Sunday, August 20, 2006
Although his chances of beating President Hugo Chávez in Venezuela's Dec. 3 presidential elections are very slim, opposition unity candidate Manuel Rosales has launched his campaign with an unusually smart slogan: ''Ni el imperio, ni el barbudo!'' (Neither the [U.S.] empire, nor the [Cuban] bearded one!) Judging from what Rosales told me in a long telephone interview, he will hit Chávez where the Venezuelan comandante is most vulnerable: his penchant for giving away billions of dollars to foreign countries, while nearly half of the Venezuelan people live in poverty. Read the entire column here.