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President Obama does -- mean he is reaching out to Cuba and Venezuela.
The president shaking hands with.
His -- -- counterpart Hugo -- it that Atlanta Americans found that the president says.
He -- other countries will be more interested in cooperating with us -- the US is seen quote.
As a force for good -- quote.
What judging from what Chavis has said in the past President Obama.
Hasn't work -- out for him Chavis has said the US government.
Is that quote most avid cruel and murderous empire that has existed in the history.
Of the world.
How and that capitalism will lead to this destruction of humanity the US is the -- -- that represents.
Double -- Chavis is also -- in the past every day US imperialism is surpassed by its own in more reality.
Well out of examined mr.
Obama's belief that we can indeed change that -- and I've been seen as a force for good at reaching out to our enemies.
Basically essentially turn -- to friend from follow.
Will these overtures to Cuba and then a -- -- be good for American business -- world those countries still think China and Russia as their natural friends.
John Wright is Latin America editor for energy news today he joins us on the telephone.
And asked -- represented in the Cotter is Chiming in on this topic to.
So about let's start on the telephone our guest on the telephone John right.
John -- Sammy people who are debating should the president had been so.
Welcome mean in warm.
Two the Venezuelan president.
Or did that make him look weak in some -- is some people -- -- boy it that it hurt.
Strategically some now.
Well one thing you've got to keep in mind with president Chavez is very color always very erratic and boy oh boy he sure loved to talk -- keep in mind it off once held at the Pope.
They've -- a king or a King Juan Carlos of Spain Billy you know it's not just the -- -- he's picking on he is an equal opportunity and Alter.
I doubt whether or not.
If President Obama extending his hand to him gives him more power I don't think so I think it diminishes -- our.
Actually -- -- the world that it diminishes party of the world leader the number wind the head honcho there shaking hands of the terrorist thug dictator like shot -- let me take -- -- the bouncing ball.
Ahmadinejad in Iran today says -- real racist regime.
They are the do you -- buddies with Chavez Chavez now shakes hands with our president not good so I don't know how does anything other than legitimize a thug.
Well I don't think.
Eat very they're very people in the world to believe anything they have what mr.
out -- didn't sense that so I I don't think he's a very credible -- confirmation.
I'm so they don't believe Chavez and they don't get believe that it got we -- and -- we -- -- -- Anger resentment card to talk us through it a little bit I don't wanna look a while this is open some sort of a partisan type of thing -- we're going to you know -- exactly I don't want to make it.
Bush vs Obama policies but talk about should we be open with these guys or should we be closed off on a principal kind of global.
Well here it will be -- not just 12 I'm gonna represented on this one.
-- you have to start from the promise that as mr.
Chavez not just -- personality contest he's not just an -- clown he's actually very skilled politician.
Is busy destroying democracy in Venezuela he's busy inviting Russian fleets to come visit.
He's working with the Cubans to continue to expand tyranny within Latin America he's working with -- -- to bring.
Iranian influence in the Latin America.
You can vote I don't think you would expect the question.
But the reality is is the president United States represents the greatest -- from all over the world -- ever know which is our free republic.
Are consistent support for the freedom of other individuals under groups to free market and our very own liberty here at home.
And I think that mr.
Chavez is simply a clown -- can be dealt with -- -- pathetically opposed to the very concept that make us free people.
There's a very gross mischaracterization.
And a very dangerous.
Congressman I had posted this on my FaceBook pages trying to see what people out there at bottom -- -- people you know and talking others as well they -- -- let's almost like.
You know -- during the Soviet air when you had Gorbachev reaching out and Reagan reaching out the two.
The big biggest foes if there ever work and people were criticizing them at the time yet look what happened.
But -- remember when Ronald Reagan took office he was considered a nuclear cowboys his active rejection of daytime with the Soviet Union in the rejection of moral equivalency.
Gorbachev was brought to the table in a position to negotiate the Soviet Union surrender to the United States in the forces of freedom.
This wasn't just two guys -- and -- up and rid of it they became again.
And United States is interest were -- -- -- forward in a position where the Soviet Union had no opportunity but capitulation before the forces of freedom it wasn't just here.
Jimmy Carter having -- -- Brezhnev.
John real quickly don't have much time here we had Bob -- -- one of the show's early he said.
That encounter wouldn't have taken place that handshake would have taken place if the Obama administration chose not to have it happen they didn't.
They had to be aware that that may have gone down do you agree or disagree.
I suppose -- we also have to keep in mind that the very first Latin American leaders that person Obama that -- it.
Were Lula of Brazil and cauldron of Mexico so -- that those weren't just you know I can't shake those were real meeting and those were.
Very substantive issues that he discussed -- Leaders -- are much more pragmatic and much more centrist so.
You know Venezuela is -- -- country -- hurt more from from the -- they're turning away from the United States then.
The United States the -- because the United States buys oil from other -- countries.
Chavez went with -- fiery rhetoric ends up selling oil to places like China which it end up losing a lot of money for him he has done right.
-- thank you I got catch up we're going to break the Latin America editor for energy use today along with big daddy.
But because they they wrote that in there -- represent -- in the -- in the house that's -- joining.
Landed there unbelievable that they -- -- code and they go.
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