Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama o John McCain podrían hacer por sus países si llegan a la presidencia. ¿Cuál candidato es el mejor para América Latina? ¿Hay alguna diferencia si Barack Obama o Hillary Clinton se convierten en el nominado del campo demócrata, e importa si uno de ellos o el Republicano John McCain triunfa en noviembre?

Por décadas, el comercio ha sido el modus operandi de la política exterior estadounidense en la región, pero algunas administraciones han tenido planes más amplios. ¿Alguien recuerda la política de Jimmy Carter, impulsada por el tema de los derechos humanos? ¿O las eras de intervencionismo de Reagan y Bush I que, dependiendo del punto de vista que tenga uno, salvaron la región de los revolucionarios o suprimieron el cambio que se necesitaba?

Guste o no, Carter y Reagan mostraron agudos contrastes en la manera como abordaron a América Latina. Sin embargo, en los últimos 16 años los presidentes demócrata y republicano Bill Clinton y George W. Bush han ofrecido prácticamente lo mismo: libre comercio al extremo.

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