. SouthAmerica: Here is clear evidence of declining US influence in Latin America. This decline in influence in Latin America will have in the future important economic impact in the American economy. With the declining American influence, and the rise of China as the replacement to US influence in South America eventually the population of many of these countries will start taking out their investments from the US economy to invest in South America or in somewhere else. Brazilians alone have over $ 250 billion dollars invested outside of Brazil, and a large part of that money is here in the US. With most countries going from economic crisis to economic crisis in South America the population of many of these countries transferred their savings to be invested in the US economy, because of economic stability of the US economy. All together I would not be surprised if today the people from South American countries have an estimated $ 700 or $ 800 billion dollars or even more invested in the US economy. You can see evidence of American influence decline in South America all over the place. First, at the end of April 2005 Condi Rice made a two-day visit to Brazil. One of Condi Riceâs goals in that trip to Brazil it was to convince President Lula to change his mind and have Brazil vote for the US candidate that would head the Organization of American States (OAS) for the next 5 years. At the end the candidate that Brazil was supporting all along, in opposition to the United States, Mr. Insulza from Chile was the winner. This election it is a clear signal to the world of how fast the United States is losing its influence in Latin America. It is unbelievable the decline of US influence right on its backyard. It was the first time in the organizations 60-year history that the candidate supported by Washington did not win. Now, about a month later from that amazing defeat President Bush, and Condi Rice gave speeches over the weekend to the Annual meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS). But the representatives of the member countries promptly rejected the American proposal that they presented for the organization. (From all the countries in the Americas, only Cuba is not a member of that organization) Here is some information from that OAS meeting that happened over the weekend in Florida as reported by the BBC News: âBush pushes for free trade in OASâ President George W Bush has said free trade would strengthen democracy in the Americas, in an address to the Organization of American States (OAS). BBC News - Monday, June 6, 2005 He said a pan-American trade pact would unite the region in prosperity and reduce the risk of "false ideologies". Earlier, the US secretary of state called on the OAS to bolster struggling Latin American democracies. Several countries are said to be considering an alternative plan, which some diplomats see as "less intrusive". Ministers from 34 American and Caribbean nations are in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to discuss the region's most pressing problems. 'Commitment' Mr Bush said a recent free trade deal between the US and Central American states provided "a historic opportunity to bring prosperity to people who have never known it. "It is a signal of the US commitment to democracy and prosperity for our neighbours," he said, urging Congress to ratify the agreement. He said he would continue to push for a pan-American deal. "An Americas linked by trade is less likely to be divided by resentment and false ideologies," he said. A proposal to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas has stalled over the issue of agricultural subsidies. Mr Bush said the OAS charter guaranteed all people of the Americas "the right to democracy". 'Intrusion' Nearly all Latin American countries have moved from dictatorship to democracy over the last three decades - but elected governments have still been liable to fall or be overthrown. Opening the summit on Sunday, Condoleezza Rice called for greater intervention by the OAS in Latin America, highlighting concern over crises in Bolivia, Ecuador and Haiti. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the Bush administration's plan a ploy to justify US intervention in the region. "The times in which the OAS was an instrument of the government in Washington are gone," he said. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said OAS rules did not allow members to monitor the democratic processes of other states. Mexico has also expressed reservations. Brazil and other countries have been putting together an alternative proposal. "Democracy cannot be imposed. It is born from dialogue," Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said. But OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, of Chile, denied the rival proposal amounted to a rejection of the US plan. ****************** SouthAmerica: Brazil was the original leader of the Americas, and the âAndrada Doctrineâ established the foundations for foreign policy for the Americas. In the past Brazil had its historical moments of leadership in the Americas. Brazil became the original leader of the Americas in the early 1800âs under the leadership of Jose Bonifacio and his âAndrada Doctrine.â I have seen a number of times over the yearâs people quoting the âMonroe Doctrineâ in written articles in major US newspapers and magazines, and also on television programs. The American history books, written from an American history perspective, usually mention the Monroe Doctrine as an important American contribution to setting up foreign policy for the Americas. Usually, they are trying to imply that the Monroe administration was the first administration of any country in the Americas to establish foreign policy for the Americas not allowing any new European colonies in the Americas, and European powers were not to interfere in the affairs of the countries of the American hemisphere. President James Monroe in his seventh annual address to the U.S. Congress on Dec. 2, 1823, made a statement that eventually became one of the foundations of US policy in Latin America. Monroeâs statement initially remained only a declaration of policy; its increasing use and popularity elevated it to a principle, slowly becoming in the mid-1840âs what we call today the Monroe Doctrine. The Andrada Doctrine The âAndrada Doctrineâ was the original document that laid out the foreign policy structure for the Americas. The âAndrada Doctrineâ precedes by 18 months, and it is more precise and more courageous than the âMonroe Doctrineâ laid out by the United States president in his message to Congress in December 2, 1823. There is a certain resemblance between both doctrines, but we have to recognize and give credit to JosÃ© BonifÃ¡cio for being the first to expose his thoughts and making a policy in that regard for the entire hemisphere. JosÃ© BonifÃ¡cio preceded the American President James Monroe in formulating foreign policy for the American hemisphere by more than one and a half years. You can read about historical information regarding Brazilian leadership of the Americas, and the âAndrada Doctrineâ by Ricardo C. Amaral, at the following website: http://brazil-leaderoftheamericas.blogspot.com/ January 1, 2005 âThe Andrada Doctrine â Part Iâ and âThe Andrada Doctrine â Part IIâ In May 30, 1822, Brazil through the âAndrada Doctrineâ became the original leader of the Americas regarding foreign policy issues dealing with the defense of the American continent against European interference in the affairs of the countries of the American hemisphere By: Ricardo C. Amaral .