In a previous post, I mentioned that I thought Carlos Pascual sounded like a very good appointment as ambassador to Mexico. Then I had doubts. At this point I have returned to thinking he is probably a good appointment, but more because of who he is than because of how the Obama Administration regards Mexico. I think the Administration may have thought of him as experienced with military presences in chaotic states. I think he himself is not a militarist at all. Obama's government continues to disappoint. It seems to confuse the need for military action with the need for stability; it seems to stress cooperation and inclusion of views that may be erroneous and worse for respect for people with different opinions. If one has respect, one can disagree without insulting. I remember learning, when I was in a position to make decisions, that I needed to listen to all views, involve myself in discussion of them, and then sometimes arrive at a decision that did conform to the ways of those who had been used to running the show.
More on Carlos Pascual to come. He is indeed a very interesting man.