Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 12:00 am
WASHINGTON - President Obama, seeking to calm a diplomatic furor with a close ally, disputed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's observation this week that Mexico has begun to look like Colombia at the height of its struggle against a drug-financed insurgency.
In an interview with a Spanish-language newspaper published Thursday, Obama said that "Mexico is a great democracy, vibrant, with a growing economy. And as a result, what is happening there can't be compared with what happened in Colombia 20 years ago."
Obama's comments to the Los Angeles-based La Opinion followed an outcry that began in Mexico on Wednesday, after Clinton told a foreign-policy group that Mexico "is looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country."
Despite Obama's attempts to soft
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