FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
GOP Must Block Maria del Carmen Aponte from Becoming Ambassador to El Salvador
What is worse than an Obama radical czar? An ambassador to a sensitive South American country that had an affair with a Cuban spy.
Last August, stymied by Jim DeMint’s Senate hold, Obama used a recess appointment to name Maria del Carmen Aponte ambassador to El Salvador. She was originally selected as ambassador to the Domincan Republic during the Clinton administration, but she withdrew her name after refusing to take a polygraph test concerning her relationship with Cuban spy, Roberto Tamayo. Nonetheless, radical rejects of the Clinton administration are the very people whom Obama loves to recycle. Aponte’s recess appointment expires at the end of the year, and the Senate may vote on her permanent appointment as early as Monday afternoon.
While everyone is focused on the Middle East, few people are focusing on one of the most serious threats that hearkens all the way back to the Monroe Doctrine. There is a disturbing trend, known as the “Pink Tide”, of radical socialist tin-pot dictators obtaining power throughout Latin America and aligning themselves with Chavez and Castro. Many of these countries, such as Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador, have already joined Venezuela in an unholy alliance against Iran. They are also strengthening ties with Iran.
There are many smaller developing nations in the region that have fallen to the Pink Tide, and El Salvador is one of them. We need to engage these countries from a position of strength and lure them away from their alliance with Chavez and his Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas and the newly formed Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). It goes without saying that those who are vested with such diplomatic power should not side with our enemies. Then again, the commander-in-chief sides with the Pink Tide anyway.
Call your senators and urge them to vote no on Maria del Carmen Aponte.