Donald Rumsfeld accused Hugo Chavez of "anti-social, destabilising behaviour," a threat to regional security
Note the last line of this quote. Francis Harris interprets Rumsfeld statements and his travels through the region as " a message to both regimes that the Bush administration was turning its attention to them." This can only be good news.
Mr Rumsfeld said that the oil-rich Venezuelan strongman and his Cuban ally Fidel Castro, had interfered in the affairs of Bolivia, lending support to a presidential candidate who has fought US efforts to eradicate cocaine production.
Speaking in the Peruvian capital Lima at the end of a regional tour, Mr Rumsfeld said: "There certainly is evidence that both Cuba and Venezuela have been involved in the situation in Bolivia in unhelpful ways."
Dispatching the bluntly-spoken Mr Rumsfeld to the region appeared to be a message to both regimes that the Bush administration was turning its attention to them after being absorbed by the "war on terror".