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  • Clinton’s Diplomatic Disconnect on Venezuela

    Hugo Chavez

    Secretary of State Clinton’s congratulatory message to Venezuela on its independence day reflects the State Department’s continued inability to craft a coherent strategy for Venezuela. The friendly message claims ingenuously:

    We [the U.S. and Venezuela] share a common history of emancipation and democratic aspiration.

    Yet, in reality, it is hard to see how Venezuela—with its historic oscillations between political strongmen, oligarchic elites, and the current Bolivarian Revolution of President Hugo Chavez—compares with the course of liberty and democratic governance in the United States. The congratulatory note continues undeterred:

    The development of our nations has been driven by common values and a belief in individual liberties, fundamental civil rights such as freedom of speech and expression, and a right to self-determination. Living up to these values is our shared responsibility.

    Yet, if we share common values, why has Secretary Clinton voiced deep concerns about Venezuela—as she did during a July 3 address to the Community of Democracies:

    Venezuela’s leaders have tried to silence independent voices that seek to hold that government accountable.

    Venezuela’s combative foreign minister Nicolas Maduro lashed out the Secretary in response.

    Secretary Clinton, Maduro claimed, has become “obsessive” about Venezuela. He charged the U.S. with engaging in a systematic “policy of intrigue, aggression and desperation” against his country. With propagandistic bombast, Maduro added, “the people of the United States would like to have the political and social rights and freedoms of the Venezuelan people.”

    The State Department should spend less time sending congratulatory messages to tyrants and more time worrying about the dangers posed by a Venezuela that operates in support of Middle Eastern terrorism, threatens U.S. interests and security, and endangers democracy in the Americas.

    While an independence day message may seem innocuous enough, it is emblematic of the frequent diplomatic disconnects that occur within the U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy toward Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and all the other nations that mean us harm.

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    6 Responses to Clinton’s Diplomatic Disconnect on Venezuela

    1. favel vaisberg, cara says:

      Youre absolutely right, but I believe she was congratulating the venezuelan PEOPLE, not Hugo Chavez or his men.

    2. Ross Wild says:

      "U.S. interest and security"…like you say, Venezuela is not interested in your security, that is your problem, and is less interested in yours "interests" too -as they are in strong opposition with almost all the rest of the world.

      Why the world have to go around on U.S.??? a country where liberty is tied up to "security", where democracy depends on which one, where reporters (like you) disappears or go in jail -have you ever read HRW report on U.S.???

    3. Leo Rangel says:

      Venezuela should copy the style and democratic system of the US by using killers drones, invade poorly defenseless countries,use terrorism as an excuse to fight it,have an election system with manual counting features that make it so easy to cheat for convenience of the candidates and then having senators for life.Give immunity to Banksters. that will turn our great country Venezuela in a "democracy" US style.

    4. Dennis Long, Kansas says:

      It is much more likely that she was kissing a little Venezuelan booty after that recent excange. This administration is ALL about appeasement. Someone should give them copies of a good history book concerning the build-up to WW II, and Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler.

      That and a copy of the U.S. Constitution (annotated, since they apparently can't comprehend the original language)

    5. William Hicklin, Vir says:

      Yeah, I'm sure "Ross Wild" and "Leo Rangel" are these Venezuelans' real names. Hugo's agitprop agents monitor the Intertubes constantly for any mention of his name.

      By the way, what's your inflation rate up to? Any meat in the stores today?

    6. Jude,US says:

      Hilary Clinton is much less a diplomat than a grim-faced Soros.

      She so offended a Quatar official with lashing criticism, that he refused to offer aid in Libya, until an ally evidently enlisted him

      per their mutual state interests,

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