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To be absolutely fair, "Washington" isn't the only nation to exert "diplomatic" pressure when in its interest. Every country does so, right or wrong, to the limits of their ability.  The real difference would seem to be that "Washington" has a lot of leverage in some areas and the misfortune of having evidence of that leverage revealed recently via Wikileaks.

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Dec 12th, 2010 at 03:25:42 PM EST
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