'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Gee, I Wonder Where This is Going... 

Via Oil Wars, Rumsfeld compares Chavez to Hitler:

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that the rise of elected populist leaders in Latin America like Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez was "worrisome".

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington at about the same time that Chavez announced the expulsion of the US naval attache in Caracas for spying, Rumsfeld said the emergence of populist leaders through elections in Latin American was "worrisome."

"You've got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money," he said. "He's a person who was elected legally just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally."

"And then (he) has consolidated power. And now of course is working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr Morales and others," Rumsfeld said, said referring to Evo Morales, Bolivia's new socialist president.

These guys, Bush, Rumsfeld, etc., are such caricatures that it's hard to take their words seriously. The Bush administration would like it very much if the definition of the word "democratic" was "supporting American interests" unfortunately it is not.

In the last eight years, Chavez has won two elections by huge margins, survived a coup backed by the most powerful nation in the world, and beat a recall by a landslide. He has probably been ratified by more democratic process than any other currently serving world leader. Despite the best efforts of the lovers of democracy to the north, Chavez presides over a Venezuela that is experiencing record growth and he polls in the range of 70% to 80% approval.

Sure sounds like Hitler to me.

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