Saturday, September 27, 2008

The debate and Latin America

Latin America came up briefly:

Senator Obama twice said in debates he would sit down with Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Raul Castro without precondition. Without precondition.

Two quick thoughts. First, McCain could not pronounce Ahmadinejad or Chavez (sha-VEZ) and he mangled the former in all new ways. Second, no matter how much you may hate Chavez, he was elected freely and fairly, and Venezuela should not be lumped in with Iran or even Cuba.

I was also glad to hear Obama zing McCain for the nonsensical interview in which he said he wouldn't meet with Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain, who he apparently believed was some sort of Latin American enemy.

He even said the other day that he would not meet potentially with the prime minister of Spain, because he -- you know, he wasn't sure whether they were aligned with us. I mean, Spain? Spain is a NATO ally.
McCain didn't respond to that.


Anonymous,  9:31 AM  

Obama also referred to Venezuela as a "rogue state" alongside Iran and North Korea. A little much, no?

Greg Weeks 10:06 AM  

Yes, but not quite as bad as suggesting that Spain is an enemy.

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