Bush's remarks came after Chavez, the leftist leader and friend of Cuba's Fidel Castro, spent the past two days hurling criticism at the United States at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina.
Eyeing three upcoming presidential elections in Latin America, Bush said citizens must choose "between two competing visions" for their future.
One, he said, pursues representative government, integration into the world community and freedom's transformative power for individuals.
"The other seeks to roll back the democratic progress of the past two decades by playing to fear, pitting neighbor against neighbor and blaming others for their own failures to provide for the people," he said. "We must make tough decisions today to ensure a better tomorrow."
So, to reiterate, George W. Bush (whose government was almost certainly behind a coup to overthrow Hugo Chavez, who has been fairly elected three times, twice by huge landslides) favors:
- integration into the world community
- playing on peoples' fear
- pitting neighbor against neighbor
- blaming others for one's own failure
I guess I've been watching a different guy for the last 6 years.