Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Latin America last week was meant to bolster Iran by highlighting its many friends in the Western hemisphere.
Instead it revealed Ahmadinejad’s declining influence, even among South American dictators who’ve long delighted in bashing capitalism and the United States. One former ally was defeated in the last election, and another has been replaced by his more pragmatic sibling who seems to have grown tired of Iran’s promises of financial assistance – promises that Iran has never made good on. But the United States still has some reason for worry as three Latin American countries have given Iran access to something that it cannot easily get anywhere else.
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|Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, attends the inauguration of Daniel Ortega, left, to his third term as president of Nicaragua on Jan. 10, along with Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela. (AFP/Getty Images)
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