April 22, 2009
Fist Bumping with Despots
Ben Domenech, The New Ledger
There have been three incidents of note in the past week apotheosizing the delicate position President Barack Obama inhabits on the international stage. The first was his Justice Department’s release of the memos detailing the CIA’s methods of torture applied to prisoners; the second, his State Department’s decision to boycott the United Nations’ World Conference against Racism; and the third — the one that has received the most attention over the weekend — his brief interactions at the Summit of the Americas with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Taken together, these events depict a young president struggling to find his course in a storm of global crises.
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