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Chavez on Wikileaks: 'Hillary Clinton thinks she is superior to the black guy,' should resign

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is loving WikiLeaks

'Somebody should resign ... I'm not saying (President Barack) Obama, but they should do it out of shame ... It is their empire left naked. You should resign, Mrs Clinton, it's the least you can do,' Chavez said late Monday.

He said he had read in the media about WikiLeaks documents that mentioned Washington's effort to isolate the Venezuelan government within Latin America.

'This shows up the efforts of the United States to isolate this revolutionary soldier, but they will not manage it,' he told Venezuelan television.

The documents showed how the United States 'disrespects even its allies,' he said. 'This was signed by Clinton. Mrs Clinton thinks she is superior to Obama. Since she is white, she thinks she is superior to the black guy,' Chavez noted.

Chavez's political allies in Ecuador went even farther today, offering residence to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and praising his work.

Beyond reveling in the embarassment of the U.S. State Department, Chavez and friends actually don't have very much to celebrate in the cables. If anything, a leaked description of a conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon and senior French diplomatic advisor Jean-David Levitte only reinforces Chavez's increasing isolation:

Levitte observed that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is "crazy" and said that even Brazil wasn't able to support him anymore. Unfortunately, Chavez is taking one of the richest countries in Latin America and turning it into another Zimbabwe.

Perhaps importantly, a dispatch from the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa from last June undercuts the widely-held belief within the Latin American left that the United States organized the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. Bolivian President Evo Morales repeated this charge only last week at a speech attened by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But in the cable, written just days after the coup, the embassy is adamant that Zelay's ouster was illegal: 

The Embassy perspective is that there is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 in what constituted an illegal and
unconstitutional coup against the Executive Branch, while accepting that there may be a prima facie case that Zelaya may have committed illegalities and may have even violated the constitution. There is equally no doubt from our perspective that Roberto Micheletti's assumption of power was illegitimate. Nevertheless, it is also evident that the constitution itself may be deficient in terms of providing clear procedures for dealing with alleged illegal acts by the President and resolving conflicts between the branches of government.

The cable goes on to refute the argument, later advanced by members of the U.S. Congress,  that Zelaya's overthrow was consistent with the Honduran constition. True, the writer also suggests that the constitution may not have provided legal recourse for removing the president, but this is definitely not the smoking gun that Chavez was likely hoping for. 

If any Latin American leader has a right to be upset at Clinton today, it's Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. A request for information from Clinton in December last year, reveals that the secretary had doubts about Kirchner's decision-making style and even her mental health: 

HOW IS CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER MANAGING HER NERVES AND ANXIETY? HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT HER BEHAVIOR TOWARD ADVISORS AND/OR HER DECISIONMAKING? WHAT STEPS DOES CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER OR HER ADVISERS/HANDLERS, TAKE IN HELPING HER DEAL WITH STRESS? IS SHE TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS? UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS SHE BEST ABLE TO HANDLE STRESSES? HOW DO CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER,S EMOTIONS AFFECT HER DECISIONMAKING AND HOW DOES SHE CALM DOWN WHEN DISTRESSED?

For one thing, this picture just took on very differnet overtones. 

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Davutoglu picks up and runs with 'dangerous man' moniker

One of the WikiLeaked cables refers to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as an "exceptionally dangerous" Islamist influence on the Turkish government. That's a label that the foreign minister embraces -- with a slight modification.

"I am extremely dangerous, yes -- for those who want to have instability in our region," Davutoglu told a gathering of journalists in Washington this morning. "I am extremely dangerous for those who want to create new tensions."

Davutoglu went on to note the strong relations that Turkey enjoyed with its neighbors. "If you go to the Balkans, the Middle East, to Serbia, with whom we've had very critical relations in the past, you can see that we have excellent relations. Even for the Israelis... you can go and ask to anyone around Turkey whether I am extremely dangerous or not."

The Turkish foreign minister said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "expressed her apologies and deep regret" for the WikiLeaks document dump, and brushed aside suggestions that the release would harm U.S.-Turkish relations. "These are documents based on the observations of individuals, rather than the position of the United States as a state," he said. "Many observations can come from different capitals; it doesn't necessarily reflect the ideas, opinions, or positions of the American administration."

Davutoglu also pushed back against concerns expressed in one of the cables that he was pursuing a "neo-Ottoman" foreign policy meant to re-establish Turkish dominion over the Balkans and the Middle East. One cable in particular expressed astonishment at a speech Davutoglu delivered in Sarajevo in October 2009, where he referred to the 16th century -- when the region was under the dominion of the Ottomans -- as "the golden age of the Balkans." He waxed nostalgic about the success of the Balkans during that time, pledging to "restore this Balkans."

To Davutoglu, however, his remarks were little more than a recognition of Turkey's shared past with the region -- he compared them to French expressions of solidarity with other francophone countries, or Britain's ties to the sovereign countries within the British commonwealth. "We are referring to historical facts... this is something very natural," he said. "We are a Turkish republic and a modern nation-state based on the norms of international law... there is no hegemony or imperial type of ambition [in Turkish foreign policy."

But the foreign minister didn't apologize for the newly assertive role Turkey was playing in international affairs under his watch. "Countries like Turkey -- right at the center of all events and at the center of geopolitics -- will have a western orientation, an eastern orientation, a northern orientation, a southern orientation," he said. "We are self-confident: We know what we are doing, and we have a vision for our country."

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