Friday, December 07, 2007

world now safe for democracy 

This guy is obviously drunk on power and will stop at nothing:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will step down when his current term expires in 2013, following the defeat of his reform proposals.


In his first public statement that he would step down as planned, Mr Chavez said: "The reforms did not get passed, so I will have to leave power in 2013."

You'd really have to be born yesterday to fall for this transparent bait-and-switch tactic. Clearly he's just trying to lull the opposition into a false sense of security before he pulls the rug out from under them and declares himself president-for-life. The very structure of his sentence drips with insincerity.

The BBC reporter must have known there was a sure promotion in his future after writing this one up. Just pluck that quote right out of context, let the whole world seethe at the tyrant's dissembling, and BAM! Bureau Chief!

Or maybe Chavez has decided that Venezuela is a backwater that can't contain his overweening ambitions. Maybe he's fixin' to get his U.N. Secretary-General on after 2013...once his blue-helmeted legions encircle the globe, every nation will obey or suffer under the iron heel of milk shortage, be forced to listen to 14 hour Cadenas, and dissenting journalists will be expelled into outer space! Let's see you write an apologia for that, gullible lefty Manichean beyotches!

UPDATE: Interesting discussion of US media distortions of Venezuela on Counterspin this week. The discussion starts around minute 17.


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