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Seriously How Are We Supposed To React To This?

morph.jpgYou wanted your stoopid hope 'n change? Well here's your stoopid hope 'n change, via Al Giordano:

During a State Department press briefing this morning in Washington by Acting Department Spokesman Robert Wood, he fielded the first question on Latin American relations in two weeks of these daily briefings. From the State Department transcript:

QUESTION: Is the U.S. Government concerned about this election, this referendum on -- in Venezuela on the 15th of February, and Chavez trying to stay in power?

MR. WOOD: Look, that's an internal matter with regard to Venezuela, and I don't have anything more to say on that.

Oh! So it's an "internal matter," is it? So we have to like go "in" to Venezuela to deal with the matter, is that it, Mr. Wood? So just how do you propose we overthrow the democratically elected government this time, MR. WOOD? Tell us, Al:
This newly-stated respect for Venezuela's internal governance marks a clear break from previous US policy that regularly sought to meddle in the country's democratic affairs.


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Oh noes! That picture hurts my heart.

Utpal Author Profile Page:

Otto: now now now ... no dirty thoughts!

Actually there are rumors that Shannon might be replaced by Arturo Valenzuela, which may not be bad.

otto Author Profile Page:

He said "Mister Wood"

He said "internal"


everyone is confused. i find that funny.

ct Author Profile Page:

I thought it was trying to say that chavistas aren't desperate for coup-like activity to fuel a propaganda coup of our own.

If they're not going to install any more dictatorships, that's cool.

That picture is like 'The Fly' gone wrong.


Please unmuddy your point.

You think Wood is insincere? (Obama letting USAID pursue its evil meddling in Venezuela, while avowing clean hands--i.e., lying?)

You think Al Giordano is Simon Romero (shill for yet another U.S. corpo/fascist government)? Or Giordano is naive? (Both are hard to believe--nigh impossible.)

Myself? I think Obama has dialed down the rhetoric--from "dictator" and "authoritarian demagogue" to "harmful to the progress of the region" (or some such), and may be doing a JFK (backchannel to Castro, assuring no invasion, seeking peace and end to the Cold War).

I was actually surprised by this State Dept. Q&A. I thought we'd see more blustery BS (as cover?) before we saw the real policy emerge (far less stupid, maybe even smart). Believe me, I'm not naive about U.S. corpo/fascist intentions or about Obama & his team. (I think the team is bad--but not quite as bad as John Negroponte, and that Obama is a good guy but wants to live to a ripe old age.)

Anyway, even just lip service to Latin American sovereignty (even if Exxon Mobil still lurks and sulks behind it) is something, ain't it? Maybe a hint of a new direction? I guess we should check the USAID-NED budget before we jump to any conclusions. (We can't check the black budgets.) But I'm thinking Lulu may already be having an effect for the good. Maybe, maybe...

Bosque Author Profile Page:

That picture made me feel unhappy.

Dude, don't scare me with that picture. I'm going to have nightmares.

Big Al Author Profile Page:

dude that is one fucked up picture.

Eeek! It's DUBYOBAMA!!!

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