What kind of message do you think this sends?
White House press secretary Jay Carney congratulated the Venezuelan people on their recent election, despite exit polls showing the opposition to President Hugo Chavez winning.
“We have our differences with President Chavez,” Carney told reporters traveling on Air Force One. “But we congratulate the Venezuelan people,”
We officially, from the White House, congratulated the people of Venezuelan people on again electing Hugo Chavez. Who’s Hugo Chavez:
This from The Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chavez and the War Against America:
A chilling account of Hugo Chávez’s shadow war on the United States
The American government has shrugged off South American politics for nearly forty years. In the meantime, our neighbor to the south has grown into an unprecedented threat. Hugo Chávez, the current president of Venezuela and a self-proclaimed enemy of the United States, commands what even Osama bin Laden only dreams of — but few Americans see him as a true danger to this country. This book argues that we should.
Chávez has the means and the motivation to harm the United States in a way that few other countries can, and he has declared an “asymmetric war” against America. He runs a sovereign nation that is the fourth largest supplier of oil to the United States. He enjoys annual windfall oil profits that equal the net worth of Bill Gates. He has more modern weapons than anyone in Latin America. He has strategic alliances with Iran, North Korea, and other enemies of America, yet he has duped many Americans — from influential political and cultural leaders to ordinary citizens who benefit from his oil largess through his state-owned oil company — into believing that he is a friend.
And our White House congratulates the Venezuelan people on re-electing this crumb bum. What kind of message does that send to not only Venezuela, but the rest of the world?