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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:07 AM
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Obama defends greeting Hugo Chavez
Source: LA Times

The president says Americans want him to interact with foreign leaders and that the U.S. has nothing to fear from Venezuela. He stresses importance of collaboration and earning goodwill.

Reporting from Tobago and Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad -- Rebuffing criticism of the warm greetings he exchanged with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, President Obama said Sunday that the United States, with its overwhelming military superiority and need to improve its global image, could afford to extend such diplomatic "courtesy."

In a news conference capping a three-day meeting of leaders from the Western Hemisphere, Obama also said the U.S. must engage other countries through humanitarian gestures, not only military intervention.

Obama said it would be a mistake to measure the Summit of the Americas by the specific agreements reached. By listening to his counterparts and eschewing heavy-handed diplomacy, he said, he was creating an atmosphere in which, "at the margins," foreign leaders are "more likely to want to cooperate than not cooperate."



Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-oba...
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:10 AM
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1. He shouldn't have to defend himself for doing what is essentially his job.
Edited on Mon Apr-20-09 09:10 AM by Heidi
What if every world leader who found Bush repugnant had refused to deal with the US at all?

Edited for spelling.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:11 AM
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True. nt
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:28 AM
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8. My EXACT thought
When I saw the title of the OP. I guess after the last eight years it IS news when the President actually does his job.
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LakeSamish706 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:10 AM
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2. I don't know why he feels he has to defend this at all... This is pure bullshit of the...
highest order.... President Chavez was elected by the people of Venezuela, end of story.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:12 AM
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4. I think he is trying to make it a "teachable moment". nt
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ro1942 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 10:21 AM
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13. chavez
couldn't we learn a few things from chavez
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 10:24 AM
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14. I don't think that is the issue.
Edited on Mon Apr-20-09 10:25 AM by bemildred
The President of the USA ought not be seen to be afraid to talk to anyone. It looks bad.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 04:45 PM
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18. I don't think the corporate powers that be want American presidents
Edited on Mon Apr-20-09 04:46 PM by EFerrari
talking to their enemies. Chavez isn't OUR enemy but he sure is the enemy of Big Oil. And he's supporting Ecuador and Bolivia and others in gainng their independent from vampires. That's why he's dangerous.

And that's why every time Obama is seen developing an independent line of communication with him, Obama will be slammed.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 05:15 PM
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19. Right, the President is an employee, their employee. So also with Congress.
He talks to the right people, it's OK. He talks to the wrong people, it's "unwise" or "irresponsible". Some Congresspersons talk to approved people, it's OK, they talk to unapproved people, it's "meddling in foreign policy" and "usurping the Presidents prerogative to conduct foreign policy".

And all along, it's them that's meddling with things that are not their prerogative.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 05:18 PM
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20. Exactly. Once you figure that out, it's an easy matter
to google the biggest loudmouths and to find their interest in trying to shut down dialog.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:11 AM
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3. No, trying to rule the world with an iron fist has worked out so well for us.
:sarcasm:


Obama needs to tell the critics of diplomacy in no uncertain terms to stick it.
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:20 AM
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6. Yes. Trying to rule the world with a velvet glove is better, more acceptable.
Putting a smiley face on imperialism is so much more desirable.

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ronnie624 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 10:37 AM
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15. A sense of exceptionalism is deeply embedded in the American psyche,
and is regularly reinforced by exposure to pop media. Relating to other nations from a position of dominance is 'just the way it is' for most Americans, it seems.
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utahmink Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:17 AM
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5. Pres O meeting Chavez
Repugnants are upset because O's joy buzzer didn't work when shaking hands with Chavez - darn!
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:26 AM
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7. As part of a multi-lateral conference, it is appropriate. nt
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captainjack08 Donating Member (137 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:31 AM
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9. Obama shakes hands Bush holds hands...
Edited on Mon Apr-20-09 09:37 AM by captainjack08






Are women in Venezuela forced to dress like this?

Chavez is a worse dictator than the Saudis?

I don't think so.

Stuff a sock in it Newt Gingrich you smelly old dinosaur.
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:40 AM
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10. With these news we are going to end bipolar
one day it's reported that shaking hands it's a positive sign but before accusing the other side of dictators and promoters of terrorism
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:47 AM
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11. i'm glad the era of cowboy diplomacy is over....
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 09:49 AM
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12. OMG, Obama once again proves he has a brain!!
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 04:37 PM
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16. Why is Obama always on the defense? The Repukes and the M$M always seem to be get out
in front of the message. The Dems just sit back, allowing themselves to be fucked and not doing or saying anything until it's too late.

Today's faux outrage over the meeting with "our enemies" is working. Even many Democrats are complaining that Obama is "too soft". WHY!!??!? WHY won't the Democrats control the message...just once!!
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 11:47 PM
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22. Because the Repiggies Own the Media


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 04:43 PM
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17. Doesn't Obama know Chavez stole our oil? What was he thinking!
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Dramarama Donating Member (544 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 08:35 PM
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21. "Kids, this is what adults do when they
meet someone, even if they disagree with them"
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friendly_iconoclast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-21-09 12:31 AM
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23. Didn't he know Chavez is really Lamont Cranston, the Shadow?
He has the power to cloud men's minds!

Give me a fucking break...
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Sharklive6 Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-21-09 04:21 AM
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24. silly
Its silly so many got upset over a little handshake
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-21-09 05:27 AM
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25. I don't know how
many of you know this, but it is a strange coincidence that Venezuela's entire team of polo horses was wiped out on Sunday. 21 horses dropped dead, practically in their tracks. A quick visual search did not bring up this story, but it is front page news here in Florida. Venezuela is a contender for the championship and they were supposed to play Sunday when all their horses dropped within minutes of each other. It had to be deliberate as no other horses were affected. Hundreds of horses are stabled in the area. If it wasn't deliberate, it is the strangest "disease" ever. Horse people must be petrified.
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