The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Follies over at State still have their moments
I moseyed over to the State site to look for any word of a USG on the issue of Bolivian requests for sovereign sea access (there needs to be a snappy acronym in the (thoroughly implausible) event that this thing ever really gets going).
(There is wishful thinking in the Bolivian press  that, when Bush meets Carlos Mesa after the Cumbre Extraordinaria de las Américas in Monterrey next week, Bush will in some way come to the aid of the party.)
Nothing in the briefings so far this year. But worthy of note from the January 5 session is this interchange with Richard Boucher's alternate, Adam Ereli:
QUESTION: New subject. There are some reports coming from Latin America that the Cuban and Venezuelan Governments have been jointly creating and funding an effort to cultivate anti-American sentiment in the region. Do you know anything about -- have you heard anything about this?
That's some pretty fulsome (and, surely, politically unnecessary?) backing for the USG Chile policy back then. Uncle Henry Kissinger will no doubt be delighted with the unsolicited testimonial.
And who is
And State apparently can't spell Ecuador. In the headlines, they spell it Equador - which I'm fairly certain is not a permissible alternative. (From a cursory search, I sense it may be right in Italian and Portuguese, but then, the briefing transcript is in English...)
Is there any kind of editing applied? Or does it work on the AP system...
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