The General Assembly of the Organization of American States concluded last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., without much fanfare, which speaks to the diminishing relevance of the organization. That's hardly news. The real story is the decreasing ability of the United States to get its way.

The host country chose the theme: Delivering the Benefits of Democracy. Recent events imply that this is the Americans' new mantra (skeptics might substitute "imposing" for "delivering"). But true democracy is messy; cases in point are Venezuela, where a duly elected leader governs in less-than-democratic ways, and Haiti, Ecuador, and Bolivia, where popular uprisings have...

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