In an interview with the Huffington Post discussing his new movie Savages, director Oliver Stone said President Obama should look to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez as a role-model in solving problems in the United States that are rooted in other parts of the world.
Do you ever wish that Obama were more like Hugo Chavez or some of the other Bolivarian leaders that you profiled in your documentary “South of the Border”?
Absolutely. He is so out of touch with the needs of Third World people, what’s going on in South America — it’s shocking to me. I mean, early on he made the nice great gestures, and then the moment that Honduras happened, the coup in Honduras [in 2009], the United States had no courage whatsoever in backing those thugs down. They let this newly elected president go, and Honduras turned to shit. It’s now a major participant in the drug war, as is El Salvador. We kept reformers out of Salvador; we kept them out of Nicaragua; we kept destroying reformers’ regimes in South America or contributing to their destruction by enabling the entrenched classes and their right-wing allies to win through coups and economic pressure, etc.
No, you can pile it on to Obama but, you know, he’s done some very intelligent things. I think the latest immigration act — I applaud it. I mean there is a brain there, but he doesn’t seem to be willing to confront real issues and take them on. I think he has bad advice. I think by putting Hillary Clinton back in the State Department — I don’t think that’s helpful. When you continue the old regime like with [Robert] Gates in Defense or James Sternberg in the State Department for a long time. They were against any kind of movement, reform movement, in any of these countries.