Where Do All These Friggin Think Tanks Come From?
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (ever heard of ‘em?) published a new paper today. Although the Foundation claims to be “dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism,” they decided instead to focus on the internal politics of Venezuela’s political parties.
The paper, titled “A Long Goodbye to Democracy,” criticizes the Venezuelan left’s decision to merge a bunch of pro-Chavez political parties into one. Apparently, with this move, “Venezuela is staring into the abyss of fascism.”
By taking a CNN report out of context, the paper seems to claim that opposition parties are a part of this merger, as if they were being forced to join a pro-Chavez coalition, which sort of grotesquely misses the point. They also take pains to misrepresent the whole RCTV controversy.
Channeling Henry Kissinger, the Foundation defends the 2002 coup against Chavez: “America,” it turns out, “was slow to recognize that democracy in Venezuela could no longer be restored by elections.” You see, “It was through elections that democracy had been destroyed.” Oh, I get it. No. Wait…huh?
So who are these guys? According to their website, they are a “non-partisan institute.” Their funding comes from a “diverse group of individual philanthropists and foundations.” Oh! And the State Department. Now it makes sense.