“How about Venezuela?”
asked Howard Dean the other day,
Dean joked that Santorum should “stay in Virginia,” although he added that the senator was “too much of a right-winger for Virginia. How about Venezuela?”
Venezuela is actually a bit like Vermont of South America. Seeing that the country is ruled by the arch-lefty America-basher and Castro-lover Hugo Chavez, how about some foreign policy briefings for the man who wanted to be the President?
Or, perhaps, a Chávez T-shirt? I hear Zapatero got one on his trip to Caracas, after agreeing to sell Chávez 12 military airplanes (who knew that Spain had a dozen military airplanes to sell? Well, it turns out Spain’s become quite the arms dealer) and 100,000 Russian Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles
Venezuela is acquiring the two obsolete models, which are compatible with rifles used by the FARC, the ELN, and other subversive groups, and, what is more, it is buying 100,000 rifles, 20,000 more than necessary, given that the National Armed Force has only 80,000 members.
Not that Hugo would consider “sharing weapons with subversive groups in the region”?
Dean’s heading to Australia, but Zapatero, before he left Venezuela, was roundly booed by audience an audience of Spaniards living in Venezuela,
But Zapatero did get a lousy pause in his routine. His people had scheduled a meeting with the Spaniards residing in Venezuela (several hundred thousand live in Venezuela). He did not stood them up but he was 2 hours late and lamely presented his excuses (Chavez certainly never bothers to give excuses so at least it shows that Zapatero is polite). Still he was booed several times which rattled him some, obviously not expecting such an un-welcome. Making fun of the way Spaniards speak El Ciudadano in Globovision said as a commentary “os aplaudieron y os pitaron” (not translatable).
I’d dare translate “os aplaudieron y os pitaron” as “they applauded thee and they jeered thee”. Spanish newspaper ABC put it this way, (Daniel’s translation)
Chávez es la esperanza blanca del castrismo fracasado, anacrónico y moribundo, que intuye que su continuidad es inviable en la Isla y que sólo es posible a través del presidente venezolano y del MVR (Movimiento 5ª República), su extravagante, radical y heterogéneo movimiento político.
Chávez is the white hope of the failed castrism anachronic and near death who feels that its continuation is impossible in the Island and that it is only possible through the Venezuelan president and the MVR, its extravagant, radical and heterogeneous political movement.
The ABC article mentions Chávez’s connection to Basque terrorists ETA, and his support of FARC and ELN, all regarded as terrorist organizations by the EU.
I say it’s time to add Venezuela News And Views to the blogroll.
I so wish Howard Dean would visit Venezuela News And Views, or this blog, though.