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U.S. withholds support for reinstated Chavez.

Reuters. 15 April 2002. U.S. withholds support for reinstated Chavez.
WASHINGTON -- The United States on Monday withheld support for reinstated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying his return to power over the weekend did not amount to a full restoration of Venezuelan democracy.

The Bush administration was clearly pleased when the military forced President Chavez out of office early on Friday of last week and appeared caught by surprise when the tide turned again in Chavez's favor on Sunday.

A senior U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said the political future of Chavez and Venezuela remained uncertain.

"It's not totally clear exactly where certain players are and what the status of things is... There is no absolute in terms of where the situation stands," he said.

Another senior official cast doubt on Chavez's legitimacy.

[N.B.] "He was democratically elected. He won a majority of votes. Legitimacy is something that is conferred not just by a majority of votes, however," he said.

The United States has a long history of intervening to overthrow leftist and populist leaders in Latin America. Venezuela is especially important to U.S. interests because it exports 1.5 million barrels of oil a day to the U.S. market.

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a liberal think-tank on Latin American affairs, said the Bush White House was the big loser from events in Venezuela.

"Whether there is evidence or not, there is not a political person in Latin America who doesn't believe that the CIA played some kind of role in the short-lived ouster of Venezuela's President Chavez," it said.
wow 15.Apr.2002 23:54

pleasantly surprised

"The United States has a long history of intervening to overthrow leftist and populist leaders in Latin America."

Good Lord -- Reuters said this? Wow. Everybody clip this one for the next time sheeple tell you that we don't do that stuff. Here it is in b/w in a corporate source.

sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. Of course, who knows how many papers or stations will actually use that sentence in their own stories....

legitimacy 16.Apr.2002 04:50

zach

[N.B.] "He was democratically elected. He won a majority of votes.
Legitimacy is something that is conferred not just by a majority of
votes, however," he said.

Not just conferred by a majority of votes? Where is the Florida recount when we need it?

WHO'S REALLY LEGITIMATE???? The winner by majority of votes or the winner by court trial?
No sense talking about a coup unless you can back your own up, USA.

US vs Chavez 16.Apr.2002 11:34

Ravi

USA, your credibility regarding your stated "love of democracy" is Zero.