April 30, 2009
Obama Courts Chavez By Ignoring His Tyranny
Washington Post, Washington Post
ONE OF Venezuela's most important politicians was granted asylum in Peru this week. Manuel Rosales, a former state governor who challenged Hugo ChÃ¡vez in the 2006 presidential election and won election as mayor of Maracaibo last fall, fled the country to avoid imprisonment. He was being prosecuted on dubious corruption charges; the investigation began only after Mr. ChÃ¡vez shouted on television that "I'm going to put you in jail, Rosales!" Mr. Rosales is one of at least seven major ChÃ¡vez opponents, including three of the five opposition state governors, who have been imprisoned or subjected to criminal or tax investigations during the past two months.
It is reasonable to ask how the Obama administration is reacting to this major new campaign against what...
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