It was only a month ago when I posted "Birds of a Feather" regarding Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez's trip to Iran. Ten days earlier, he was in China promising to help the Chinese drill for oil in all those sensitive environmental areas that the lefties would forbid the U.S. from expoiting. The week before that, he was at the bedside of his master, Fidel Castro.
Next stop on his "Hate America Tour" is Syria. After meeting with Assad, he seeks the nearest microphone quicker than Jesse "Shakedown" Jackson to pass out the latest Marxist talking points and spew out vitriol against the United States: "We want to cooperate to build a new world where states' and people's self-determination are respected."
Notice the primary emphasis on the "state's" right to self determination is place above that of the people. There's quite a large political movement in Venezuela who are being sytematically denied their right to "people's self determination."
From Haaretz: Chavez said he and Syria shared a "decisive and firm" stance against "imperialism" and American attempts for "domination."Anyone else get the idea that Hugo is out to play "big macho man" in the "Hate America" coalition? Where's he off to next? North Korea? He's spent so little time in Venezuela lately I'm surprised the massive oppressed democratic resistance hasn't launched a coup.
Chavez has built close ties with Iran, Syria and other Mideast countries while his relations have grown tense with the U.S. and Israel.
Earlier this month, he compared Israel Defense Forces attacks on Hezbollah militants in Lebanon to the Holocaust and withdrew Venezuela's ambassador to Israel. Israel responded by recalling its ambassador to Venezuela, criticizing what it called Chavez's "one-sided policy" and "wild slurs."
As we did in Bird's of a Feather, Chavez posing next to the worlds most evil despots reminds us of another famous power couple.