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Speaking of Latin America

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Apparently we’ve decided that Cuba doesn’t have an offensive bio-weapon program. Considering that they’ve been sitting off the coast of Florida for forty-three years and haven’t attacked yet, I’m not convinced that Cuba should have been on our list of concern, anyway.

Via Crooked Timber, Michael Shifter argues in an op-ed that the Bush administration may not be fully consistent in its pursuit of international democracy, especially where Venezuela is concerned. I suppose that you could make the argument that Chavez is less democratic than Putin, but it’s pretty hard. They’ve both pressed forward through more or less constitutional means, and Chavez has neither ordered the arrests of his political opponents nor seized control of state and private media outlets.

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