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June 16, 2009

Obama re Iran not like Bush re Venezuala. Thank Goodness.

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 9:28 am

It seems to me that Obama is doing the right thing by not rushing to laud the guys in the street too publicly, too quickly. Too-early recognition of political changes in foreign countries can be embarrassing. Bush recognized the coup attempt against Chavez in Venezuela before the new regime had solidified power, and when Chavez ultimately emerged triumphant he scored a real victory against the United States in the court of international opinion.

Which is not to say that the United States shouldn’t be involved at some non-public level.

David Schaengold

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