In the future, 21st century socialism in Venezuela will be indistinguishable from 20th century totalitarianism.
Stung by Manuel Espino’s criticism during a recent pro-democracy forum in Caracas, Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, retorted, “"How long are we going to allow a person - from any country in the world - to come to our own house to say there's a dictatorship here, that the president is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?"
Chavez has ordered officials in Venezuela, according to a recent Associated Press report, “to closely monitor statements made by international figures during their visits to Venezuela -- and deport any outspoken critics.”
Sen. Chris Dodd, busily engaged in becoming president of the United States and considered an authority on Latin America, has yet to comment publicly on Chavez's new policy.
John Bolton, whom Dodd was instrumental in easing out of his position as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations, thinks it stinks.