In this crucial dimension of the War on Terror, what counts, as in Indonesia, Egypt, and Argentina, is American diplomacy. America’s diplomats should reach out — however discreetly — to Cuba and other countries where significant elements of the government see no future on the Chávez bandwagon. The lodestone should be flexibility. A lot is riding on the deftness, imagination, and resourcefulness of President Bush. ~Mario Loyola

Happily, the stakes are not as high as Loyola makes them seem, so there is rather less riding on the “deftness, imagination and resourcefulness of President Bush.”  Thank God.