On the Hill and in the White House they worry, quietly, about CAFTA passage. Small wonder that a trade bill trimmed like a tree is advertised as an all-in-one solution to American issues abroad--but CAFTA's multi-purpose rationales can't change the fact that it really will work as a tool to promote American security.
William Cohen declares that "the roots of democracy are not deep and [Central American] economies need to grow. In our own backyard we might have a breeding ground for terrorists." John Murphy, VP for Latin America at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, warns of a CAFTA defeat "that will be seen as a kick in the teeth to Latin America. And that will harm not just on trade but anti-terrorist and anti-narcotic efforts." And the Deputy Secretary of State himself raises the question of "what message" the defeat of CAFTA would "send to struggling democracies in other regions, such as the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa, where economic reformers are pushing for freedom and need our support." "CAFTA is about security" runs at The Spectator.
Update: "CAFTA" featured at The Heritage Foundation.