What is Obama to Brothers Chavez and Ahmadinejad?
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela received on Tuesday, November 24, in Caracas, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At a state reception with full military honors and pomp, Chavez used three words to characterize Ahmadinejad, each with pause for applause: “Leader. Brother. Comrade.”
It is one thing for the Obama Administration to embroil itself into hot-button domestic disputes regarding health care or cap and trade. One may oppose or support those issues with varying degrees of vociferous rhetoric and I am certain this will be the hallmark of this president’s tenure.
But it is another, when thuggish leaders like Chavez and Ahmadinejad get together in our neighborhood and with Chavez praising his “brother, who is resisting like a mountain the intentions of imperialism and colonialism.” There is of course only one country that fits Chavez’ insinuation, the United States. And the recipient of Chavez adulation, Ahmadinejad, is a bona fide international pariah with nuclear ambitions and brutal suppression of his own people. His detractors span the entire world, not just merely the United States.
The impunity of the Caracas meeting, its rhetoric and the lack of reaction from Washington speak volumes of the US President’s inclinations. We are not talking here about domestic disputes that honest and well meaning people may disagree over. We are talking about the very prestige, influence and power of the United States. At the least, Chavez feels safe to mouth his anti-Americanism which is the sole reason of his kinship with somebody like Ahmadinejad. At worse, one could think that the President may have a soft spot for the international version of Jeremiah Wright.