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Howard Dean: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/1/8/163435/3072

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Remember when Kerry sided with the Venezuelan elites during the 2004 Presidential campaign? Remember how much flak Kerry caught from progressives for parroting the lies of the Bush dictatorship? We now have Howard Dean following in his footsteps:


CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER

Interview With Shimon Peres; Interview With Benjamin Netanyahu

Aired January 8, 2006 - 11:00 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DEAN: Look at what's happening in Latin America. This president, while saying that he wants to further democracy and capitalism, is driving people in the opposite direction.

We need real leadership in this country and we don't have it right now.

BLITZER: Are you blaming the president on the elections in Bolivia or on the elections in Venezuela? Is that what you're saying?

DEAN: We had an enormous opportunity, when this president took office, and he said he was going to reach out to Latin America. Instead, he has turned them off. He's been high-handed with them; he's rejected them.

He's ignored the economic plight of their folks. And so, we're getting something that I think most Americans wish we didn't have, which is left-leading regimes in these places. We need a president who will work constructively and cooperatively with our allies around the world so that we really can move capitalism and democracy further into the world and not turn off people. When you turn people off, as the most powerful nation in the world, they are obviously going to do something that is not in our best interest. And that's exactly what's going on right now.


Wonder why the Dems are so spineless? Essentially, they are no different than the Republicans. The only thing they disagree on is the initiation of agenda. Republicans favor a type of international "military Keynesianism" where as Democrats favor more low-key influence through globalism.


I think this poster hit the nail on the head:

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"And so, we're getting something that I think most Americans wish we didn't have, which is left-leading regimes in these places." --Howard Dean

Hunh?! Hello, Earth to Howard Dean! Those "left-leading" (left-leaning?) "regimes" are democratically elected governments which have the support of the majority of the populations in those countries. It's called democracy Howard, look it up!

Does Dean think most Americans wish those countries didn't have democracy? Is he really so boneheaded ignorant?

"so that we really can move capitalism and democracy further into the world and not turn off people."

WTF does that even mean?! Hey Howard, check out the history of Latin America and the Carribean and how the US has "moved capitalism and democracy" into those regions in the last couple centuries and you may get an idea of why the people down there are "turned off".

I really like Howard Dean. I voted for him in the primary and even campaigned for the guy. I've stood behind every critcism he's leveled against the Repulicans and the president.

But this......this is just ignorant, stupid, condecending gringo arrogance!

Maybe Howard should stick to commenting on domestic policy. This is ridiculous.

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You need to go back to 19th century and then move forward to understand how the USA has "moved" "democracy" and "capitalism" into Latin America and the Caribbean.

It's not Republican vs. Democrat. Every president has supported and abetted US corporate exploitation/predation of Latin America and the Caribbean.

FDR was no less guilty of that than Eisenhower for instance. Nixon, no more than LBJ for another.

Gringo exploitation of the peoples of those regions is non-partisan. In fact it's so much a part of our history that even people like Dean are comfortable in speaking about our neighbors to the south as if they are just ignorant, angry little children who need us (US) to help raise them up and make them more complete....more like us.

It's sad really.
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