Bolivia, Venezuela: “Where is Washington's Counter-Offer?”

Adam Isacson compares what the U.S. has offered Evo Morales in aid and assistance compared to the offer of Hugo Chavez's Venezuela and concludes that the United States is making a foreign affairs folly by not embracing Morales’ moderate side.


  • That Hugo Chavez is Evo Morale’s mentor comes to no surprise. Hugo Chavez and perennial dictator Fidel Castro have groomed Morales for long time, and Chavez has invested million of Venezuelan petrodollars in the Bolivian leader. But Chavez´s protectorate of Evo Morales is showing to be a bit obsessive. After their last summit in Venezuela he provided Morales with a complimentary armed security force to escort him all the way to Spain.

    Spanish authorities where dismayed when they met the armed guard in Madrid. The bodyguards where allowed to enter Spain under two conditions, no weapons and no accompanying Morales.

  • Should the U.S. be in the business of buying friends? I am starting to wonder. The other thing I ask is: what moderate side? I don’t think Morales has any moderate side other than economic reality. Let economic reality temper him and then we’ll either see a ‘moderate’ side or a different leader. Right now Hugo Chavez’s ‘money-for-nothin” has little to do with economic reality or conditions tomorrow. High oil prices don’t stay high forever. Sometimes they go down to $8 a barrel. Then what?

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