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Sunday, March 18, 2007


I admit it! After calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez a ''narcissist-Leninist'' leader in my columns for more than a year, I couldn't help feeling a slight swelling of my ego when Chávez mentioned my name six times -- granted, in not too flattering ways -- in his daily radio and television show this week. Read here my response to what Chavez said in his March 13 radio/television address about me, and let us know what YOU think. We will publish some of your responses in next Sunday's Miami Herald.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it funny that you find Chavez's "remarks" about your articles and opinions positive in the sense that he has taken YOU in consideration, and now you are amazed on how his half readings of your articles have made a distorted truth of what you really wanted to say. He's used you. As he has used many others with his half truths , making them sound exactly the way he wants them to. In Venezuela this would be called a "vivesa", in teenage language this would be expressed as "he has owned easily". To the general public he actually is considered inteligent , but it is here again where one sees his incredible ability of charming with half truths and sounding wise(much of an example from Castro). I think this is a really well trained survival instinct, more like a childish way of using anything to his advantage. But I must admit HE is good. He is so good that he was actually more charming than Barbara Walters, and there again the result was to his advantage.
I can almost bet that there will be no response or readings from this last article of yours.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On one hand, I think most, if not all, Heads of State are nacissists. On the other hand, calling Chavez a Leninist gives him too much credit. He is at best a populist, and at worst an charismatic "thug" (quoting Mrs. Pelosi)

10:16 AM  
Blogger elliv said...

Why are you saying that Chavez is "shutting down" a TV-staion? First you don't want to be called right-winger, but then you are repeating right-wing lies to demonize Chavez.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Chavez has not agreed to an interview w/ Oppenheimer simply because Oppenheimer's journalism leaves a lot to desire......

Today Mr. Chavez is being interviewed on 60 Minutes by the renowned Barbara Walters; not even Oppenheimer could claim that she does not ask "hard questions".

As for not renewing the TV license of RCTV : if in the USA a TV channel actively participated in a coup against president George W Bush what does Oppenheimer think would happen to such a channel ? My personal opinion: if in the US a TV channel like RCTV participated in a coup attempt against the president of the US the managers of that station would probably be sent to Guantanamo and tortured; they would then very likely be hanged.

In Venezuela the oweners and managers of RCTV who participated in the coup against Chavez were not retaliated against; the only action Chavez is taking is to not renew their TV license- a rather mild punishment I would say against a TV channel that actively joined in a coup against a democratically elected president.

In short: Oppenheimer: you dont have to constantly lie and tell half truths to make your points; you lose a lot of credibility when you do this and its probably one of the reasons why the renowned journalist Barbara Walters obtained today a one on one interview with President Chavez whereas you have to content yourself with Chavez reading over a couple of your pieces on air.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oppenheimer should learn from the very smart Donald Trump who has clearly labeled George W Bush as the "Worst President in the History of the United States" - everybody should watch this interview of Donal Trump w/ CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go again. Barbara Walters interviewing stupid thugs like Fidel Castro and now Hugo Chavez just so she can have an exclusive. Of course, don't expect her to ask anything intelligent she probably had a lot of restrictions on the question just to be able to get the exclusive. We are all aware of how these dictators conduct their business.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably, Chavez will give you an answer, but I unfortunately know that my questions will be out of reply.

Anyway, I send you three more questions:

1) Why do your critics to Chavez are so different respect those you make to Bush?

With Bush you have a constructive criticism and usually you give your advice.
On the other hand, you have a destructive criticism with Chavez, and, you usually refer to him in ironics terms.

You like to build bridges with Bush, meanwhile are destroying all ways to the understanding with Chavez.

2) Upon your democratic scale of values, what is the worse? To receive with red carpet a fascist Leader or to kill thousands in order to get more oil?

3) As a democracy defender you has suggested, in one of your articles, to give a brive to the cubans generals. What kind of democracy are you defending?


Rubén P.
Rosario - Argentina

1:48 AM  
Blogger Andres Oppenheimer said...

Ruben, I respect your opinions, but please don't put words in my mouth. I never offered ''to bribe Cuban generals.'' I suggested that the World Bank, IDB and other international financial institutions offer a $5 billion package for the reconstruction of Cuba once the island starts a political opening. That was done with many countries, and Cuba would badly need it. Very different from "bribing generals."

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish to thank you for your response.

Despite my criticism in most of your political opinions I want to emphasize my coincidences in very importants points like education and technological development for latinamerica.

You are true. You didn't use the BRIBE word in your article about the Economical Assistance for Cuba. But you have mentioned this phrase: "No general can resist a 10.000 dollars cannon shot" Clear like water...


