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In Argentina, Obama Is Doing the Right Thing
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  • qet

    Obviously the US was wrong to use its imperialtastic hegemonity to support anti-communist military types who perpetrated atrocities against their own citizens because there is no example in history of a communist government perpetrating atrocities against its own citizens.

    • Tom

      The problem was that, all too often, the “anti-communist” grandees tagged anyone who wanted to change the feudalistic status quo as a communist.
      Not to say that there weren’t a lot of communists who would’ve done the same and worse, just saying that there were third options.

      • qet

        In theory there were 3rd, 4th, 5th and sixth options. In reality, every country in Asia, Africa and South America was caught between the US and the USSR, making for only two practical options. As for changing the feudalistic status quo, that is precisely what the Bolsheviks did, with results that have not exactly stood the test of time.

  • Fat_Man
  • Pait

    Expect the usual crowd to say that, because Obama is visiting Argentina, in retrospect the murderous dictators did nothing wrong.

  • delta 5297

    “And most Americans would agree with President Obama that the best way to treat blowhard Latin populists and anti-American demagogues like Nicaragua’s Ortega and Ecuador’s Correa is with serenity and calm.”

    Tell that to Bush, Rubio, and the rest of the “OMIGAWD OBAMA LOVES LEFT-WING DICTATORS AND WON’T STAND UP FOR FREEDOM” crowd.

    • Dale Fayda

      However, in Obama’s case, the modus operandi is to genuflect to the anti-American demagogues, while at the same time legitimizing them and supporting them financially (see Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras). Being a leftist, Obama’s reflexive support and admiration for them is the default reaction. To the likes of Obama, “freedom” mainly means destroying the existing social order and replacing them with leftist abominations like gay “marriage”, gender identity and “gun control”.

  • qet

    For a blowhard (a term more appropriately applied to the Hannitys and O’Reillys of the world), Ortega sure managed to do a lot of damage: From Wikipedia:

    “The Sandinista government implemented a policy of forced conscription for all men aged 17 to 35. The Sandinistas used this army to help guerrilla groups throughout Central America. Ortega pursued a policy of centrally planned economy and nationalization. Ortega took a very hard line against opposition to his policies: On 21 February 1981, the Sandinista army killed 7 Miskito Indians and wounded 17. Forced displacement has also been documented to have occurred with the native population: 10,000 individuals had been moved by 1982. Thousands of Indians took refuge in Honduras and 14,000 were imprisoned in Nicaragua. Anthropologist Gilles Bataillon termed this “politics of ethnocide” in Nicaragua. The Indians formed two rebel groups – the Misura and Misurasata. They were joined in the north by Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN) and in the south by former Sandinistas and peasantry who under the leadership of Edén Pastora were resisting forced collectivization.”

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Obama like the Latin cultures, never take responsibility for their own mistakes and failures. And because of this fact, they never engage in the self examination needed to learn from them. So we see Obama agreeing with Castro in blaming America for the failures of Communism, despite the fact that Leftist Ideology has always failed everywhere it has been tried, and America isn’t responsible for the leftist failures.

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