Colombia Ups Ante on Free Trade Agreement
4:11 PM, May 14, 2008 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
A central complaint of Congressional Democrats in explaining their opposition to a vote on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement was to cite the alleged failure of that country to do enough to oppose paramilitary groups. President Alvaro Uribe is therefore seeking to take away that objection:
The real reasons the trade deal has been killed -- at least for the foreseeable future -- have more to do with paying off union backers, dealing the president a defeat, and gaining a bargaining chip for negotiations down the road. To the extent that undercuts an important U.S. bilateral relationship... well, that's a price Congress is willing to pay.