In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies earlier this month, the United States Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs David Malpass said China’s role in Venezuela, including oil-for-loan deals, is partly to blame for the country’s shrinking economy and poor governance.
Let’s face it, for better or worse policymakers and politicians say and do a lot of funny things in and about the Americas. The region seems to lend itself to the tragic-comic events like former Congressman and then-chair of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee Dan Burton saying in a Congressional hearing that the U.S. ”should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields.” (If you don’t get the joke, look at a map.) Or there’s Venezuelan President Maduro’s use of “de-mangos” as a tool of citizen participation. In short there’s a lot to laugh at in the Americas, or at least that’s what we have to do or we’d just get depressed. LatinAmericaGoesGlobal will keep track of the more ridiculous things policymakers and politicians say and do—and those that are poking fun at them—and post them here.