While preparing for his Latin American tour, the president suggested that Cuban communism should die with Fidel Castro. Bush also took a shot at his nemesis in the region, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, for his recent decision to nationalize some private industry: “I strongly believe that government-run industry is inefficient and will lead to more poverty.” Before passing judgment, remember that our president is, in fact, an expert on government inefficiency.
WASHINGTON—Communist rule of Cuba should end when ailing leader Fidel Castro dies, President Bush said as he prepared for a Latin American tour this week.
Bush’s trip is widely seen as offering a counterpoint to the populist appeal of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose nationalization plans he criticized.
“I strongly believe that government-run industry is inefficient and will lead to more poverty,” Bush said when asked about Chavez’s nationalizations.