The USA does not now see the Caribbean as a high priority. We accept that this is partly because Washington, DC, and our other allies have grown weary of our constant requests for money and our consistent failure to deliver the reforms that would have given us a firm foundation for economic growth.
So let us start a new relationship based on honesty and enlightened self-interest. And let us start by stating that we do not want to be regarded as mendicants any longer. In the past, we have pretended that our problems were not of our making. We blamed them on neo-liberal economics, IMF policies, oil prices, our small size, our colonial history, great power rivalry in the Cold War.
In short, we have blamed everything and everyone except ourselves. Our politicians are masters of the art of evading responsibility.