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Old 03-14-2007, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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What is going to happen with Venezuelan president Chavez?

Will USA stop the financial support for military equipment?

Will we start purchasing oil/gas from another country?

Will his own country men take matters on their hand and stop this situation?

Your views.....
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Nothing, no, no, and no.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:20 PM
 
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I was watching him on C-Span and he was going into a tirade about how George Washington was a loser and bafoon in his words. I kept thinking he meant to say George Bush and not George Washington. He also went on and on about his hatred of American and its history.

I take it we wont see him at Disneyland anytime soon !!
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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he sucks, is a commie baffoon just like Fidel Castro and Osama bin ladin
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:34 PM
 
Location: 78218
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Will his own country men take matters on their hand and stop this situation?:
The majority of his country men voted him in. What situation are you speaking of?
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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no no and h*** no
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Default Chavez in context

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The majority of his country men voted him in. What situation are you speaking of?
Chavez is one of those figures who is either really loved or really hated. Venezuelans seem to either worship him or despise him - much like Latin American demagogues of the past. Apparently a few more love him than hate him if the last elections in Venezuela were accurate. But the anti-Chavistas are quite politically diverse - they range from right wingers to socialists. I do think the constant US attacks on Chavez have caused him to gain popularity - just as Castro and Peron were able to build support with anti-US rhetoric. (This suggests that any further US action against Venezuela would make Chavez more popular than ever)

Interesting that most of the US Chavez fan club is non-Latino white with little knowledge of Latin American history. US Latinos whom I know and talk to - including immigrants - view him as just another populist demagogue who is a brilliant speaker but who is out to line his own pocketbooks, and is able to exist because of the failure of the political system. Nothing new in Latin America, a region that has had self styled "men of destiny" preaching social justice to enrich themselves and put themselves in power since independence. The American "Chavistas" seem to admire him just because he's anti-Bush (not realizing that the enemy of one's enemy is not always one's friend) and is, truthfully, a brilliant speaker (no one can deny that he is a master of political speech in the Spanish language - as much as I dislike him I admit he is a superb orator, just like Castro and most Latin American demagogues).
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Old 03-15-2007, 03:17 PM
 
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I see the first signs already of Venezuala's ecomony turning down and his best and brightest leaving his country. Sure, let his scientists and entrepanuers move to the U.S., our gain, his loss.
He is repeating EXACTLY what Castro did, nationalizing his industries, defaulting on contracts with international suppliers, increasing his rhetoric against the US, etc. His oil profits will only get him so far - it's like any business, you have to have customers that know you are dependable. No one will invest in Venezuala, no one will sign contracts with Venezuala. His economy is destined to collapse in a year.
He isn't a problem to the U.S., he's a problem to his own country. Lets hope he doesn't consolidate his power too much before the economy is going to tank and the people are ready to kick him out.
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Old 03-15-2007, 03:30 PM
 
Location: 78218
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It seem like every other day a latin American country elects a Leftist president. Our only "friend" down there is Colombia.
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Old 03-15-2007, 03:40 PM
 
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It seem like every other day a latin American country elects a Leftist president. Our only "friend" down there is Colombia.
Also Calderon in Mexico, and most of the Central American governments (is it a coincidence that the most right wing countries in Latin America send large numbers of their people to the USA?)

The US has to accept the same sort of moderate leftist governments that it used to have the CIA overthrow in Brazil and Chile because they see Lula, Bachelet, Tabare Vasquez in Uruguay, etc. as being preferrable to the populist demagogues like Chavez, Morales, Correa, Ortega, etc. (Kirchner in Argentina lies between the moderate social democrats like Lula and Bachelet on one hand and the more radical leftist demagogues like Chavez and Morales on the other)
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