Skip to comments.U.S. Says Chavez Provoked Crisis in Venezuela - pleased with outcome
Posted on 04/12/2002 8:50:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday accused the Venezuelan government of ousted President Hugo Chavez of provoking a crisis by ordering Chavez supporters to fire on peaceful demonstrators.
The White House was clearly pleased by the toppling from power of Chavez, whose left-leaning policies frequently angered the U.S. government. Chavez resigned under pressure from military leaders after a huge protest march in Caracas in which at least 10 people were killed and 100 wounded.
"Details are still unclear, but what we do know is that the actions encouraged by the Chavez government provoked a crisis. According to the best information we have, the government suppressed what was a peaceful demonstration of the people," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.
He said Chavez government supporters on orders fired on unarmed, peaceful protesters, resulting in 10 killed and 100 wounded.
He said the United States expressed solidarity with the Venezuelan people and looked forward to working with democratic forces in Venezuela to "restore the essential elements of democracy."
Sounds like George Bush escaped the clutches of his evil twin.
It would not surprise me a bit to discover that the we had people who were active among the opposition, and in contact with the Venezuelan military.
I wonder, who's next?
This fellow was connected to a lot of countries.
"What is your take on the "bless the CIA" angle?"
It's the old American ego in action, the idea that nothing happens in thois world that we didn't have a hand in.
This was the people of Venezuela simply saying "enough"!
189 posted on 4/11/02 9:06 PM Pacific by Luis Gonzalez
I see that the stupid little leftist myth has taken hold in conservative circles. Yeah, the same CIA which help this country avert a disaster on September 11. "The Soviet Union is in great shape" - CIA in 1990. CIA my athlete's foot!
If so, he works fast!!
Ramon Rodriguez, a serving navy officer and close Chavez confidant who was interior minister until the president resigned on Friday morning, was punched by a furious mob as he was led handcuffed to a police vehicle outside an upscale Caracas apartment building.
"He is suspected of responsibility for yesterday's incidents," the mayor of Caracas' Chacao neighborhood, Leopoldo Lopez, told reporters.
Chavez was being detained at a military base, although it was not clear if he had been charged. Rodriguez has been the only one of his former ministers to be arrested, but police have rounded up several men suspected of firing on the huge anti-Chavez protest in central Caracas on Thursday.
Chavez, 47, a former paratrooper, resigned early on Friday under pressure from senior armed forces officers who had lost patience with his confrontational leadership style and left-wing populist politics. [End]
State Dept. Statement on Venezuela - Fri Apr 12, 2:04 PM ET - By The Associated Press [Full Text] The State Department statement Friday on the ouster of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:
In recent days, we expressed our hopes that all parties in Venezuela, but especially the Chavez administration, would act with restraint and show full respect for the peaceful expression of political opinion. We are saddened at the loss of life. We wish to express our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and look forward to working with all democratic forces in Venezuela to ensure the full exercise of democratic rights. The Venezuelan military commendably refused to fire on peaceful demonstrators, and the media valiantly kept the Venezuelan public informed.
Yesterday's events in Venezuela resulted in a transitional government until new elections can be held. Though details are still unclear, undemocratic actions committed or encouraged by the Chavez administration provoked yesterday's crisis in Venezuela.
According to the best information available, at this time: Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans gathered peacefully to seek redress of their grievances. The Chavez government attempted to suppress peaceful demonstrations. Chavez supporters, on orders, fired on unarmed, peaceful protesters, resulting in more than 100 wounded or killed. Venezuelan military and police refused orders to fire on peaceful demonstrators and refused to support the government's role in such human rights violations. The government prevented five independent television stations from reporting on events.
The results of these provocations are: Chavez resigned the presidency. Before resigning, he dismissed the vice president and the cabinet. A transition civilian government has promised early elections.
We have every expectation that this situation of democracy will be resolved peacefully and democratically by the Venezuelan people in accord with the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The essential elements of democracy, which have been weakened in recent months, must be restored fully. We will be consulting with our hemispheric partners, within the framework of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, to assist Venezuela. [End]
I think Chavez might have been giving Castro oil under price in return for "expertise", such as running his street thugs et al.
The CIA which defeated the Red Army in Afghanistan. When Democrats run the CIA from the White House or Congress, diaster ensues. Right now, they don't have that power. And Bush, according to Woodward, signed a secret EO after 9/11 unleashing the agency. You can bet there is decades of frustration waiting to express itself. I believe we have only seen the beginning with Chavez.
Aside from that, just having the good guys in office encourages freedom fighters. The people who kicked out Chavez knew they would not get a warm reception under Clinton or Gore. With Clinton taking bribes from the PRC and PLA and the ChiComs active in Venezuela nobody was about to risk a coup.
Yes, Castro was getting very favorable prices, and he is about $90 - $100 million behind in payments for that oil. I have read some reports that say that Castro is turning around and selling the oil at a nice profit, in which case Chavez was giving oil to Castro so that Castro could rake in some US dollars.
The folks at Langley did a good job. Real good. They've earned their year-end bonuses. :)
Otto Juan Reich was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs on January 11, 2002. He has spent over 30 years in hemispheric affairs, in government, private enterprise, and the U.S. military.
From 1989 to 2001, Ambassador Reich was in private practice, advising U.S. and multinational clients on government relations, market access and strategic planning, as a partner in the Brock Group and later as President of his own consulting firm.
From 1986 to 1989 Ambassador Reich served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, for which he received the highest awards of both the State Department and the Republic of Venezuela. As Special Adviser to the Secretary of State from 1983-1986, he established and managed the inter-agency Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Department of State, which received the Department's Meritorious Honor Award.
From 1981 to 1983 he was Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in charge of U.S economic assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1991 and 1992, as a private citizen and at the request of President George H.W. Bush, Ambassador Reich served as Alternate U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
His prior experience includes service as Washington Director of the Council of the Americas; Community Development Coordinator for the City of Miami, Florida; International Representative of the State of Florida Department of Commerce; and staff assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ambassador Reich's military service included duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army (1967-1969) in the 3rd Civil Affairs Detachment (Airborne), Panama Canal Zone. He received a Bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina (1966) and a Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University (1973). He has appeared regularly in U.S. and Latin America news media and was co-host of CNN International's "Choque de Opiniones," a Spanish-language version of CNN's "Crossfire."
Ambassador Reich has been a Director of numerous private and non-profit corporations.
Events abroad are more germane to the fight for liberty here than most folks realize.
Venezuela's Power Shift Condemned*** Chavez's ouster threw into doubt the budding trade relationship between the two countries. Venezuela is Cuba's No. 1 trade partner. Venezuela had been exporting 53,000 barrels of oil to Cuba daily at preferential terms. CNN's Spanish language network showed Edgar Paredes of Venezuela's oil company saying on Friday, "We aren't going to send a single barrel more to Cuba."****
EX-president of Venezuelan state oil company accuses government of eroding morale ***Other bones of contention were the central government's demand that the company hand over $4.4 billion in dividends last year, forcing PDVSA to borrow $500 million to pay the bill; and the oil sales to Cuba, whose leader, Fidel Castro, is Chavez's longtime mentor. · Chavez has insisted that oil sales continue to Cuba, despite an unpaid $97 million bill for past sales. ***
This will put some pressure on Castro. Who will foot the bill for Castro's oil now - Saddam?
I wonder, would we set up a blockade? After all, this would be one terrorist helping another terrorist 90 miles from our shore.