Skip to comments.Condoleezza Rice: Keeping Promises Among Partners
Posted on 07/24/2008 3:31:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In any partnership, the coin of the realm is trust and responsibility - in other words, saying what you mean and doing what you say. In the dramatic rescue on July 2 of 15 hostages, including three Americans, held captive for many years by guerrillas and terrorists, deep in the Colombian jungles, we saw a powerful reminder that the United States has no better partner in South America than the government and people of Colombia.
Colombia's leaders, especially President Uribe, had promised us that our three abducted citizens would be treated no differently than the many Colombian men and women who shared their fate. Colombia never wavered in this promise, and never cut any side deals with the guerrillas that could have freed their citizens at the expense of ours. This was not an easy act of solidarity, but Colombia remained true to its word.
In the breathtaking rescue mission, carried out with the utmost skill and professionalism (and without a shot being fired) by the Colombian Armed Forces, our partners did great honor to themselves - and a great service to us. We will never forget that. Nor will we forget the many Colombians who still have not found rescue from their guerrilla captors.
That our Colombian partners made good on their promise in this instance is important enough, but this is not the exception; it is the norm.
More than a decade ago, with its country wracked by the worst insurgency in the hemisphere, with its economy contracting, and with its democratic state on the brink of failure, Colombia resolved to turn the tide.
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I was unaware of this rescue mission conducted by Columbia... Very impressive. Now how about our Congress stepping up and doing the right thing with the trade agreement? Oh, I guess I shouldn’et expect anything courageous to come out of this Nancy Pelosi Congress! Disgusting!
A Democrat-controlled Congress stepping up and doing the right thing?
In an election year?
You must be joking.