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Thursday, October 18, 2007


There is no mystery about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's intent on destabilizing U.S.-backed Latin American democracies: he says so on his own government's website. Find out what Chavez is doing with U.S. $$$ reading the full column here, and let us know what you think.


Blogger Frank said...


I read your column all the time and most of the time it makes sense. But to say that US allies in Central and Latin America are democracies is a big stretch.

Given the history of how we have dealt with Latin countries, it is no surprise that other points of view other than the usual have a broad following. We should also stop pouring money to Columbia and Mexico for so called war on drugs. Those funds and personnel are not being provided to fight drugs; they are meant to fight discontent and to protect our interests. Fighting drugs is not in our national interest right now as it is evident by its great supply and falling prices.


3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres: Finally a comment that makes sense, how in the world is Bush reluctant to ban all oil imports from Venezuela. As soon as Iran gets his atomic bomb, Venezuela, or Cuba, or Nicaragua will provide a base to hot the USA. Everybody shall demand that Bush ban all oil imports from Venezuela.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about the exact figures in terms of money, but I am convinced that Chavez's game is of a businessman: as long as he keeps the region fairly unstable and the appearance of conflict, the oil prices will keep at high levels. If the oil were to go down to old levels such as 17 or 20 dollars a barrel, the loses for Venezuela would be humangous. As soon as the US starts puting its foot down on Chavez, he backs off, because he doesn't want to have a conflict with the US, but the appearance of one. How can't you spot a good businessman when you see one?

7:03 AM  
Blogger Carlos Erban said...

Unfortunately, Oil producing countries in the Middle East and Russia are not a better option for the U.S. The Cuban embargo might have had an effect because tourism is their main industry and the U.S was only a few miles away. Oil is a commodity. I don't foresee an embargo because it would be horrible for both countries. However, Chavez is paranoid, and Venezuela is getting ready for a possible embargo in the future. As a matter of fact, it may come from Venezuela to the U.S. Chavez was able to withstand a 6 month stoppage with little international reserves, which are now near $40 billion -- more than enough to keep Venezuela afloat for at least year. Our best solution is to start seriously implementing fuel alternatives so that we don't have to depend on the Middle East, Russia or Venezuela to keep driving our SUVs with cheap fuel

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

åndèrš, what a bunch of crap. The amount of Americans driving "gas guzzlers" is negligible. Even the small, fuel efficeint cars get fuel that comes from Venezuela, among other places. I think you are trying to destroy the American automobile industry in a sly, subtle way.
Hugo Chavez can spend his money any damn way he wants to. If he wants to support opposition groups in countries allied to the USA, good for him, that is in response to George Bush funding opposition parties in Venezuela.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexico and Central American governments must not like what Venezuela's Chavez is up to, how would the US like it if anti-government or far-left groups were being funded in the US by Venezuela's Chavez... who knows, he may be doing just that.
I think it is time for Latin American governments, on behalf of their people, to stand up to the clown prince of venezuela and tell him where to stuff his meddling oil money.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.S.-backed Latin American democracies? What a contradicition!

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is the Bolivian poor who will really pay the first bills of Hugo Chaves's adventures and ego. They are already paying a terrible price of growing hate and suspicion between races and classes and regions here. This is something truly shocking for Bolivians who for the most part are very decent and live and let live kind of folks

As one who has lived in Bolivia for 15 years and work and live with the poorest of the poor rural Quechua settlers in Eastern Bolivia, (I work and live with a ton of people just like Evo Morales) I know them well I also know a ton of "Cambas" (the mestizos of Eastern Bolivia). They are both good folks and it hurts to see them being taught to hate each other.

I have to let you know that the situation is as bad as it has ever been in Bolivia. The sides are now completely polarized with the collapse of the constitutional assembly and vice president has pretty much called for class and ethnic conflict and violence to force a massive move toward socialism that will pit the urban areas of six departments against the rural areas (not just Santa Cruz anymore). The ironic thing is the indigenous folks I know well aren't really very socialist at all. That is a myth of the elitist left here in Bolivia.

The joke here in Bolivia is that Nasa was very surpised to find a Quechua guy on the moon selling moon rocks when Nasa landed men on the moon. Quechua nor Aymara are socialist. Some are zero sum, but not socialist for sure.

Watch Bolivia very very close in the next few days and weeks. The pot is about to boil over. Oh that Hugo would have let Evo win the nobel peace prize! It might have caused him to think twice about things.

It is scary in Bolivia now, Evo has big problems with inflation and fuel shortages and the collapse of the constitutional assembly. The time is ripe for a lot of very ugly things to happen here. Voices on both sides see are calling for violence.

Please call the international press to keep a close eye on Bolivia.

Evo is now in the position Mandela was in South Africa. He can either cause the country to burn, or do like Mandela did, and back away from the brink and keep peace.

The future of Bolivia (and Chaves's wider dreams as well) look like they will play out in the next few days and weeks in Bolivia.

We are on the brink and Evo holds all the cards. Pray that Morales listens to his better true indigenous voices (that really aren't socialist at all) and not voices from Venezuela.

12:53 AM  

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