Rubén P.
Rosario - Argentina

10:41 AM  
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2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chavez referred to Oppenheimer as being "otro derechista mas" - i.e. just another rightwinger....

Oppenheimer in his reply claims that he is not a right winger- to prove this he says he escaped from Argentina's generals during the dirty war.....

Whatever Oppenheimer would want his readers to believe I think its best to read his articles and to view his TV program to determine Oppenheimer's political views- I personally think Oppenheimer is a "Neoconservative" -formerly liberals in the 1970's but who converted to the extreme right wing in the last 20 years.

If you look at Oppenheimer's TV program you will find that the very first guest he invited to his TV show was Otto Reich (!!!!) - that extremist right wing criminal who is a "persona non grata" in all of Latin America.

Check it out for yourselves:

Oppenheimer Presenta PROGRAMA # 1

"¿Se olvidó Bush de América Latina?"



2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oppenheimer claims not to be a rightwinger but on his TV show he invites Donald Rumsfeld as his "special guest" to discuss the Pentagon's military options in Latin America "to deal with Hugo Chavez".....

This is the same Donald Rumsfeld who orchestrated the illegal war in Iraq which has already caused 800,000 civilian dead under the American's brutal occupation there and here Oppenheimer invites him as he's special guest on his TV show to discuss possible military solutions against Latin America..

You're a real friend of Latin America Mr. Oppenheimer....


"La agenda del Pentágono para América Latina "

"¿Qué opina el Pentágono del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez y de los grupos rebeldes que desestabilizan los gobiernos? ¿Existe una opción militar para preservar la democracia en la región? "

"Estas preguntas serán contestadas por el secretario de Defensa de EE.UU., Donald Rumsfeld en una entrevista exclusiva con Andrés Oppenheimer."


Donald Rumsfeld
Secretario Defensa EE.UU

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The International Herald Tribune newspaper has just published a piece on the recent Chavez/Bush tours of Latin America; Oppenheimer should learn from this piece on how to write a balanced perspective instead of deceiving his readers with half truths and lies:


"What we see in Chávez"

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading your sunday comments only to laugh out loud , to think that after so many years of defening left wing leaders arguing that they would really give you freedom of speech is funny.I could never understand why so many in the press love left wing leaders, when the first thing they do is close you down . At least right wing leaders keep the business open and their kids are not brain washed at the schools to fear they parents.


9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todos aquellos que le escriben son
seguidores de el y de fidel y a eso se han dedicado en todos los foros y
lugares de opinión, a escribir a favor de ellos, pero ud no se preocupe, ud
esta actuando cabalmente. caridad

9:25 AM  
Blogger Andres Oppenheimer said...

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9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We lived in Venezuela from 2003-2006. We traveled all over this beautiful country and love the people.

The real question for Hugo is - where is the oil money going? Maybe if somebody could expose the trail of money, it would reveal his true side. It is not going to the poor as he claims. Things are very bad for the people and the country.

The absolutely most incredulous act was giving oil to people in Boston when his own people are starving. Our poor people look like millionaires by comparison.

Thank you for trying to expose this mad man. Good luck on getting an interview.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Come on! You you are not the liberal you were in the 70's and I am sure you realize you have become pretty conservative.
The good life in the US has a way of getting to everyone.
I do not believe that changing is wrong though; everyone is entitled to change.
As in the song of Mercedes Sosa "Todo cambia" .."if everything changes why shouldn’t I change?"...
I would be more concerned if you had not changed; not changing is a sign and a trait of fanatism.
While I do not agree with you in many things I do believe that it is unfair to question your independence; you may be wrong, but you certainly have never been a writer for hire.
Saying otherwise is low and vile.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Oppenheimer,

Thank you for the evisceration of Hugo Chavez in your 20 Mar OP-ED piece. Congratulations to you as well because obviously you struck a nerve with Mr. Chavez--enough so that he felt it necessary to talk about you to his "captive audience."

Everything about Mr. Chavez is a lesson in Dictator 101.

I am tracking 100 percent with what you have to say--I sent the below to Fox News on 20 September 2006 after Chavez' anti-Bush rant at the UN:

Subject: Chavez the Hypocrite

Mr. O'reilly,

Given Venezuelan President Chavez's stone throwing today at the UN, someone seriously needs to engage him on the glass house he lives in:

-Why is Chavez fomenting fear in his own country by telling Venezuelan citizens the U.S. is going to attack them and going so far as to have practice drills to combat these supposed attacks?

-Why does he covertly support, with arms, money, and refuge, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia a terrorist group in Colombia?

-Why is Chavez restraining opposition parties and media within his own country?

-Why is Chavez arresting and or harassing members opposing his regime?

-Why is Chavez meddling in other South American country affairs and elections much to the anger of some of these nations?

