Gonzoconservatism And The Death Of The Monroe Doctrine
Although Vladimir Putin has few more solid defenders than myself, and although Hugo Chavez's assessment of George W. Bush as being 'an alcoholic imperialist' might not be without merit, Russian arms sales to Venezuela are most certainly not a good thing.
El Loco Grande is the sort of leader whom Ronald Reagan would have lost no sleep undermining - so where are the Venezuelan contras?
The resources that could have been used to send Chavez into Zimbabwean exile are instead being wasted shoring up Iraq's democratic dolls-house. What will we do today, kids? Yeah, let's smash a country and destabilise a region!
They're being used to prop up the giant smackhouse known as Afghanistan- a hole on the map which would be greatly improved by being wasted with napalm from end to end. When used appropriately, force is a power for good - and one could think of no greater good than sending poppy farms, Edens of misery, back to the Stone Age. When treating with drug dealers, the harshness of their landscape and the brutality of their winters really cuts no ice. If they won't grow anything else, if the poppy business is the tool by which tribal headsmen keep themselves in wives, weapons and concubines, then there is no reason why they shouldn't feel the sharp end of the Industrial Revolution.
Arms deals such as the one between Russia and Venezuela are a direct contravention of The Monroe Doctrine, for better or worse a plank of American foreign policy for nearly two centuries. The gonzocons are Trotskyites of course, keener on creative destruction than 'We, The People'; but if they allow Monroe to wither, another nail will be driven into the coffin of the Great Republic of which they shout their love so loudly.
To Hell with them all.