Tuesday, November 06, 2007

U.S. policy and Hugo Chávez

If you’d like another glimpse at the ways in which many in the U.S. government view Hugo Chávez, check out this interview with Connie Mack (R-FLA). The highlights:

--the U.S. needs “more severe policies” toward Venezuela in the near future

--“rogue nations” and “terrorists” are using Venezuela as a “conduit” for “dangerous enterprises”

--although Chávez is elected, the election is not legitimate: "I don't think you can make the same argument now that he has been legitimately elected."

--the way to get support from other countries is to “lock in” free trade agreements

--"The time is ripe for the United States to grow alliances and to put the squeeze on Chavez"


Anonymous,  7:59 AM  

Still worse. This will only backfire and give Chavez another reason to blame the US for all his faults (after eight years is power is kind of hard to keep on blaming things on the opposition).

Justin Delacour 12:44 PM  
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Justin Delacour 12:47 PM  

Mack is on the extreme end of the spectrum, but it is always possible that the Republican Party could cast its ominous gaze to the South (as Reagan did). Fortunately, Cheney doesn't appear to even know which country Chavez governs.

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