Wednesday, August 15, 2007

This is a disaster for democracy and freedom

President Hugo Chavez has announced plans to change to Venezuela's constitution, allowing him to remain in power indefinitely.

I don't have much insight on this except to say that I remember when President Bush was pushing democracy promotion as the keystone of his foreign policy. It seemed like such a wonderful departure from the "my dictator" realpolitik of the 20th century. However, like everything this President has touch, it has become an utter failure.

Can the next President continue with the Bush doctrine of democracy promotion? Is this a failure because of Bush's inability to effectively manage anything or is "democracy promotion" just fatally flawed as a foreign policy?