It is the question that anyone with even a whiff of interest of what happens in the Western Hemisphere is asking these days, not the circus sideshow about some congressman named Weiner. Of two recent articles I came across concerning the recent presidential election there, The Guardian was, I believe, unrealistically optimistic...
"With almost all votes from Sunday's poll counted, [Leftist, Ollanta] Humala had won 7,182,788 and his rival Keiko Fujimori 6,807,933, translating into 51.3% and 48.7% respectively after a bitter campaign that polarised the country....
Big business and media groups backed the 36-year-old senator despite the fact that her [Keiko Fujimori's], father, Alberto, is in jail for corruption and human rights abuses committed while he was president in the 1990s. Humala, who led an unsuccessful coup against Fujimori in 2000, pulled ahead in the final days of the campaign after reminding voters of forced sterilisations and rampant corruption during Fujimori's rule. His victory sent the stock exchange plunging 12%, prompting temporary suspension of trading and fears of capital flight. Investors fear the former lieutenant colonel may follow radical economic policies of his one-time mentor, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.
Humala renounced Chávez during the campaign, swapped red T-shirts for dark suits and promised to rule like a Lula-style social democrat. But doubts remain.
"We believe there is still a significant amount of uncertainty regarding who is the 'real' Humala," said a research note from RBC Capital Markets.
Humala and Fujimori are reviled by many Peruvians as dangerous demagogues but centrist rivals cancelled each other in the first round in April, putting the two populists from opposite ends of the political spectrum into the runoff."
So now the keystone, Perú is gone leaving Chile and Colombia without a key ally in their democratic front against Hugo Chávez. When Humala takes office on the 28th of July to the applause of Chávez, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa and the Castro brothers , he should issue a special thank you to the firm of Obama & Clinton Inc. for standing idly bye while Perú was lost."
It's not like we couldnt use friends in that part of the world when Iran is actively setting up missle batteries in Venezuela, pointed at the US and Colombia.
If only we had someone in the White House who knew how to counteract against such threats instead of the "community organizer" that currently occupies the Oval Office.
(Pictured; The Tomb of San Martin de Porres, Convent of Santo Domingo, Lima, Peru