Chavez, the FARC and Cuba: Fodder for Oliver Stone’s Next Movie, Recklessness

What was supposed to have been a public relations coup for Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez may turn out to be another political disaster just like the recent Venezuelan constitutional referendum.   Just two days ago all was said and done.  Chavez was flanked by Argentina’s former President Nestor Kirchner and later Hollywood producer Oliver Stone proclaiming that …

Context Matters

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on U.S./Cuba policy last week, Chairman Max Baucus opened with a Publilius Syrus quote, “It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.”  The claim is that the U.S. is punishing Cuba with economic sanctions.  As with any quote used in this manner, context matters. …