One of the tactics the ruling party has used and is currently using in its political campaign is the manipulation of messages from US officials to make a leftist win appear to be a potential threat to US-El Salvador relations. In this recent incidence, comments by Dan Restrepo, an adviser to Barack Obama on Latin America, are rearranged to make President Barack Obama appear worried by Venezuelan policies and troubled at the supposed friendship between the leftist party in El Salvador and Hugo Chavez.
However, when placed in context, Restrepo’s remarks instead emphasize the US’s need to respect the “sovereignty of all other countries, and…not get involved in the internal politics.” Restrepo used Venezuela to complement his denouncement of intervening in other countries’ politics. He says that President Obama does not like the anti-American rhetoric Chavez uses, but highlights that the United States is glad to work with any willing country, even if the they have showed open disdain for the United States.
The parsed comments of Dan Restrepo used in the ad:
“The anti-American agenda worries Senator Barack Obama a lot, and the failed polices of Hugo Chavez; be those in Venezuela, or his wish to intervene in countries of the region – be it El Salvador or other places.
It is necessary to look inside what is happening in Venezuela today, the advance of crime in Caracas, food problems.
Barack Obama is worried; obviously he does not like anti-American rhetoric and anti-American policies that Hugo Chavez brings.”
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His full statement:
“The anti-American agenda worries Senator Barack Obama a lot, and the failed polices of Hugo Chavez; whether they be in Venezuela, or his wish to intervene in countries of the region, be it El Salvador or other places. It is extremely important that the United States and all the other countries in the region respect the sovereignty of all other countries, and do not try to get involved in the internal politics of the countries.
Barack Obama is worried, obviously, he doesn’t like the anti American rhetoric and anti American policies that Hugo Chavez promotes. The problem of the Americas is not the Untied States, the problem is an agenda…it is necessary to look inside what is happening in Venezuela today, the advance of crime in Caracas, food problems. It is not a successful system and the people of the region have to understand this as well.”
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Posted by Leslie O’Bray, SHARE Grassroots Education and Advocacy Intern
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