Saturday, February 04, 2006

Venezuela's Political Disaster - February 4, 2006

Dear Journalists:

On this date of February 4, fourteen years after Chavez's first organized coup attempt against the Venezuelan government, it seems that the corruption that Chavez wanted to overthrow is now his very own. His speeches about defeating the filthy rich and elite can be easily be put to his name since he has allegedly become filthy rich with the oil earnings that he has taken from Venezuelans and is surrounded by an elite group of individuals living it off including foreign governments that he supports financially and ideologically against the United States.
Attached below please find parts of transcript from broadcast of February 3 reporting Chavez's recent activities including invitation to Hamas to visit Venezuela. (The text in reference is at the end of this message).

Please read the two most recent postings in my blog which I did not e-mail to the international press as I usually do.


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Text from February 3, 2006

"Today, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez reunited with one of his closest political allies, Fidel Castro. Now, Chavez traveled to Cuba to receive an award from Castro. This pair of leaders have been verbally aggressive to Washington for years, and Chavez calls the United States the world's greatest menace, and has accused President Bush of trying to overthrow his government. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shot back yesterday, comparing Chavez to Adolph Hitler. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)DONALD RUMSFELD, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: We've got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money. He's a person who was elected legally, just as Adolph Hitler was elected legally, and then consolidated power, and now is, of course, working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr. Morales and others. (END VIDEO CLIP)PILGRIM: Now, Lucia Newman is in Havana with more on the Castro- Chavez alliance -- Lucia.LUCIA NEWMAN, CNN HAVANA BUREAU CHIEF: Hello, Kitty. Well, at this moment, President Hugo Chavez and President Fidel Castro are preparing to get together. This is Hugo Chavez' 15th trip to Havana. He arrived last night, and in just a short while he will be receiving an award, a UNESCO award at Cuba's Plaza of the Revolution. He will get it from President Castro himself. Now, all this is happening, just as you've mentioned, as relations between Venezuela and the United States deteriorate almost by the minute. It started with Secretary Rumsfeld's comment about Chavez being similar to Hitler. But now this war of the words has deteriorated even further. It's become more serious. Yesterday, President Chavez announced the expulsion of a U.S. Navy attache at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. And this morning, Washington responded in kind by expelling a Venezuelan diplomat in D.C.Now, President Chavez is certain to be conferring with his closest friend and ally, President Fidel Castro, about these matters, a man who has more than 47 years of experience, Kitty, at being at odds, to say the least, with Washington. PILGRIM: Lucia, how much of a real threat is the Chavez-Castro connection? Or is it symbolic? NEWMAN: It depends on your point of view. Obviously from the point of view of the White House, it is a threat. More and more countries and governments in Latin America are turning towards the left and are listening to this anti-U.S. rhetoric, if you like, that's coming from not only from Havana now, but also from Caracas. Certainly the new president of Bolivia has joined this twosome, now a threesome, he says, of anti-imperialists. And of course they're referring to at least an ideological war against the United States -- Kitty. PILGRIM: All right. Thanks very much. Lucia Newman. Thanks, Lucia. Now, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may soon be playing host to Hamas. Leaders of the Islamic militant group say they will tour South America, including Venezuela. Hamas has called for the destruction of Israel. Hugo Chavez, meanwhile, has called Israel, along with the United States, chief enemies of Latin America. Hamas last week won the Palestinian election in a landslide victory."