Soldiers of God (Chapter 9, page 2 of 8)


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Chapter 9

Smart and intelligent, Susan Winters had always been involved in the intrigues of Foggy Bottom. Her father had been Assistant Secretary for Latin America during the Fulton administration and had held a lot of different posts before that. After a law degree from Georgetown and two years in a big New York City law firm, Susan found that traditional legal work was not her cup of tea. Thus began a long and successful career in the State Department, culminating in her appointment as Secretary soon after Delgado's election.

"I think we should send Pedro Cardenas again. His presence makes our interest in these negotiations very clear. Our companies are doing the exploration in Colombia. We should have a presence there."

"Even if they don't accomplish anything? Isn't the point of contention where the oil lies exactly? Moreover, while Luis German Palacios and I are on the same page about a lot of issues, Mora is arrogant and stupid."

"Not stupid, Tomas. Maybe what the Russians would call nyeculturnee. Uncultured, rough around the edges. I sort of like the bastard. He says what he means, usually, much to the consternation of his diplomatic corps. But both Mora and Palacios are stubborn. So what? The world is not an ideological one anymore. Economics rules. The border area in Arauca has to be at peace long enough for the exploration and initial drilling to be completed. And then we have to start pumping. Whether Venezuela or Colombia really owns the rights to the petroleum is a moot point if we can't get it out of the ground. Considering the price of oil now, that is not a small issue."

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