How many times does this have to be said?
The right is, as usual, gnashing its teeth over Hugo Chavez and the protests against Bush in Argentina. But let’s step back for a moment: how far have we fallen when a leftist Latin American strongman is more persuasive in the international arena than the freaking President of the United States?This has been said about a billion times now, but apparently some people still haven't gotten the picture, even those who are supposed to be up on these things.
Whatever you think of him, Hugo Chavez is not a 'strongman' or a dictator. He is the democratically elected leader of the Venezuelan government. Can everybody please get this through their friggin' heads?
I mean, I realize he has a Spanish surname and is from one of those dirty, backwards little countries that most people probably couldn't point out on a map, but believe it or not, not every Central and South American nation is a banana republic. Hard to believe, I know, but true nonetheless.