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Obama Could Face Disastrous Summit Due to Venezuela Sanctions


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Obama Could Face Disastrous Summit Due to Venezuela Sanctions

Mark Weisbrot

The last Summit of the Americas, in Cartagena, Colombia in 2012, was a disaster for President Obama. There were scandals involving Secret Service agents and sex workers, an increasing rebellion from the South against the failed U.S. "War on Drugs," and — most of all — unanimous opposition to the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

The most decisive evidence that this was not just the usual suspects stirring up trouble was the warning from President Manuel Santos of Colombia — one of Washington's few "friendlies" in the region — that there would not be another summit without Cuba.