- Peace Garden: Venezuela: US-Backed Coup Made Chavez Stronger

Venezuela: US-Backed Coup Made Chavez Stronger

Monday, April 11, 2005

Venezuela = Iraq = OIL.

"Three years after dissident generals briefly drove him from power, President Hugo Chavez is stronger than ever, but he is facing increased criticism from the United States as he moves to buy arms and more of his political foes face criminal charges.
Having survived the short-lived coup of 2002, a two-month strike that petered out in 2003 and a presidential recall referendum in 2004, Chavez and his "revolutionary" movement appear unstoppable.
"He is stronger now than he ever was in the past and has successfully managed to use each of these episodes to consolidate his grip on power," said Steve Johnson, a Latin America analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.
The Venezuelan leader is maintaining his popularity as he pours millions of dollars from windfall oil prices into programs for the poor, while increasing the size of the military reserves and brushing aside criticism that his government is cracking down on dissent."

"Venezuela is the world's fifth largest oil exporter and accounts for about 13 percent of U.S. crude oil imports." Now we know why Chavez may be joining the Evil Empire hit list. He may have to wait two years to greet our troops. That's how long the reports are saying we may be staying in Iraq. Now if Iran and Syria will just cooperate and be "one with the Force of W" we'd be able to handle Chavez a lot sooner. But those crazy Rapture non-believing entities....

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