-Why is Chavez starting an arms war in South America by purchasing large amounts of Russian Arms?

-Why don't the Venezuelan people have the freedom of speech?

I do know why he is he allying himself with Iran...birds of a feather flock together.

The real concern is when our foreign policy is so bad that maniacs like these get a voice and a following throughout the world thus the applause at the United Nations.

Tucson, Arizona

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sr. Oppenheimer! Aplausos para Ud por su respuesta a Chavez! Realmente le admiro y le agradezco sus letras y posicion que tantos compartimos y no tenemos el medio de expresar al Mundo como Ud lo hace! Es un placer leer su columna! Y mas cuando ya veo que hasta Chavez la lee!

Un fuerte saludo


6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why should there be a 5 billion package for the reconstruction of Cuba? What arguments, over and above looking good, do you have to support that aid?
Fidel Castro came about because "all the Cubans" supported him and has stayed in power because the Cubans have not fought to get rid of him.
Why should Cuba get a special treatment that is not available to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, etc. Countries that have the same right to reconstruction specially since 5 billion Dollars could dramatically change their reality.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Mr. Oppenheimer,
As a Cuban American in exile for more than 40 years that has experienced the totalitarism and the brutality of a communist government, I want to thank you for defending basic human rights, among them the right to elect our leaders, and for opposing ''narcissist-Leninist'' leaders like Hugo Chavez.
We need voices like you to challenge these so called "leaders", that all they do is create political crisis, promote social clashes with false promises, invest on armaments and slow down the economic and social progress of Latin America.

11:03 AM  
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11:27 AM  
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12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


No doubt about it!!

"dios y tradicion" is your real constituency.

Can't say I envy you!!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

Probably, Chavez will give you an answer, but I unfortunately know that my questions will be out of reply.

Anyway, I send you three more questions:

1) Why do your critics to Chavez are so different respect those you make to Bush?

With Bush you have a constructive criticism and usually you give your advice.
On the other hand, you have a destructive criticism with Chavez, and, you usually refer to him in ironics terms.

You like to build bridges with Bush, meanwhile are destroying all ways to the understanding with Chavez.

2) Upon your democratic scale of values, what is the worse? To receive with red carpet a fascist Leader or to kill thousands in order to get more oil?

3) As a democracy defender you has suggested, in one of your articles, to give a brive to the cubans generals. What kind of democracy are you defending?


Rubén P.
Rosario - Argentina

Jee Ruben, a Chavista apologist spewing the same anti-American nonesense. So sorry.

I may dislike Bush intensely, but in the greater scheme of things the system he works within has enough checks and balances to protect us from the Republicans authoritarian tendencies.

But in the Chavista-leftist-populist-Peronist mind, it is all about grabbing absolute power. "Zurdos" like you somehow think that with the "right people" with the "right intentions" in power everything will be all right. Institutions dont matter, because the right people will know what to do.

If you want to stop thinking like a underdeveloped "tercermundista". You should learn from the United States and what works there.

After all the U.S. IS a hegemonic power, while all you leftists simply sit there and blame it all on the US, the Chinese and the Indians study why the US got there, so they can become great powers.

