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Thursday, August 16, 2007


After years of speculation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has used petrodollars to finance presidential candidates or support loyalists in Bolivia, Ecuador and other Latin American countries, the latest political scandal surrounding a suitcase with nearly $800,000 in cash seized at the Argentine capital's airport speaks for itself. Read the details here, and let us know what you think.


Blogger Carlos Erban said...

Kirchner seemed embarrassed and immediately fired the Deputy Planning Minister on the private airplane, who was in charge of negotiating directly all the "deals" with Venezuela. Why hasn’t Chavez fired the Venezuelan officials from PDVSA on the airplane, especially the son of PDVSA’s VP who personally invited Wilson to join them on the “official trip”? I guess he just needed a ride. Can get the PDVSA’s private charters number so that I can get a ride on their private jets when I want to go travel?
Kirchner asked Chavez to “save face” and fire the officials on the plane and more, but predictably, he has refused to do so. Kirchner does not understand that Chavez does not care and is not embarrassed, and he is used to doing what he wants. There are no repercussions when Chavez “the Emperor” does something wrong. On the contrary, his supporters seemed proud that Chavez can call Bush “the Devil” at the UN or that he can rub in everyone’s face that there are no consequences for his actions. He blames everything on the U.S.
There has always been corruption by Government officials in Venezuela. The difference now is that they go unpunished even when they are caught "red handed". Why doesn't somebody ask where did Mr. Wilson get the $800,000? I hope the IRS is already inquiring since he is back in Miami. Also, they INS should inquire which of Mr. Wilson’s companies he used to get his Green Card and Citizenship (different topic, but it is probably one of his 5 or so fictional companies).
Chavez sets the best example, embezzling the country's funds for his "friends" (Fidel, Kirchner, Morales, Correa, Ahmadinejad, Ortega, etc), while Carlos Andres Perez (previous President who I do not defend) was impeached for the same thing when he deviated funds for Chamorro. That's the difference between a Democracy with Rule of Law, and a Dictatorship where a Tyrant does what he wants and everyone is scared to tell him otherwise! However, for Mr. Isulza, Democracy is thriving in Venezuela! May be he will change his opinion when he mildly disagrees with Chavez and feels the wrath for going against the “Emperor” and for being a “puppet of Bush”, as Mr. Fox and others have experienced in the past.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chavez is the leading investor in the campaing to elect the wife of his "Argentinian puppy" to the office of president of Argentina. Of course for the always arrogant Argentinians to see their "leaders" and their country as subjects to the whims of the Venezuelan dictator, is painful. Therefore the desicion by Kitchner to fire some people, but for Chavez all is juts another ring in "his circus". Its up to the Argentinian populace to elect their leaders in november, for what we have seen so far, they will elect Kitchner's wife, and they will continue to serve the interests of teh Venezeualn madaman.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another caper from the Bufonlandia Republic of Venezuela.

3:37 PM  
Blogger leftside said...

Carlos, the VP of PDVSA who you were referring to has indeed been canned by Chavez. There goes your argument...

Andres, to make such a serious allegation throughout the course of your piece (about Venezuela funding Kirchner's wife) and then leave yourself backtrack room at the very end is more that a little underhanded. Antonini has now said he will cooperate, which is not what one would expect to hear from a "bagman." Also Maduro did not blame the incident on "north american imperialism," he was talking about the media circus. I mean, come on, does anyone believe this would be a story if we were talking about Peru and Guatemala??

3:50 PM  
Blogger Rob Rufino said...

Chavez ways? Have you read the last unclassified report of the CIA?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

åndêrš, so what if Hugø Chavéz is funding campaigns in Latin America??!! Big deal.
Latin Americans can choose for themselves what ever the hell they want for a government.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big deal fellows is that Emperor Hugo of the Bufonlandia Republic of Venezuela is violating all those countries election laws. Practically all of them have enacted strict campaign rules which prohibit the use of foreign funds to be donated to their political parties and organizations. Those prohibitions aren't just there to prohibit CIA donations they also apply to Bolivarian donations.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Suitcase' culture is spreading all over the world, the person who having money even black money can do anything they wish to do. Definitely it is not an healthy sign for society and the politics...
Clay Desiccant

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

w"stad, september 2008 12.34 pm
mister andres I wish I was granted the salaries you receive from these diferent US agencies to write stupidities about the Bolivarian Revolucion. What is imposible for you and others like you to understand, is that there is no going back, even if you people succeed in killing Chavez.

12:40 PM  

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