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August 16, 2004


This is a nice line from a BBC article about the relations between the US and Hugo Chavez:

The Bush administration and the Venezuelan leader have struggled to co-exist.

Ah, how the Bush administration has struggled to co-exist with Chavez -- very much like lions have always struggled to co-exist with gazelles. Or John Hinckley struggled to co-exist with Ronald Reagan.

Despite the flaws of Chavez, I can't help but guffaw as I imagine the steam rising today from the ears of the Bush administration and America's foreign policy cognoscenti. First they support a coup attempt in 2002, then the general strike in 2003, and then the referendum yesterday. And they lose every time.

It reminds me of "The Cycling Tour" episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Soviet army has captured the main character, Mr. Pither, and sentenced him to be executed by firing squad. But somehow the firing squad keeps missing him. After one of their failed attempts, Mr. Pither is thrown back in his cell, and John Cleese (as a Russian officer) points at him and says:

Next time, DEFINITELY!
Posted at August 16, 2004 11:44 AM | TrackBack

Other Co-Existence Struggles That Immediately Come To Mind:

Sioux Ghost Dancers with US Troops at Wounded Knee, 1890
That Vietcong Suspect with General Nguyen Ngoc Loan
Thirty-Three Young Men with John Wayne Gacy
Kurt Cobain with Courtney Love
Iraqi Teens with US Personnel At Abu Ghraib
Comedy with Jay Leno
Dick Cheney

Posted by: Dennis Perrin at August 17, 2004 08:44 AM