Washington Times: Chavez leads gloating over vote
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday led a global chorus of Bush administration critics gloating over the outcome of Tuesdayâ€™s midterm elections, but some foreign leaders expressed concern over what the Democratic victory will mean on issues such as global trade and the Middle East.
Latin American populists, European leftists and Islamic fundamentalists were all quick to point to the U.S. vote as a repudiation of Mr. Bushâ€™s aggressive, go-it-alone approach on Iraq and the global war on terror.
Americans need to seriously think about why our enemies would cheer about American election results.
The resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also sparked praise from leaders of countries from the heart of what Mr. Rumsfeld once memorably dismissed as â€œOld Europe.â€
The Democratic sweep ranks as â€œthe beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world,â€ 200 members of the Socialist bloc in the European Parliament declared in a joint statement yesterday.
Said Italian Foreign Minister Massimo Dâ€™Alema, â€œA cycle has ended. The cycle of pre-emptive wars, of unilateralism, ends in great failure.â€
With Mr. Bush still in charge of U.S. foreign policy for another two years, the pugnacious Mr. Chavez was one of the few world leaders to comment publicly on the elections.
â€œItâ€™s a reprisal vote against the war in Iraq, against the corruptionâ€ inside the Bush administration, he told reporters in Caracas. â€œAll this fills us with optimism.â€
Informed of Mr. Rumsfeldâ€™s resignation as he was speaking, Mr. Chavez said, â€œHeads have started to roll. The president should resign on moral grounds, and Rumsfeld should go to jail.â€
Iranâ€™s state-controlled television said in a commentary that U.S. voters were rejecting â€œBushâ€™s wrong strategy in the Middle East,â€ as well as â€œfinancial corruption in the United States.â€
When the dems took control after the elections our enemies cheered and celebrated. Doesn’t that make Americans think that the direction our country will be going isn’t the right direction? When our enemies are happy with the results of the election that should send a big bright light bulb above peoples head’s that we are in some serious trouble!