I did have one, short, comment about this earlier in the week; now a bit more. Obama seems to be getting more attention for what he is not saying (and not doing in the case of Libya etc). He has been going on about equal partnerships and shared values, fair enough; he also said that today Latin America is democratic and mentioned the Inter-American Democratic Charter (adopted by a General Assembly special session on 11th Sept 2001...) the central aim of which is to strengthen and uphold 'democratic institutions in the nations of the Americas', it "nominally binds the governments of the hemisphere to act against those who commit political abuses" [WP Opinion]. A couple of articles from that Charter:
Article 4: The strengthening of democracy requires transparency, probity, responsibility, and effectiveness in the exercise of public authority, respect for social rights, and freedom of the press, as well as economic and social development.Great. Obama went on, "we have to speak out when we see those principles violated"...yet in his "weak meassage to Latin America" - not once on the tour - has he mentioned Venezuela (nor Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia for that matter) or their "increasingly autocratic rulers".
Article 7: Democracy is a condition for the full and effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.