New York Times Calls Bush Visit to Brazil and Argentina a Disaster

United States President George Bush visit to Latinamerica, which included Argentina, Brazil and Panama, was described as a "disaster" in a New York Times editorial accusing the US government of having completely failed in the recent Americas Summit held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

"He and his delegation failed to get even a minimally face-saving outcome at the collapsed trade talks and allowed a loudmouthed opportunist like the president of Venezuela to steal the show", points out the NYT.

"In Argentina, Mr. Bush, who prides himself on his ability to relate to world leaders face to face, could barely summon the energy to chat with the 33 other leaders there, almost all of whom would be considered friendly to the United States under normal circumstances".

In Mar del Plata the US and 28 of the 34 participant countries tried unsuccessfully to re-launch the Free Trade Area of the Americas, FTAA, negotiations which have been frozen for over two years because of disagreements on US farm subsidies.

The controversial final Americas Summit declaration had to include a core paragraph outlining the differences which split the meeting.

"After President Bush’s disastrous visit to Latin America, it’s unnerving to realize that his presidency still has more than three years to run. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can’t afford an American government this bad for that long".

The NYT points out that the White House is in an uproar over the future of some of the president’s political advisers and cabinet members, "but the central problem is not Karl Rove or Treasury Secretary John Snow or even Donald Rumsfeld, the defense secretary. It is President Bush himself".

Finally the editorial suggests Mr. Bush should at least send a signal to the nation and the world that he was in charge and so "the next three years might not be as dreadful as they threaten to be right now".

This article appeared originally in Mercopress – www.mercopress.com.

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  • Guest

    How could anyone have respect for some one as ignorant and stupid as the US president. Some reckon he is even dumber than Ronald Reagan which the whole world thinks it is an impossibility. This moron and tyrant is barely literate, is it any wonder he is so hated around the world.. As a busineman he has been a complete failure and in the field of academia a peanut has a higher I.Q. How could an idiot like that becomes the leader of anything is beyond belief . A monkey will do a much better job than the leader of the free world
    regards
    jim

  • Guest

    I am laughing!
    It makes me feel better to know that Brazil and Argentina aren’t the only ones with idiots for leaders.

  • Guest

    I guess this is only
    an independant opinion.

    In Brazil you have also some of the press and media who wish to impeach Lula for his corruptions pratices.

    The difference is that Bush accepts critics and disagreements, not Lula !

    That is a big difference in a true democracy.

  • Guest

    Too true…
    How sad I am, having to share with the editors opinion – I wish it were not so! What makes me even more sad, is the fact that I think the same of the Brazilian and Argentinian Leaders: on the domestic, and the international front. They had a grand opportunity to take controll of the situation, and had the same meagre result: it looks like the summit was one grand flop, and led to absolutely nothing, except show the ineptness of our leaders. The only good news, is that I as a Brazilian, have the opportunity to change my ppresident next year!

  • Guest

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    Yep.
    “An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can’t afford an American government this bad for that long”

    I think the NYT got it right. What more could be added to this harsh truth?

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