In a right bit of fair play, the U.S. has decided to play quid-pro-quo and is booting the Venezuelan Ambassador after Venezuelan High Lord, Emperor, Dictator, President Hugo Chavez expelled the U.S. Ambassador to “show solidarity with Bolivia”
“He has 72 hours, from this moment, the Yankee ambassador in Caracas, to leave Venezuela,” Chavez told a crowd of supporters. “When there’s a new government in the United States, we’ll send an ambassador. A government that respects Latin America.”
The president said he was making the moves “in solidarity with Bolivia and the people of Bolivia.”
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday accused the United States of fomenting a coup d’etat by rich eastern department landowners against him, and he called for the U.S. ambassador to leave for allegedly encouraging those protesters.
For the past two weeks, the demonstrators in the country’s richer eastern lowlands have been protesting Morales’ plans to redistribute the country’s natural gas revenues.
My favorite is that not only did we boot their Ambassador, we decide to let the world know that they work closely with drug dealing, kidnapping thugs.
Separately, the U.S. Treasury Department accused Friday two senior Venezuelan intelligence officials — Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios and Henry de Jesus Rangel Silva — and one former official — Ramon Rodriguez Chacin — of assisting leftist rebels in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, with narcotics trafficking.
“Today’s designation exposes two senior Venezuelan government officials and one former official who armed, abetted and funded the FARC, even as it terrorized and kidnapped innocents,” said Adam J. Szubin, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a statement.
He claimed the same thing in 2006 when I was doing a Southcom deployment. He seems to say the same thing quite often. You know what they say about people who repeat things they make up…
After thinking about the comment from Vicente (see below) I thought an update was in order. Why? Because I think Vicente has a great point. Colombia is a country doing great things, and having heard General Monotoya speak, I believe that the future of Colombia and the future of the U.S. are closely intertwined.
South America is a region very close to violent turmoil. Not to disparage the violence occurring there as perpetrated by groups such as the FARC, but it can get much worse. I personally can’t tell if the events of the past few weeks (Russian ships and aircraft going to Venezuela, Ambassador musical chairs (last one standing when the music stops is outta here!)) are a plan on the part of Chavez to assert his power in the region, or a game of chess played by higher powers through the proxy of South America.
Either way, I think we’re standing in treacherous waters. And the unpredictable nature of President Chavez means that the soundings never check with chart.