Since the Bush Administration launched a misguided war in Iraq, its policy in the Americas has been negligent toward our friends, ineffective with our adversaries, disinterested in the challenges that matter in peoples’ lives, and incapable of advancing our interests in the region.
No wonder, then, that demagogues like Hugo Chavez have stepped into this vacuum. His predictable yet perilous mix of anti-American rhetoric, authoritarian government, and checkbook diplomacy offers the same false promise as the tried and failed ideologies of the past.
(Emphasis mine.) (Via LGF.)
So, Hugo Chavez stepped into the vacuum created by the war in Iraq, did he? Neat trick, since Chavez was elected in December 1998 and the war in Iraq began in March 2003.
POSTSCRIPT: I’m sure the Obama spin will be that Chavez didn’t fully step into the vacuum until later (when the vacuum existed), so let’s look at a few more dates: Chavez took office in February 1999. He amended the constitution in December 1999. He was re-elected in July 2000. Shortly thereafter, he was given the power to rule by decree. Surely even the spin doctors will admit Chavez was fully in power by the time he became a dictator.
POST-POSTSCRIPT: Speaking of neglect toward our friends in the Americas, how about the Democrats killing the free-trade pact with Colombia for no reason whatsoever?