Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President George W. Bush's chief antagonist in Latin America, said the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas is "dead'' as a 34-nation summit opened in Argentina to widespread protests and sharp division among hemispheric leaders.
Mexican President Vicente Fox, a Bush ally, countered Chavez by saying a trade accord in the Americas will boost growth and should go ahead even if some countries refuse to join. Only about four or five nations are against it, and their opposition is "ideological,'' Fox told reporters.
Mexican president Vincente Fox gave Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez a little squooshing today at the free trade talks in Argentina. From Bloomberg.com: