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Possible Detente/thaw

This is a pretty cool picture (not all conservatives will think so, but hey, I’m not one of them):

Chavez and Obama yuk it up.

As is the followup:

Chavez, a leftist standard-bearer for anti-U.S. sentiment in Latin America, shook hands with Obama late on Friday in a signal of improved relations between his OPEC nation and its largest oil client, the United States. He expelled the U.S. ambassador to Caracas last year in a dispute over ally Bolivia. Asked on Saturday whether ties would improve with Obama in the White House, Chavez told Venezuelan state television: “I don’t have the slightest doubt.” “We’ve begun talking with Obama and I think we’ve got off to a good start,” Chavez told reporters.

As is this:

The United States envisions a new relationship — including direct talks — with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday at the Summit of the Americas opening ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago. “The United States seeks a new beginning with Cuba,” he said, according to his remarks released in advance by the White House…On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington welcomed “overtures” from Castro, hours after he said his country was open for talks with the United States about “everything.” Earlier this week, Obama ordered the easing of U.S. restrictions on Cuba, including allowing unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban-Americans to family in their home country, the White House said Monday.

Sometimes, talking works:

Castro, using conciliatory language of a kind rarely heard in the 50 years since the Cuban revolution, grabbed the attention of U.S. officials when he said: “We could be wrong, we admit it. We’re human.”

Diplomacy in some ways is tougher to do then starting wars, and it isn’t always “macho”, like some of the rightwing keyboard commandos demand out of their leaders, but talking to folks you don’t agree with or see eye-to-eye helps make the world a safer and better place, if done right.

(Oh, Stephen Harper is at this summit too.. but you might not have noticed that).


2 comments to Possible Detente/thaw

  • foottothefire

    Harper doesn’t know whether to ….or go blind. Poor qualifications at everything and a woeful lack of understanding in particular of ‘the America’s’. Don’t expect a peep from him.

  • It’s entirely superficial, I know, but I’m also loving the fact that the U.S. President isn’t the palest guy in the room any more 🙂

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