Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Fox misses chance to play with a Chavez puppet

I must say I think Vincente Fox's recent reactions to the Hugo Chavez's taunts could have been a lot better handled.

While not quite as an affront to Mexico and him personally, he has taken a lot of guff from north of the border and, while I have not followed it intensely, my impression has been that he has handled the rough and tumble of foreign diplomacy with aplomb. You know, when the row is over, he didn't need band-aids and a tailor, he only needed to wipe his brow straighten his tie.

Venezuela doesn't deserve Chavez and Fox knows it. He should treat with Chavez with that in mind, and not be goaded into entering the sty Chavez's wishes to hold court in. He should have scoffed at the insults and noted that the people of both Mexico and Venezuela know whose ecomonies and foreign relationships are better and brighter at this point in time.

And a quiet and lengthy recall of the Mexican ambassador would have been a better first move, catching Chavez off guard when he eventually noticed 'Mexico had left the building.' It would probably have sent Chavez into another fit of hysterics that Fox could have used again.

Revenge is best served cold. (Where have I heard that line?)

3 Creaks:

Blogger Roberto Iza creaked ...

Perhaps, Fox as an individual could ignore Mr. Chavez. But when the president of Venezuela barks at the president of Mexico, Mr. Fox is
left little choice.

11/15/2005 6:08 PM  
Blogger Roberto Iza creaked ...

Well, at least Chavez hasn't picked on
Our Lady of Guadalupe yet.

11/16/2005 4:05 PM  
Blogger Dusty creaked ...

Thanks for commenting, Roberto, twice Sorry I didn't respond earlier, but here it is.

I sympathize with your view and agree that a response was necessary. I just thought Fox could have handled the response differently, a way that made it look like Chavez was a mesquito rather than a dog biting.

Anyway, I wasn't quite sure what you meant by your second comment unless, of course it as just to point out tht Chavez's puerile insecurity is such that he lashes out at anything on the mere suspicion of being dissed. If so, quite right and put well.

I did notice in an AP resport today that Fox has now, in effect, stated he considers Chavez less than a mesquito by noting he will not bother to respond to Chavez's taunts. This is the move, I would have preferred.

Stop back again, anytime.

11/16/2005 5:03 PM  

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