Venezuelan Presidential Candidate Henrique Capriles is calling for a recount, after Nicolas Maduro was declared the winner of the Venezuelan Presidential election on Sunday. Official results show Maduro winning a surprisingly close vote.
The gushing, almost angelic praise for Hugo Chavez by the left in America and around the world has been shocking to behold, but hardly surprising. I will not bother repeating the litany here. Rather, I’d like to focus on another surreal aspect of Chavez’s death—namely, the rush to preserve and display his body, so the faithful may pilgrimage and pay homage for decades to come.
When it came to thundering against the “Yankee imperialists!” Hugo Chavez sure talked a good one. But despite his bluster and monkeyshines he wasn’t crazy enough to lift a finger against his top customer, or even wish him (genuine) harm. It’s impolitic to reveal, but the U.S. is –by far--the biggest customer for Venezuelan oil. Hugo Chavez was our fourth largest oil supplier, behind only Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
A chess piece has fallen in Latin America. The road to prosperity and peace for the citizens of many countries -- probably even yours -- runs through the recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and a counterintuitive deal between two nations.
Events this week showed that in the pantheon of heroes for America’s liberal elite Hugo Chavez was a pathetic D-lister. The Venezuelan buffoon never amassed even a teeeeeenzy fraction of Fidel Castro’s U.S. celebrity, tycoon and politician fan-base.
Hugo Chavez clawed his way to total power the way other demagogues
and thugs -- from Lenin to Peron to Castro to Correa -- have done, by
promising to redistribute the nation's wealth (Lenin and Castro also used
guns). Like them, Chavez maintained power by crippling the democratic
institutions of his nation
What? Do even Latin American caudillos die? Apparently, according to the latest and last medical bulletin on the health (or lack thereof) of Hugo Chavez, perpetually re-electable president of Venezuela.
Meandering through the articles in the New York Times can occasionally be instructive as opposed to the normal of being infuriating. The thing is that they are oblivious to how they have educated you.
"Our dependence on, in many cases, anti-American oil -- Saudi oil, Nigerian oil, Venezuelan oil and the rest -- will continue to rise, transferring our remaining wealth to the stand-out Shariah states, kleptocracies and Marxist states of the world, further entrenching that 'oasis of interdependence and cooperation.'"
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