Monday, April 20, 2009

Barack Obama shakes hands with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela

Strange questions were asked by reporters of Barack Obama after he shook hands with Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. He was asked what the political fall-out will be that he actually shook hands with Chavez. What... is that about? I am sure neocons and blabbermouths like Rush Limbaugh will criticize him. The same Limbaugh who praised Obama one day for ordering navy seals to shoot and kill the pirates to rescue captain Richard Phillips and the second day Rush babbled that only a black president named Barack Hussein Obama could order the shooting of Somali teenage Muslims and get away with it. He added that hell would have broken lose if the same was done by a white President. Hey Rushy, Bush ordered the killing of Muslim Iraqi teenagers, children, and woman by the ten of thousands.

I think it will be great to have better relations between the United States and Latin American countries, including Venezuela. And overtures which the Obama administration is making towards Cuba are encouraging too. Over half a century of sanctions against Cuba did not work and Castro was always successful and with impunity thumbed nose at successive US Presidents. Give diplomacy a chance.

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