Barack Obama offers a lesson for Republicans. Small affronts and missteps are seen as evidence of inexperience. Large affronts and missteps are the policy of change.
His willingness to cozy up to Venezuelan leftist Hugo Chavez, schmoozing at the Summit of the Americas, while accepting a book from Chavez explaining how Europe and the U.S. had messed it up in Latin America. The little revolutionary, thus, elevated himself not just to equal, but to instructor to pupil Obama.
That’s an opening Obama provided by suggesting abroad that the pre-Obama America has gotten it all wrong and that he’s the change they want. It’s an approach, a new foreign policy, that levels the players and invites the likes of Chavez, the Castro brothers, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Il and others down to active terrorists to test him.
Accepting a book –”The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,” by Eduardo Galeana – may seem inconsequential. But it’s an