Monday, August 22

Chávez slams U.S. in show with Castro

The Associated Press reported Chavez had his fourth visit to his papi-chulo in the last nine months. Like any good little puppy, Chavez is getting his TV propaganda techniques from the Mac-Daddy himself. Now that Chavez is going into the TV business with Telesur, I can see that Castro is wanting to make sure he is well prepared. Of course, the AP gladly helps out with a straight out story that makes it look like just another day in Cuba.

I would like to see more on Chavez's imperialism towards Bolivia and Nicaragua. What about his meddling in these countries affairs? I don't see any mention of this in the AP story--but then again, I wasn't expecting that the AP would report the whole truth. That would be out of character for them.
In his fourth visit to Cuba in nine months, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez held his six-hour call-in show in Cuba alongside Fidel Castro and blasted ''U.S. imperialism'' as the greatest global threat.

Associated Press

HAVANA - Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez criticized the United States for recent remarks about his role in Latin America, saying in a Sunday broadcast from Cuba that it is the policies of the U.S. government that are harming the world, not his own.

Chávez spoke alongside Cuban President Fidel Castro during his regular Sunday television and radio show, Aló Presidente, from the western tip of the island, flaunting the close ties between the two leftist leaders that U.S. leaders say are threatening democracy in the region.
So, while they can deny all the want, their joint reaction goes to show that they didn't like the accusation. Everyone knows that getting defensive is not a good sign of innocence. Then again, everyone knows these two are not innocent, so maybe this was just about Chavez getting some air time.

Chávez was responding to remarks Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made on his way home from visits to Paraguay and Peru last week. Referring to social uprisings in Bolivia that have pushed out two presidents in less than two years, Rumsfeld told reporters that Venezuela and Cuba have been influencing the Andean nation ``in unhelpful ways.''

Uneasy about the close relationship between Castro and Chávez, Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials have repeatedly said the two men are fomenting instability in Latin America. Both leaders have consistently denied the accusations.