Archive for October 24th, 2006

The gang that could not keep a story straight…and lost

October 24, 2006

Today, Foreign
Minister Nicolas Maduro, gave
a long press conference
where he clearly stated that a number of options
are being considered and that Venezuela will not desist of its candidacy unless
Guatemala withdraws first and the US “cease its gross pressure and blackmail”
as opposed I guess to Chavez’ own gross
pressure and true blackmail.

But… then
comes silly Evo Morales and announces that not only is Venezuela giving up its candidacy in favor of Bolivia’s, but that he talked “last night” to Venezuela’s Ambassador Julio
Montes (The guy that
that wants
to bleed for the Bolivian revolution, forgetting than in the
Bolivarian revolution, the only bleeders are those hat oppose it) and to Chavez
himself, who told him that since Venezuela could not get the two thirds majority, he
is giving it up in favor of Bolivia.

Thus, it
appears as if Maduro, as he was putting up a tough revolutionary face and show in front
of the press, had already been short-circuited or ignored by his boss the
almighty autocrat. It certainly appears as if Venezuela and Bolivia don’t speak the same
language, as their leaders and Ministers contradict themselves almost daily (remember the
2, 10 or 20 border forts depending on who you talked to

This is
actually a somewhat sad ending to the whole affair. Had Chavez been willing to
talk to Guatemala both countries could have withdrawn and an alternative found,
which would have given both Guatemala and Venezuela a graceful exit. Now,
Guatemala says it
is still in the race and it seems hard to believe Venezuela can endorse Bolivia
all of its votes. Thus, it looks like Guatemala will win tomorrow, taking along
the “myth” of “knee on the ground”, “defeating the empire” and Venezuela’s “independence
and “strength”. In fact, this sounds so much like that fateful night on Feb. 4th
1992, where Chavez had his “knee on the ground”, but in the end chickened out,
as he has every time things have gotten tough in his life.

What will
Maduro say tomorrow? Bet on “The Empire has been defeated”, “We fought with dignity” and “Evo misunderstood Chavez”. Sooooo predictable!

But in the end, the position was Venezuela’s to lose and clearly Chavez managed to do everything in his power to lose, by showing the same lack of respect for people and institutions that he has shown Venezuelans for the last eight years.

can at least keep a secret for a while longer, as a Deputy from that country’s Congress
who supported Ollanta Humala’s candidacy revealed today,
four months after the election of Alan Garcia, that the Venezuelan Embassy gave
former Presidential candidate Ollanta Humala four million dollars for his
campaign. Chavez has always denied this, but I imagine the money came from Chavez’
pocket money and family’s wealth, no?)

From today’s news with comments

October 24, 2006

Minister of Defense on
the agreement
to have Venezuela
finance and build 10 or 20 military forts: “These agreements are not to attack
anyone, nor to defend ourselves from anyone, these is related to the new times
we are living in”

Well, I
knew of military forces to attack or defend, but the only neutral army I know
is the Swiss Army, and they do defend the Pope, no? So what’s the point?

Chavez to a debate: “I request of Fidel (Castro) that he give
permission and advice Chavez to accept the debate”

I guess
Rosales is busy in the campaign trail; dead men don’t give permission or argue
with anyone

leader on a possible debate between Chavez and Rosales: “You and the country,
all of you know the characteristics of President Chavez and those of Rosales,
in a debate now, Rosales would be defeated, it would be a fight of a donkey against
a tiger”

These guys
can’t even keep their logic straight for a single sentence, if he mentions
Chavez first and Rosales second, and then says donkey versus tiger, guess who
is the donkey? I bet he does not even get it yet…

of Communications William Lara after
Cabinet today: Chavez is the most democratic President of Venezuela’s
Republican life”

Two coups,
three years advocating the overthrow of the Government, does not accept debate,
never talks to the opposition, does not recognize democratically elected
Presidents that are not his friends. Ummm, did he forget to say in this

Service this morning (Can’t find link): “There will be rains once again this
afternoon in the Valley
of Caracas”.

It did not
rain for the first time in the last ten afternoons.

Venezuelan Deputies from the 100% controlled Chavez controlled National
Assembly participated
today in the take over
of a Coca Cola plant, threatening to expropriate the
company if they don’t pay the workers what they say they are due.

The case
has been in the Courts for years, but there has been no decision, I guess the
Deputies do not trust the Chavista overhauled Justice System.