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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Mack the Dull Knife

The indispensable Oil Wars blog had an interesting post recently that revealed that Congress, at the urging of Florida Rep. Connie Mack, amended the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2005 so that it allows the US to "initiate radio and television broadcasts that will provide a consistently accurate, objective, and comprehensive source of news to Venezuela."

An example of this sohttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif-called objectivity, and what a load of crap that description is, can be found in Mack's own comments, which include:
“The United States has sent a message that we will not turn a blind eye as Hugo Chavez continues to snuff-out freedom and hijack Venezuela from its citizens.”

…and…

“Hugo Chavez is an enemy of freedom and of those who support and promote it. He is a threat to the United States and stands to undermine the balance of power in the Western Hemisphere. Today America has sent a message that we will not turn a blind eye as Hugo Chavez continues to snuff-out freedom and hijack Venezuela from its citizens.”

Undoubtedly, Mack, like his brethren in the White House, prefer the temporary government set up during the US-backed coup several years ago, which failed when the people demanded Chavez be re-instated (he has since won re-election by a wide margin). The coup government immediately suspended the constitution and closed the nation's elected legislature – that's the type of democracy the imperialists love.

Chavez is loved by his nation because he has taken back some of the oil profits and spent it on education, job-creation and health care for the poor, which is just about everyone. By all measures, the standard of living has improved under his presidencies, and by golly the oil companies are still making money hand over fist.

Such success bothers the US because it is what Noam Chomsky calls the "threat of a good example." Already other Latin American and South American nations are noticing and are rejecting the US-imposed economic reforms that have failed so wildly for everyone except the corporations that make money from these nations' natural resources.

Spend some time on the Oil Wars blog and check out some of the Venezuala resource web sites listed there.

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