布什走后的拉丁美洲

美国的总统再一次在拉丁美洲没有取得多少成果,即便布什总统在他所访问的五个国家都受到了主人传统拉丁美洲的好客和热诚的接待。没有发生重大、不幸的事件;虽然有持续不断的刺耳的抗议声,但是并不出格,参加的人也不多;没有发生明显的冷落或不幸的事情;并且布什总统获得了或许是他最感兴趣的东西,即向美国传递一个信息,那就是他所感兴趣的不仅仅是伊拉克。

他还以某种迂回的方式取得了另一个成果,即面对委内瑞拉总统查维斯越来越强烈的挑衅表明他对拉丁美洲的忠诚。查维斯得益于他几乎源源不断的石油美元、古巴医生和步兵,在拉丁美洲的地位越来越高。

查维斯几乎在布什行程的每一站都在对他进行着折磨,但是美国领导人回避了他的挑衅,并且事实上,作为一个不受欢迎的美国总统能够支配他的行程,并且能够直接面对委内瑞拉人和古巴人每天都在接触的拉丁美洲听众进行思想的论战,某种程度上也许他是打败了查维斯。布什同时也部分改变了美国在这个半球的形象,从自由贸易和对抗恐怖主义,到与贫穷作斗争以及加强民主和人权。如果布什能够早几年进行这次访问的话,今天的情况会有很大的不同。

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