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Cablegate: Us Fence Bill; the Amia Case; Ambassador Earl Anthony

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SUBJECT: US FENCE BILL; THE AMIA CASE; AMBASSADOR EARL ANTHONY
WAYNE; US ELECTIONS; 10/27/06; BUENOS AIRES


1.SUMMARY STATEMENT

Key international stories today include the US fence bill;
Argentina's judicial investigation into the AMIA case; and the
arrival of US Ambassador Wayne to Argentina in November.

Business-financial, center-right "InfoBae" reports on October 25
press encounter with INL DAS Christy McCampbell, at the US Embassy
in Buenos Aires. The paper highlights that she "praised cooperation
between the US and Argentina in the struggle against drug
trafficking."

2. OPINION PIECES

- "Bush approves legislation authorizing to build a wall between the
US and Mexico"

Hinde Pomeraniec, on special assignment in Miami for leading
"Clarin," writes (10/27) "Only eleven days away from US legislative
elections, which could deprive the G.O.P. from its legislative
control, US President George W. Bush approved legislation
authorizing to build a wall on the US-Mexican border...

"In this way, Bush approved legislation setting forth that by the
end of 2008 the third part of the huge border between the US and
Mexico will have high fences, in an attempt to prevent illegal
immigrants from entering the US in search of the 'American dream.'

"As Paul Krugman sardonically wrote for 'The New York Times',
'Republicans have two positions about immigrants - those who want to
expel them and those who want to exploit them.' You choose which
side the man in the White House favors."

- "The (Argentine) Government is reported to back sanctions against
the Iranian nuclear program"

Daniel Santoro, political columnist of leading "Clarin," writes
(10/27) "The Argentine Foreign Ministry is waiting for Federal Judge
Rodolfo Canicoba Corral to decide whether he accepts or not
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman's charges against Iran for the criminal
attack against the AMIA headquarters before assuming a position. The
Argentine FM is concerned about the Iranian nuclear program.

"... Argentina, which will be a non permanent member of the UN
Security Council until December 31, will back the search for a
diplomatic solution until the last minute. However, if this fails,
it could end up voting in favor of imposing sanctions against Iran
until the country lets IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
inspectors check its facilities in order to verify that it is not
manufacturing a bomb.

"Vice FM Roberto Garcia Moritan told 'Clarin' that the Foreign
Ministry is 'concerned' about Iran's refusal to allow IAEA checkups.
He added that 'all the countries have to let IAEA inspectors visit
our nuclear facilities and, therefore, honor the Non Proliferation
Treaty.'"

- "Return to the departure point"

Ricardo Kirschbaum, leading "Clarin's" general editor, writes
(10/27) "The return to the 'Iranian track' in the investigation of
the ferocious attack against AMIA is a return to what dismissed
Judge Galeano was investigating with the support from most of the
Jewish community and Israeli and US secret services.

"The information is not of lesser importance and neither is the fact
that the 'Syrian track,' which was encouraged by Senator Kirchner
and others, has been abandoned.

"... The Bush administration made statements in support of this new
accusation against Iran and it also praised Argentina's efforts to
clarify and bring to justice those who are responsible for what it
labeled 'the deadliest anti-Semitic action since the end of the
Second World War.'"

- "US: the new Ambassador arrives"

Daily-of-record "La Nacion" reports (10/27) "Earl Anthony Wayne, the
new US Ambassador to Argentina, will arrive in Buenos Aires within
ten days to take charge of the US-Argentine bilateral relationship,
which is vascillating between cordiality and coldness.

"According to diplomatic sources, Ambassador Wayne will arrive in
Buenos Aires on November 6. According to Foreign Ministry sources,
FM Jorge Taiana is expected to welcome him at the credentials
submission ceremony.

"Wayne's nomination was approved by the US Senate last June after a
long political battle set off by the opposition of powerful US Cuban
lobbyists.

"Wayne's arrival coincides with US Assistant Secretary of State for
Latin America Tom Shannon's attempt to improve diplomatic ties
between the US and Argentina in the aftermath of the strong public
disagreement between Presidents Nestor Kirchner and George W. Bush
at the Mar del Plata Summit last year.

"... Wayne is a career government official, who served as US
Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs.

"He is an expert in international finances, energy resources and
trade policy, with no previous experience in Latin America. He still
does not speak fluent Spanish - however, he studies the language
several hours a day and expects to arrive at the post having the
greatest possible command of the language."

- "Wayne is getting ready"

Left-of-center "Pagina 12" reports (10/27) "After considerable back
and forth movement, Earl Anthony Wayne will arrive in Buenos Aires
next November 5 to assume his role as US Ambassador to Argentina.
Wayne was nominated by George W. Bush last February and the
Argentine Government granted him its 'agrement' on the following
day, but a difficult negotiation on Capitol Hill has detained him
until now...

"In spite of the extra months he had, Wayne has not managed to make
much progress with his Spanish language, as Nestor Kirchner himself
was able to verify when they greeted each other last month at the
Council of the Americas dinner, in New York.

"Instead, he informed himself on political issues and turned his
discourse to the Argentine Government's desires - he promised that
his priorities will include enhancing the investment climate and
expanding bilateral trade.

"... From the meetings Wayne has held with Argentine Government
officials so far, he does not seem to have a conflictive agenda once
he is in his position. Just like Bush's expert in the region, Tom
Shannon, (Wayne) asserted that he does not see a difficult horizon
in the bilateral relationship between the US and Argentina. However,
the Kirchner administration's relationship with Venezuelan Hugo
Chavez will surely be one of his concerns. In addition to this,
Wayne has said that the (revival and) expansion of 'buried' FTAA
will appear among his priorities."

3. EDITORIALS

- "An important step forward in the AMIA case"

Daily-of-record "La Nacion" editorializes (10/27) "... An important
step forward has been made in the clarification of the AMIA case...


"Nevertheless, one should acknowledge that there is still a lot to
be done to clarify this attack...

"... When assigning responsibility for the delays in clarifying
this terrorist attack, one should point out that the USG and its
intelligence services, as well as those of Israel, have not always
granted as much support to our authorities as they provided in the
last three years. Geopolitical reasons should not justify this
fact...

"It seems clear that the relationship between Argentina and Iran
cannot remain unchanged and also that the Argentine Government
should handle this situation carefully."

- "US elections"

Weekly "El Economista" editorializes (10/27) "US legislative
elections will be held in November.

"The world is neither a better nor a safer place ever since Bush
took office although we should also acknowledge that the September
11 attacks changed the entire scenario.

"From the economic perspective, fiscal and foreign disequilibria are
still worrisome and FTAs with countries having small economies
cannot hide the lack of leadership to carry out multilateral
negotiations in the framework of the WTO Doha Round.

"The world's image of the US has declined. And this is not good news
because, regardless of the questioning that democratic leaders can

make about Bush's several policies, the worst remaining dictators in
the world are nurtured of an anti-US feeling.

"In this scenario, a political change in the US (although limited)
seems necessary to open a debate on new roads and alternatives in
domestic policy. It will also be refreshing for the world because it
will lead the only superpower to open itself to the possibility of
changing its view about some central aspects of its global agenda."

To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our
classified website at:
http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires

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