|The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela
Published on March 21, 2015- By David Jessop
In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government.
This summit is a belated follow up to a promise the US president made in April 2009 when he met in Trinidad with regional leaders in the margins of the fifth Summit of the Americas. Since then there have been encounters with Vice President Biden, at which the predominant focus has been on security and energy; exchanges that at times have not been easy, as to a significant extent the US’s regional preoccupations have not been those of CARICOM, and the approaches discussed have lacked accompanying funding.
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi was clearly furious in the wake of yesterday’s speech by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi). The Washington Post reported:
In a statement, Pelosi said she was “near tears” throughout the speech, “saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States . . . and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”
Netanyahu’s speech was made before a special session of Congress on Tuesday. Remember that Netanyahu violated protocol by accepting a prearranged invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (normally the Senate jointly issues such an invite – and the president is consulted) to address the session – which many Democrats refused to attend. Continue reading