June 3, 2011

Sebastian Mallaby made a number of good points in his June 1 op-ed, “Obama’s Roosevelt moment,” regarding the Obama administration’s apparent lack of courage in preventing a European from becoming the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). There is, however, a more prosaic point that perhaps he should have made. It is related to U.S. electoral politics.

At present, there are two official candidates for the top job at the IMF — one French, one Mexican. The Mexican candidate, Agustin Carstens, is considerably more qualified for the job than the French candidate, Christine Lagarde. Mexican Americans, as well as all other Hispanic voters, will certainly not soon forget if the Obama administration supports the French candidate under investigation for alleged wrongdoing in a multimillion-euro legal dispute over the better-qualified Mexican candidate.

Hector Eduardo Luisi, Bethesda