Thursday, February 25, 2010

Layover in Managua

Senators Christopher Dodd and Robert Corker visited Nicaragua for three hours on Tuesday .  During their breif stay, they met with the current vice president as well as opposition political figures from the Constitutional Liberal Party (and its off shoots) and the Sandinista Renovation Movement. 

Apparently, some political analysts are worried that the visit is more than it appears.
Some local political circles are wary of the apparent innocence of the quick visit, as its true objectives could be far beyond the apparent.
I imagine Dodd is taking somewhat of a farewell tour.  Does anyone know what his post-Senate plans are?

Corker's visit is tougher to figure out.  While he is a minority member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, his subcommittee assignments do not appear to have much relevance to Nicargua and Latin America other than the being a member of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection.  Who comes up with these committee names anyway?


  1. They visited Honduras also and met with some of the Resistance leaders.
    It is hard to figure out what they are up to. For good or ill? or just floundering? Any insights would be helpful for us here in Honduras.

  2. The two senators were in El Salvador over the weekend as well speaking with President Funes. I did find that both Corker and Dodd serve on the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs. (Another odd committee combination if you ask me.) In that sense their trip makes much more sense.

    However, if Dodd is making the rounds to say good bye and introducing the people that he has interacted with over the last three decades, why Corker?