Before the read one erudite commenter on the Post page is worth pasting here:
10:28 AM EDT
Eureka! Have we lost South America? No, because we never OWNED South America contrary to decades of US foreign policy. Venezuela has 100 years worth of oil? And isn’t playing patty-cake with Uncle Sam? Be careful-the US has overthrown duly-elected governments for less. The rabid right demonizes Chavez in typical knee-jerk fashion because he’s (pardon the profanity) a socialist. He must have stole the election they will say. But maybe the people LIKE that 43 per cent of the state budget goes for social programs. Maybe they like that unemployment went down from 20+ per cent to less than 7 per cent. Maybe they like that 22 public universities were built in the past 10 years. Maybe they like that teachers have gone from 65,000 to 350,000 and illiteracy has been eradicated. Maybe people LIKE for the wealth of the nation to benefit the citizens of that nation instead of a tiny group of economic royalty. Best wishes to Venezuela and South America.
We couldn’t have said it better. With 80% of the population turning out, Chavez must have been using his Super-Socialist mind control skillz.
From the Washington Post:
Juan Forero, Published: October 7