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August 20, 2010
Another Obama recess appointment, another radical avoids scrutiny
Another controversial Obama recess appointment without Senate scrutiny. And one of those appointments has a suspect history, reports the Washington Post
The most contentious of the appointments is Maria del Carmen Aponte, the administration's pick for ambassador to El Salvador.
Senate Republicans questioned her during a March confirmation hearing about a former romantic relationship with a Cuban national connected to Cuban intelligence.
She denied any contact with Cuban intelligence officials but said she met some Cuban officials socially over the course of the relationship.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and other Republicans later placed a hold on Aponte's nomination as they sought additional information about her background.
"The White House continued to deny senators information, despite numerous requests, and then recess appoints her to circumvent the advice and consent process. So much for transparency and accountability," said DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton.
Aponte runs a consulting firm; previously ran the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration; and sat on the boards of the National Council of La Raza, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the University of the District of Columbia.
Why would anyone have problems with an appointee in the unstable Central American region who has ties to Castro and company? But wait..there is more. Ms. Aponte also sits on the board of the National Council of La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. La Raza means "the race" and has advocated radical positions regarding a wide range of issues (that is a job requirement for Obama appointees). The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund perceives discrimination across America, of course.
Castro and his regime still harbor an anti-American obsession-even with Obama in power. Iran and its adjunct , Hezbollah, are making inroads throughout South America and are moving upwards. They have a powerful patron in Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chavez.
Central America does not merit much attention in America and that is unfortunate. Radicals are on the march throughout the region. Nicaragua is back in the hands of Daniel Ortega - a Hugo Chavez wanna-be. And speaking of Hugo Chavez, he sees himself as the latest incarnation of Simon Bolivar - a man who wanted a pan Latino empire.
Chavez also looks to Castro as an inspiration. Chavez has actively worked to undermine the democratically elected government in Columbia-a nation closely allied with America. He sponsors the terror group FARC to do so. He has an acolyte that he has supported as the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who also shares Chavez's anti-Americanism.
It was not too long ago that Honduras prevented a de facto takeover by Manuel Zelaya - also a radical supported by Chavez and Castro (and the administration of Barack Obama). The gist of this brief history is that Central America is still an unstable region that is being preyed upon by the likes of Hugo Chavez and the Castro regime.
Is it too much of a stretch to assume that both Chavez and Castro (and Ortega, and the grab bag of radicals in Central and South America) will be happy with the new Ambassador to El Salvador - a person with ties to the Castro regime and with an affinity towards radical ideas and agendas?
No wonder Obama chose to circumvent the Senate in making yet another recess appointment.
This is why Obama likes Congressional recesses; he gets to take more vacations (because driving the US economy off the cliff is hard work) and, as a bonus, also gets to make recess appointments that avoid scrutiny and publicity.