According to Robert Novak, Democrats will be faced with a tough choice next week. The Colombian Free Trade Agreement, negotiated more than a year and a half ago, will make its way to Capitol Hill for approval by Congress. The AFL-CIO opposes it, claiming that Colombian labor unions are persecuted. Guess where that story originates.
A rare insight into what the Uribe regime really thinks is going on was provided me by Vice President Francisco Santos on one of the many trips to Washington by senior Colombian officials to court congressional support. Santos told me Chavez's controlled labor unions in Venezuela are in close touch with Colombia's leftist unions, who in turn influence the AFL-CIO. Thus, the labor intransigence in Washington can be traced to Caracas.
A vote against the Colombian Free Trade Agreement is a vote for Venezuelan lefty Hugo Chavez.