Our Enemy, Argentina?


Back when New Republic editor in chief Martin Peretz lumped Argentina in with Syria and Iran as among “our antagonists” I assumed he was just making a silly mistake. But here’s Newt Gingrich:

Gingrich said he was fascinated to watch a variety of “semi-dictators,” specifically, the leaders of Nicaragua and Argentina, who lecture the president on what the United States is “doing wrong.”

My understanding is that the “semi-dictator” of Nicaragua came to power through the nefarious method of winning an election. But I at least understand that conservatives don’t like Sandinistas. But what’s Argentina done? Pissed off some bond-holders? Conservative alternative reality is becoming mighty baroque.