ABC News: Rumsfeld Likens Chavez's Rise to Hitler: "WASHINGTON Feb 3, 2006 — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld likened Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Adolf Hitler, reflecting continuing tension in relations between the United States and the Latin American government.
Rumsfeld, asked during a National Press Club appearance Thursday about indications of a deteriorating general relationship between Washington and parts of Latin America, said he believes such a characterization 'misses the mark.'
'We saw dictatorships there. And then we saw most of those countries, with the exception of Cuba, for the most part move towards democracies,' he said. 'We also saw corruption in that part of the world. And corruption is something that is corrosive of democracy.'"
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