Pastor Terry Jones burned a Quran last week. Hate masquerading as political protest is still hate, which is why Jones must be repudiated so he realizes that his actions are not only offensive, but also dangerous and careless—especially when we have troops stationed in Muslim countries.
Latin America is used to being short-shrifted by U.S. presidents. And despite problems at home and abroad, President Obama was right about going to Latin America at this time. It sends an important message about the importance of this vital region of the world, and helps to cultivate a stronger relationship with a burgeoning power in the global economy.