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Foreign policy that assumes EVERYONE is stupid

Regardless of what you may think about Venezuela and Chavez, you can’t fault him for wanting his country to not be under the thumb of the U.S., nor is his claim far-fetched that the DEA agents that he kicked out were spying for the U.S.
But this is what happens when you try to prevent the U.S. from pushing its drug war down everyone’s throat:

White House drug czar John Walters said Tuesday that Venezuela President Hugo Chavez’ policies toward the cocaine trade represents a “global threat” that puts Europe, especially, at risk.

That’s right, he’s claiming that Chavez is a danger to Europe because he isn’t doing a good enough job preventing cocaine from Colombia from getting through.
Cocaine from Colombia, that the U.S. has been spending billions of dollars spraying, eradicating, interdicting and preventing from leaving Columbia in our supposedly “successful” war against drugs there, is pouring out of the country in such massive quantities that the amount making its way via Venezuela is a threat to Europe. And that’s Chavez’s fault. And, of course, the only way to solve that is to let the U.S. drug war apparatus, that couldn’t stop the cocaine from leaving Colombia to begin with, run things for Chavez in Venezuela.
Right.

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