Assigned Reading: The Possibility of an Obama-Chavez Understanding
(FROM: Talking Points Memo)
The media is full of speculation about President Obama’s deft “deflection” against President Hugo Chavez’ maneuvering and finger-pointing in the Honduras crisis. But another narrative is possible, of an undisclosed new diplomatic collaboration replacing the constant tensions and CIA foreknowledge of the brief 2002 coup against the Venezuelan leader.
It is too early to define a new era, but something profoundly new began developing between Obama and Chavez at the hemispheric conference in April in Trinidad.
According to eyewitness sources, under the apparently blind eye of the global media, the two leaders had lengthy conversations. The media covered the friendly photo of the initial handshake between the two leaders, then made much ado about an apparently-impertinent Chavez handing Obama a book in Spanish by Eduardo Galleano.
What has not been reported is that Obama, leaving his advisers behind, held lengthy private conversations with Chavez where only an interpreter was present.
I don’t know why this is such a surprise to so many people. I’d be willing to wager that most of the American left has an “understanding” with Hugo Chavez — they just haven’t had the chance to meet him yet.
See, it goes exactly to what I have written about Barack Obama’s justice-driven approach to foreign policy. He is a Marxist at heart — it shows in his upbringing, it shows in his associations in later life, and it shows in his tendencies as leader of the free world. To Barack Obama, government control is justice. The people aren’t capable of choosing for themselves, whether it be vehicles, or healthcare, or anything else; the answer lies in greater government, only through government can the rich become poor and the poor become more dependent upon government.
Is it any wonder that he was so hesitant to side with the people in the recent protests in Iran? Or that he was so quick to support the ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras after his failed attempt at expanding government control? Perhaps that’s also why Obama has no problem disarming existing American nuclear systems and delivery systems in exchange for the Russians doing the same for either defunct systems or systems not yet in production — while at the same time handcuffing our missile defense program, all in the face of nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran.
Of course there’s an “understanding” between Chavez and Obama. To Chavez, the United States of America is “the Devil.” To Obama, it’s an arrogant superpower that deserves to be knocked down a peg. The difference between the two leaders, one a dictator and the other an aspiring monarch, is little more than a matter of rhetoric.