Stalling the Colombia FTA: A Major Blow to U.S. Public Diplomacy
Publication Date: April 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Anthony B. Kim
Keywords: Trade and foreign aid; Colombia; Trade Policy; public diplomacy
In the Democratic response to President George W. Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said, "As a nation we must show our greatness, not just our strength. America must be a light to the world, not just a missile." Four years later, in a volatile presidential election year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has deployed a legislative "missile" at the front line of U.S. foreign policy: free trade with an important ally, Colombia.