That is the difference.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JESUS RAUL PEREZ MENDEZ, chief of the Department of the Community Abroad of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and captain of the Cuban Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI) defected on July 13, 1983, and informed the following:
That the America Department of the Cuban Communist Party (DA), the ICAP, and the DGI control the ANTONIO MACEO BRIGADE (BAM), CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, CIRCULO DE CULTURA CUBANA, CENTER FOR CUBAN STUDIES, VENCEREMOS BRIGADE (VB), NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS, PARTIDO SOCIALISTA PUERTORRIQUEÑO-NYC, AND THE COMMUNIST PARTY USA. They are all controlled by ALFREDO GARCIA ALMEIDA, chief of the North American Section of the Americas Department and former political counselor at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in NYC, with the exception of CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, which is controlled by HECTOR MANUEL ZAYAS QUIALA, of the DGI, and second secretary of the Cuban Mission NYC.
The leaders of the BAM and the VB receive training of indoctrination in ideology, psychology, organization, propaganda techniques, interview techniques, and intelligence gathering. The groups are financed by illegal commercial activities of nartotics. The BAM serves for purposes of propaganda and intelligence. ANDRES GOMEZ, MARIANA GASTON ROCHE, ARMANDO D. GARCIA, and MANUEL R. GOMEZ CAINOS are controlled by the DGI. The ICAP considers ALBOR RUIZ SALAZAR unstable. ARMANDO D. GARCIA is a homosexual and MARIANA GASTON a prostitute.
The BAM is controlled by JESUS ARBOLEYA CERVERA, of the DGI in Cuba and former second secretary of the Cuban Mission in NYC, by way of FRANCISCO GONZALEZ ARUCA in Washington, D.C.; RAUL ALZAGA MANRESA in San Juan; MAURICIO
RAFAEL BETANCOURT ABIO and OSVALDO ESTIVIL belong to the BAM in Miami. JOSE ANTONIO HERNANDEZ FRIAS, leader of the BAM in USA, was sent to Spain to organize the BAM there. REGINA CASAL was sent to Venezuela to organize the BAM there.
The BAM is financed by travel agencies in NYC and receive from $100 to $400 for each exile that travels to Cuba. MARAZUL was established to finance the BAM, AREITO, and the CIRCULO DE CULTURA CUBANA, the BAM receiving the majority of the funds.
The daily activities of MARAZUL are controlled by FRANCISCO GONZALEZ ARUCA from Washington, D.C., who is controlled by JESUS ARBOLEYA CERVERA from Havana.
The CIRCULO DE CULTURA CUBANA, EDICIONES VITRAL, and AREITO, are controlled by the DGI. ISIDRO GOMEZ and JESUS ARBOLEYA CERVERA, of the ICAP and the DGI, placed MARIFELI PEREZ-STABLE in charge of the CIRCULO DE CULTURA CUBANA. She substituted the deceased LOURDES CASAL, who was DGI. The annual plans of MARIFELI are prepared by the DGI and ICAP. The CIRCULO DE CULTURA CUBANA and the BAM are maintained with funds generated by EDICIONES VITRAL, by way of the sale of books and records that are gifts of the Cuban Culture Ministry and are delivered by ICAP. MARIFELI receives $100 for each tourist that travels to Cuba with the CIRCULO DE
CULTURA CUBANA. MARIFELI was infiltrated in the INSTITUTE FOR CUBAN STUDIES of MARIA CRISTINA HERRERA, whose position was made more favorable toward Cuba.
In 1981 the leaders of AREITO met in Cuba with ISIDRO GOMEZ, FAUSTINO PELAEZ, and JORGE GALLARDO FERNANDEZ, of the ICAP and the DGI, and with CARLOS RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, of the Communist Party, whom advised AREITO not to take positions so identical with those of the Cuban government.
ARNALDO ALONSO, president of CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, directs the BUREAU OF COMMUNITY SERVICES, with offices in the same locale as MARAZUL, who ship their packages to Cuba. ANDRES GOMEZ, who lived in Washington, D.C., was financed by MARAZUL. HAROLD MAYERSON, the lawyer for MARAZUL, and member of the NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, with MICHAEL RATNER, are controlled by the DGI.
ARNALDO ALONZO was involved in a power struggle with CARLOS GARCIA in CASA DE LAS AMERICAS, where other members are LUIS MIRANDA, who the DGI suspects of being a CIA operative; ANA MARIA GARCIA, former member of the BAM; and OSCAR RUBEN CICCONE and his wife, who also belong to the BAM, VB, and the COMMUNIST PARTY USA.
Those of the AMERICA DEPARTMENT in the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in NYC control the VECEREMOS BRIGADE. GRACIELA TABIO MEDINA, official of the DA and of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, selects the members of the VENCEREMOS BRIGADE, whose leaders are: the anthropologist JOHNNETTA COLE, DARA TORPE, EDDY DEMMINGS, MICHELLE FRANK, JACKIE RAMOS, and CAROLYN BOSCH. The first three are controlled by the AMERICA DEPARTMENT. NANI MARTINEZ, of the VB, works in the United Methodist Church in NYC. ROBERTO REGALADO ALVAREZ, of the DGI and
first secretary of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, controls the VENCEREMOS BRIGADE. SANDRA LEVINSON, of the VB and director of the CENTER FOR CUBAN STUDIES, is controlled by ICAP, although the DGI considers her a CIA operative.
MIGUEL FELIPE MARQUES is the secretary general of the ALIANCE OF COMMUNITY WORKERS in Newark, NJ, whose assistant is CARLOS ZALDIVAR ESCALONA, and both are controlled by JUSTO LUIS BETANCOURT and ISAIAS PEREZ, of the DGI.
The director of the Casa Cuba in Madrid, ROSENDO CANTO HERHANDEZ, receibes $1,000 monthly from ICAP from the sale of travel tickets of exiles to Cuba. The Casa Cuba is directed by: LIDIA ANDERSON in Canada; MARINES MEDERO in Mexico; and AQUINO in Caracas.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tu crees que a Chaves le importa
lo que estas diciendo.
Nada.El es lider de su pais,en
su pais.No hay nada como estar en
el pais de uno.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:35 AM  
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2:52 PM  

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