PRESIDENT OBAMA devoted a slice of his visit to Argentina on Thursday to memoralizing the victims of the country’s 1976 military coup and subsequent “dirty war“, and regretting the USA role in it. “Democracies have to have the courage to acknowledge when we don’t live up to the ideals that we stand for; when we’ve been slow to speak out for human rights”, he said.
This is not the first time President dancing, we had seen him dancing in Kenya a year ago, at the 2014 Christmas tree lighting, at Ellen, in middle school in Alaska and in Diwali celebrations in India.
Obama also welcomed Macri’s “constructive approach” in reaching a deal with USA creditors to settle debts dating to Argentina’s financial crisis in 2002. After Obama’s gestures to the Castro regime, that excuse sounds more ridiculous than ever.
The Obamas will return to Buenos Aires in the evening before taking an overnight flight on Air Force One back home to Washington, wrapping up a trip aimed at improving relations with countries in Latin America despite rocky history. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton, another former head United States envoy, has repeatedly touted her cordial relationship with Kissinger as demonstrating her qualifications.
“This gives us an opportunity again to work together, the way you have been doing it, for the defense of these causes around the world”, Macri said.
His trip to Argentina coincides with the 40th anniversary of a military coup that precipitated the historical event known as the “Dirty War”, in which thousands of leftists were arrested, killed, tortured, or “disappeared”, tossed deep into the southern oceans of the country via helicopter.
Obama didn’t initiate his brief tango Wednesday evening at a state dinner in his honor.
The primary structure in the park is the Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism, a long wall – similar to the Vietnam War Memorial – containing 20,000 names and ages of victims.
“No, no”, Obama’s face seemed to say, as he declined her invitation not once but multiple times. He extolled the likes of diplomat Tex Harris, who worked at the US embassy in Buenos Aires during the administration of then-President Jimmy Carter to document human rights abuses and identify the disappeared.
I remember this well, because I left Argentina for the United States in 1976. “Now the president of the United States has announced, 40 years after the fact, that they will declassify archives of the dictatorship, we hope he keeps the promise”.
The US initially backed the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. The president has directed his team to “continue providing any and all requested assistance to Belgian and other authorities investigating the attacks”, the official said.
After the memorial ceremony Obama with his wife Michelle, her mother and the couple’s daughters flew to the Andean resort of Bariloche, where they went for a hike and boat ride in a national park.
Silvina Retrivi, a language professor, said, “Obama’s visit represents Argentina’s shift towards a neoliberal economy”.
And one of the few areas of consistent agreement among Republican presidential candidates was Obama’s failure to project strength in foreign policy: “Under this administration, we are inconsistent and indecisive”, declared Jeb Bush.