President Obama's current visit to Latin America is widely seen as a move to counteract the rising influence of China, which is in the midst of an unprecedented energy grab in the oil- and mineral-rich region.
America grew used to exploiting Latin America.
Republican politicians reversed any progress made by President Kennedy's Alliance for Progress and stopped democratic, progressive governments by any means necessary, creating even more revolutionary, anti-American fervor... leading of course to whatever the hell happened during the Ronald Reagan years.
So now we are sending President Obama, hat in hand to try to compete with the Chinese... or worse, lobby for the nuclear energy industry.
We weren't there for Latin America when they needed us and we had something to offer... so what makes us think that they are willing to listen to us now... when we have nothing.
If the nations of Central and South America had any sense at all, they would turn their backs on the United States once and for all, before we infest their countries with our cancerous, corporate fascism. I hope they don't buy whatever snake oil President Obama is trying to sell them... and if he really is just down there as a salesman for the American nuclear energy industry... well, I wouldn't be surprised.