AP Decides It Should Set Our Policy
We no longer can stage good old CIA-backed coups. We no longer can send in the Marines. We no longer can bomb wayward nations back to the stone age.
So what are our options? Dipolomacy, of course, and doing what we can to support human rights, legitimate opposition parties and charities.
AP isn't taking that idea sitting down!
he U.S. government is spending millions of dollars in the name of democracy in Venezuela _ bankrolling human rights seminars, training emerging leaders, advising political parties and giving to charities. But the money is raising deep suspicions among supporters of President Hugo Chavez, in part because the U.S. has refused to name many of the groups it's supporting.
Details of the spending emerge in 1,600 pages of grant contracts obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. The U.S. Agency for International Development released copies of 132 contracts in all, but whited out the names and other identifying details of nearly half the grantees.
AP actually sued under FOIA to find out what legal things the US is doing to support those Venezuelans who are concerned by, or harmed by, Chavez's conversion of the nation to a Socialist state! And it's not just our work in Venezuela that bugs AP:
The Bush administration has an $80 million plan to hasten change in Cuba, where Chavez has sworn to help defend Fidel Castro's communist system. The U.S. also is spending millions on pro-democracy work in Bolivia, where Bush has warned of "an erosion of democracy" since a Chavez ally, socialist Evo Morales, was elected president in December.
I've tried to type this next sentence several times and I just can't find the words. What does AP want? Who do they think they are? Who's idea is this? What options do we have if they take away all options? Who are they to take away all our options? Will nothing get in the way of their runaway Bush Derangement Syndrome?
What, somebody please tell me, is wrong with the media and the Left in this country?