Oh ... Really?

Damned if we do, damned if we don’t

Just what the hell DO they want?!

Leftists in Uruguay oppose Bush's visit. Some in Latin America still blame Washington for tolerating brutal military governments such as the Argentina's dictatorship of 1976-83, when thousands of dissidents disappeared.

They remain wary of what they see as imperialistic tendencies in other parts of the world, such as Iraq.

Someone explain the logic of holding these same two views to me please. We were supposed to intervene with their brutal dictators, but not Iraq's?

White House press secretary Tony Snow said Thursday that while it is tough to ignore Chavez' verbal jousts, Bush was concentrating on his meetings with more like-minded counterparts.

"I know you want to make this trip about Chavez," Snow told reporters aboard Air Force One as it flew to Uruguay. "It's not."

On Friday night, Chavez led a two-hour anti-Bush rally attended by nearly 20,000 people at a soccer stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He called Bush a "political cadaver" and said he was on his way to becoming "cosmic dust."

"I believe the chief objective of the Bush trip is to try to scrub clean the face of the empire in Latin America. But it's too late," Chavez said on Argentine state television before the rally.

Meanwhile, Chavez continues to pitch his little temper tantrum ... "It's all about MEEEEEEE!"

Imperialism ... empire ... he keeps using those words. I do not think they mean what he thinks they mean. Someone send the poor man a dictionary and a history book.

Posted by LissaKay on 03/10/07 at 01:56 PM in Our World
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Losing all that money in the .com burst --- where several Latin American leaders were having their treasury departments invest in American Stock Markets --- certainly didn't do much for foreign policy. Of course, we only had Mr. Bill to thank for that... But I'm pretty sure the fake stock market wasn't anything to do with Bush...
Posted by Mark Steel on 03/10 at 02:36 PM
I don't think anyone understands what Imperialism actually is, nor do they really care - it's a convenient term nations, dissidents and naysayers trot out whenever the US flexes its muscles and actually tries to do some good around the world but not enough to their liking. And, of course, it's used enough so everyone else is at least suspicious.

They actually believe the US intervened in Iraq to conquer and keep the country, expanding our territory and domain in the form of an Empire. Well thought out positions, those dissidents. But then they're Uraguayan leftists, what do you expect?

Posted by Barry on 03/10 at 09:01 PM
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