March 12, 2003

Department of Poor Diplomacy Not

Department of Poor Diplomacy

Not the way to get votes.

Key language: The new United States ambassador here, Tony Garza, a Texas friend of President Bush, has come very close to publicly demanding a yes vote from Mexico in support of the United States at the Security Council, where Mexico holds a swing vote among the 15 members. A maybe or an abstention is not good enough, Mr. Garza said Monday. "Will American attitudes be placated by half-steps or three-quarter-steps?" he said. "I kind of doubt it."

Mexicans, as a general matter, are sensitive enough about what they often perceive to be a domineering Yankee neighbor to the North. Threatening public ultimatums and talk of "placating" American opinion doesn't evoke confidence in the diplomatic skills of our chief diplomat in Mexico City.

Posted by Gregory at March 12, 2003 05:56 PM
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