Refreshing to see a British citizen testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Michael Reid is the Americas editor for The Economist. It is good for members of Congress to hear things like the following:
This problem is in part externally generated, by the failure of prohibition to reduce substantially demand for illegal drugs in the United States and Europe, and by the failure of the United States to prevent the export of small arms or take more effective action against money-laundering. The committee should not underestimate the extent to which the United States is seen as part of the problem, rather than part of the solution, of violent crime in Latin America.
It is also good for them to hear a reminder that even if you do not like Hugo Chávez, employing provocative measures backfires.