Sunday, April 19, 2009

Soothing words at the the Summit of the Americas

The U.S.'s Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's anti American strong man, are "hinting that relations between the two countries could finally be warming" and "inching toward rapprochement".

Remember when Democratic administrations had a human rights policy, and wanted to reform and democratize dictatorships, not just get along better with them?

By the way: "the Venezuelan leader topped off his warm handshake, kind words and uncharacteristically short speech during a group meeting with President Barack Obama with a back-handed gift: Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano's 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America, about the history of U.S. meddling in the region. Its subtitle: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent."

This calculated insult from Chavez is a clear sign that the Venezuelan junta wants better relations on their terms only. Further, it's a clear test by Chavez of the type of man we have in charge. So far, we failed.

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