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Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Robert Zoellick's departure as the No. 2 highest-ranking official from the State Department to join Wall Street's Goldman Sachs is bad news for Latin America. Zoellick, a former head of the U.S. Trade Representative's Office who had negotiated trade deals with several Latin countries, was the only top-level official who - despite not speaking Spanish - could be considered a Latin America expert. Latin American newspapers are taking notice, as shown in this story in Argentina's La Nacion.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I get it now, apparenlty it's not OK for Robert Zoellick to not speak Spanish, but it is OK for tens of millions of Cubans and other Hispanics to force their way into the USA and thumb their noses at the USA by refusing to learn English and instead expecting US citizens to learn Spanish so we can communicate with them. Is that it, Andres?

1:38 AM  
Blogger Eduardo Vera Websites said...

You can read and comment this post in spanish clicking on:
El Informe
Inmigrants must speak English so they will be bilingual. You US Citizens have the choice. Relax.
┬┐to be or not to be? that's the question!
Meanwhile, marketing is being doing in both languages.

12:19 PM  
Blogger leftside said...

Zoellick was bad for Latin America. He was not well liked across the board. At the OAS meeting last week he made a fool of himself by (very wrongly) assuming that Brazil and Argentina supported the US' attempts to deny Venezuela a spot on the Security Council. For his Venezuela obsession, he was upbraided by the Brazilian Foreign Minister, who told him to remember "the importance of non-intervention." Later, he called for OAS election watchers in Nicaragua, even though they had been there since May 9th already. If he "knew" Latin America, he had a funny way of showing it.

Zoellick's passion is money and capitalism. He will be better served at Goldman Sach's than in representing our country.

6:09 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Zoellick is a pro. The only reason he's leaving is they couldn't find a job big enough for him, they kept shunting him off to back boonie jobs where he could make very little impact. He did do good work on Latam and really took an interest in it. I am sure he spoke some Spanish, in any case, his job was to serve us, the American people and there were plenty of people who could take care of the Spanish. It's a shame he's gone, Goldman's stock will continue to soar as they only take top talent, I am sorry he's gone, I liked the guy.

9:51 PM  
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