In what some are predicting to be the last Summit of the Americas without Cuba, President Obama weathered lectures and interuptions as the other nations of the hemisphere demonstrated what may be a new attitude of defiance to U.S. domination. Hugo Chavez was not at the summit, reportedly for heath reasons. President Santos of Columbia described the blockade of Cuba as a major concern for the other nations. The President of Bolivia described the U.S drug war as a cover for the militarization of the region. Like NATO and the U.N. Security Council, the Organization of American States is increasingly seen as a tool of the U.S. and other traditional colonial powers. On the bright side, leaders were impressed with the first U.S. President to sit and listen to their concerns, but they also made it clear they are no longer willing to be the United States “backyard.”

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