Obama Ready to Tell Chavez U.S., Venezuela Should Shelve 'Old Arguments'
MEXICO CITY -- There's nothing "on the schedule" when it comes to a possible meeting at the Summit of the Americas between President Obama and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, but the president's ready tell Chavez the two nations should put aside "old arguments."
With the summit beginning Friday, Dan Restrepo, the president's top Western Hemisphere adviser on the National Security Council, told FOX News Obama might cross paths with Chavez.
"A chance encounter if it occurs," Restrepo said, in describing such a meeting, before launching into what sounded like Obama's pre-planned pitch. "Let's put the animosities behind us. Let's not have old arguments.
"Let's not have tired ideological arguments. Let's get down to figuring out how we can advance things that are in our national interest. Things that matter to the United States that should matter to Venezuela. Putting the arguments and ideologies of the past aside and working on pragmatic solutions to real problems that face our countries today," he said.
Obama has no known "animosities" or "tired ideological arguments" with Chavez (he vowed to meet him without preconditions during the campaign). Restropo suggested the burden of improved relations could be on Chavez.
This is touching. What preconditions could Obama possibly want to place on a renewed friendship with this nutty guy. It's not like Chavez was instrumental in manipulating the world oil markets last year leaving us with $4/gallon gas. He would never support terrorists that have killed people in Columbia for the last 4 decades. He certainly doesn't provide material support to drug lords.
This brings up one simple question. Are there any American-hating, terrorist supporting heads of state Obama does not plan to meet with?