If America Did Not Exist, Dictators Would Have to Invent It

Via Q&O:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the military and civil militias today to prepare for war as a deterrent to a U.S.-led attack after American troops gained access to military bases in neighboring Colombia.

Chavez said a recently signed agreement that gives American troops access to seven Colombian bases is a direct threat to his oil-exporting country. Colombia has handed over its sovereignty to the U.S. with the deal, he said.

"Generals of the armed forces, the best way to avoid a war is to prepare for one," Chavez said in comments on state television during his weekly "Alo Presidente" program. "Colombia handed over their country and is now another state of the union. Don't make the mistake of attacking: Venezuela is willing to do anything."

Dictator play book page 1, paragraph 1:  When domestic situation goes bad, find an external enemy.


  1. perlhaqr:

    I dunno why Pugsley keeps punching Obama in the face when our president has his cock so firmly lodged in his mouth.

  2. me:

    Note that that isn't only from dictator playbooks. We've got the nebulous wars on drugs and terror, and the more concrete disasters in Afghanistan and Iraq so that we can conveniently ignore all the things wrong here at home.

  3. spiro:


    ...and the expensive new "war on bad health" to help us forget the double digit unemployment.

  4. me:

    @spiro - Right on! Maybe it's time to start the war on using 'The war on...' to distract from real problems :)