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“Tapate la boca, Correa”: We don’t have to buy broccoli from you!

President Correa of Ecuador can not get away with saying this:

"Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said that American exceptionalism is reminiscent of Nazism “before and during World War II.”
“Does not this remind you of the Nazis’ rhetoric before and during World War II? They considered themselves the chosen race, the superior race, etc. Such words and ideas pose extreme danger,” Correa told RT Spanish. Correa referred to President Barack Obama’s statement that “America is exceptional” because it stands up for the world’s interests not just its own.
However, Correa said that the U.S. has and will continue to violate international law."

Outrageous. You can't allow someone to get away with a statement like that without some consequences.

We buy lots of broccoli, and other agricultural products from Ecuador.

Therefore, I call on the US to officially start looking for broccoli somewhere else.

Ecuador won't have any trouble selling its oil.   However, what other country is going to buy the $166 million in "cut flowers", vegetables and tuna?

We import $9 billion from Ecuador!

I guarantee you that the US will have no trouble buying these goods from other countries.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a few of Mr Correa's Latin American neighbors would gladly replace Ecuador!

Some will say that the people of Ecuador should not be punished for their president's stupid rhetoric.

You can say the same things about the businesses that move goods and services both ways in this trading relationship.

At the same time, you can't allow a demagogue to comapre the US to Nazi Germany. You can't!

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