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martes, mayo 17, 2005

OAS: how to spin a loss into a victory?

One more article on the OAS presidency -- this one's kind of amusing.

Now someone might look at this and say it appeared as though all this was pretty much a defeat for U.S. efforts. The folks they supported lost. The guy they opposed won.

Ah, but that would be, as Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America Roger Noriega explained in an April 30 e-mail to State Department officials, absolutely, completely, wrong.

"No matter how hard the NY Times, Chavez, and Castro try to say otherwise, Rice's brokering of a consensus in favor of Jose Miguel Insulza is a victory for the US," Noriega wrote.

The Insulza gambit was nothing short of brilliant. "When I told Paco [Francisco] Flores of our plan," Noriega said, "he said, 'Wow. That's great.' " (Paco apparently is easily impressed.)

So next election, if the candidate you oppose looks as though he might win, work out a way to support him, then declare victory. This is what is called a "win-win."

Al Kamen, "What Defeat? Rice Finesses Win-Win at OAS",Washington Post, Mon., May 16, 2005.

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