Friday, August 19, 2005

Bullying Venezuela

Not content with just mucking up the Middle East, Def Sec Rummy went south to try to cajole our Latin American neighbors into helping the administration "isolate" (read=destabilize) Venezuela and the Hugo Chavez government, because the Hugo government is allegedly acting to "destabilize" other Latin American governments, such as Bolivia. Well, that is, Chavez and his buddy, and U.S. thorn-in-the-side, Fidel Castro.

After acting in concert with military coup planners in 2002 to unseat the democratically elected Chavez, the administration worked to force a recall vote. The recall petition succeeded but Chavez ultimately won the vote anyway. So despite U.S. wishes, Chavez remains in office. And apparently doesn't like us much. Gee, I wonder why.

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