Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Chavez and Noriega -- An Object Lesson
Venezuelan would-be dictator Hugo Chavez manages to irritate quite a few people these days. He loves to tweak the United States, especially President Bush. He hob-nobs with Fidel Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and anyone else known as enemies of America. Now he's inviting the Russians to make some mischief in the Western Hemisphere. A very interesting guy. As tempted as I am to make a really snide remark in his direction, I'll withhold it for the time being. Instead, I'll offer him a bit of friendly advice.
I would advise Mr. Chavez to remember what happened with another tinpot dictator who thought he could make trouble in our direction with impunity. His name is Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama. Mr. Noriega shook his fists in the air and beat on his chest one too many times. We deposed him and and planted his pockmarked derriere in a Florida prison.
Food for thought.