Parag Khanna: I don’t think that we missed the boat in the [Hogo] Chavez phenomenon, in the sense that we knew about political instability and the potential for military; who is in Venezuela for a very long time. After all, it’s happened many times before. But that he would become so rapidly anti-American actually only began when we supported the business lead coup against them in 2002.
For the first couple of years of his rule, he was not as viciously anti-American, or rather anti-Bush, as he is today.
Recorded on: 3/3/2008