June 10, 2008
President Stuns World, Admits Error

Chávez Goes Over the Line, and Realizes It reads the headline in today’s Times. Substitute Bush for Chávez and the sentence loses all meaning. For Heaven’s sake, Hugo, try to be a little more presidential and a little less democratic.

President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela started this month as the most prominent political supporter of Colombia’s largest rebel group and a fierce defender of his own overhaul of his nation’s intelligence services. But in the space of a few hours over the weekend, he confounded his critics by switching course on both contentious policies.

In doing so, Mr. Chávez displayed a willingness for self-reinvention that has served him well in times of crisis throughout his long political career. Time and again, he has gambled by pushing brash positions and policies, then shifted to a more moderate course when the consequences seemed too dire…

The law would have forced judges in Venezuela to support the intelligence services and required citizens to cooperate with community-monitoring groups, provoking widespread fears that the government wanted to follow Cuba in creating a societywide network of informants whose main purpose was to nip antigovernment activities in the bud.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 10, 2008 08:49 AM
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My compatriot Hugo Chávez has done much less damage to my (second) country than any of his predecessors for more than a hundred years.

So, though I don't like his kind (he reminds me of Mussolini, in a way), I cannot but support him.

Posted by: Peter on June 10, 2008 1:04 PM

Remember when Bush tried to overthrow him? The Latin version of the Brooks Brothers riot?

And he sends heating oil to keep the U.S. poor warm in the winter, while Bush keeps trying to delete LIHEAP from the budget.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on June 11, 2008 1:19 AM
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