The next four years provide dramatic opportunities for trade liberalization across the Pacific and the Atlantic. Barack Obama will use those opportunities to build a durable bipartisan consensus on trade. Mitt Romney won't.
Mitt Romney says that he wants more trade with Latin America. How? By negotiating new trade agreements in the region. With which countries, exactly? He doesn't say, and frankly it's difficult to name a likely candidate.
Conservative critics have had a field day criticizing President Barack Obama's trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador this week. Besides revealing a troubling -- even offensive -- stereotype and disregard of the region, they are also wrong.
With a sluggish recovery at home and Latin America increasingly looking to China to diversify economic and political ties, now is the time for the U.S. to show it is a willing partner that takes the region's concerns seriously.
The new US authorities understand that the United States no longer has the means to exert quick control in such countries as Honduras, and that trying to do so could undermine more promising multilateral avenues for achieving US objectives.
When left-wingers like Honduran President Zelaya try to repeal term limits, they are described as "dictators" yet when right-wingers like Columbia's President Uribe do exactly the same thing, the same people applaud him as "brilliant."
Eric Massa, a freshman Democratic Representative from Corning in the state of New York, has introduced legislation on May 20 that would seek to punish Argentina by, among other things, denying the country access to U.S. capital markets.