Bush Tries Again to Pass Free Trade Agreement with Colombia

To date the united and unrelenting critique of the Colombian and American labor movements of the systematic violations of union rights in Colombia has deterred the Bush administration from introducing legislation to ratify and implement the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Act (née Free Trade Agreement). Now it is trying to use national security arguments to woo recalcitrant Democrats. By echoing Bush’s uncritical support for Colombia’s military attack on a FARC camp in Ecuador, Clinton and Obama appear naive and vulnerable to this duplicitous approach.

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