Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez is on the move. He is ending his country's association with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, he very recently took control of oil projects in Venezuela away from American and European companies basically telling institutions like Chevron and Exxon Mobil that it's a new day and there's new rules starting now. We have an interesting relationship with the man and his country's oil. We are his biggest customer but Venezuelan crude oil imports make up only a small fraction of our overall vampiric appetite. Chavez does not mince words when it comes to his hatred of the Bush administration and America's policies in South America. In September of 2006, Chavez came to New York and called President Bush the devil, which prompted some of the most fervent Bush bashers to say, "Shut up! You can't say that! He's our devil!" It would be stupid not to consider that Hugo Chavez could exert considerable influence on other countries in South America. Could he be trying to change the South American continent from the US's compliant bitch boy to a rebellious continent that is united in its hatred and contempt for the United States and years of domination and imperialism?! Could it be that Mr. Chavez is lining himself up for a sweet little assassination? In 2005, the ever frisky Pat Robertson said that killing Chavez would be a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I know we're a little low on funds right now since all of our monies, resources, troop strength and weapons are tied up in a little investment deal we started awhile ago. But all the same, the fiery rhetoric of Hugo Chavez that, by the way, does not include invading, terrorizing or in any way waging war on the United States could be spun by the White House, cast into the media pool, inhaled by the submissive media, repackaged and broadcast into America's collective consciousness as fighting words and it's fare ye well Hugo and back to the good old days!
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