Friday, March 08, 2013

Chavez, Castro, the putsch, the push

There is a wonderful irony between Chavez and Castro when it comes to the role of U.S. intervention into their own actions.

Years ago, a young Fidel was in Washington to reassure America that his regime was taking a third way.  And he kinda was, until the Bay of Pigs invasion.  With his regime threatened, he went squarely into the Soviet camp, and the rest is history ("I got hit with a guided muscle").

More recently, Chavez was elected also promising a third way.  He was not a firebrand, but used rhetoric more like Tony Blair.  There are pics of him shaking hands with one President Clinton.  Then there was the 2002 coup against Chavez, and the Bushies recognized the plotters way too quick.  Chavez was never the same.  After that, he became the Leftist firebrand that he was forever known for.

I won't miss Chavez, I thought he was a putz at best.  I think he royally screwed Venezuela, perhaps for years to come. I called him a hijo de puta when he was 20ft from me on live Argentine tv.  His security was not pleased.

But I also recognize the role our meddling has played in shaping the adversaries we face.

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