Saturday, April 18, 2009
A socialist love fest
As part of the "kinder, gentler" American foreign policy, we are apparently now going to cozy up to communists and dictators. Here are some quotes from the Yahoo! article
At summit, Obama gets friendly with Chavez
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – President Barack Obama extended a hand of friendship to America's hemispheric neighbors on Saturday at a summit where he offered a new beginning for U.S.-Cuba relations and accepted a book about the exploitation of Latin America from Venezuela's fiery, anti-American leader.
At the Summit of the Americas, Obama signaled he was ready to accept Cuban President Raul Castro's proposal of talks on issues once off-limits for Cuba, including the scores of political prisoners held by the communist government. Some countries at the summit pushed the United States to go further and lift the 47-year-old U.S. trade embargo against the communist nation, which has complicated U.S. relations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
To Latin American nations reeling from a sudden plunge in exports, Obama promised a new hemispheric growth fund, an initiative to increase Caribbean security and a new regional partnership to develop alternative energy sources and fight global warming.
"I have a lot to learn and I very much look forward to listening and figuring out how we can work together more effectively," Obama said.
As the first full day of meetings began on the two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Obama exchanged handshakes and pats on the back with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who once likened President George W. Bush to the devil. In front of photographers, Chavez gave Obama a copy of "The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent," a book by Eduardo Galeano, which chronicles U.S. and European economic and political interference in the region.
He also extended a hand to a leader Ronald Reagan spent years trying to drive from power: Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega. The Sandinista president stepped up and introduced himself, U.S. officials reported.
Yet soon after, Ortega, who was ousted in 1990 elections that ended Nicaragua's civil war but who was returned to power by voters in 2006, delivered a blistering 50-minute speech that denounced capitalism and U.S. imperialism as the root of much hemispheric mischief. The address even recalled the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, though Ortega said the new U.S. president could not be held to account for that.
"I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old," Obama said, to laughter and applause from the other leaders.
Ha ha, that is funny! A guy blasts the United States of America and Obama makes a joke of it. I hardly think that Ronald Reagan would have stood for a dictator mocking this nation. You don't lead the world by bowing to Saudi princes, apologizing for America, shaking hands with dictators like Hugo Chavez and cracking jokes after a man attacks America.
Really, I think Obama already has adequate disdain for America without a book from Hugo Chavez. Grinning like a fool while shaking the hand of a dictator, promising dialogue with a thug like Raul Castro, apologizing for the very existence of America all the way. This is what people wanted? Fawning to communist dictators? Good thing the Soviet Union collapsed, otherwise Obama might have already given them the rest of Europe in the name of global cooperation. Our president is apparently willing to suck up to anyone if it helps push the radical environmentalist agenda and the socialization of the world.
We see at this summit the new face of socialist totalitarianism: Chavez, Raul Castro and Barack Obama,