HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Foreign Affairs & National Security » Foreign Affairs (Group) » Venezuela furious at Obam...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:13 PM

Venezuela furious at Obama's comments on ailing Chavez

Source: Reuters

Venezuela furious at Obama's comments on ailing Chavez

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis
CARACAS | Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:38pm EST

(Reuters) - Venezuela's government reacted with fury on Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's criticism of ailing Hugo Chavez's "authoritarian" government at a time of national anxiety over his battle to recover from cancer surgery.

In an interview with U.S. network Univision, Obama declined to speculate on the 58-year-old socialist president's health in Cuba, where he is in a delicate state after his fourth operation since mid-2011 for cancer in the pelvic region.

But he did say U.S. policy was aimed at ensuring "freedom" in Venezuela. "The most important thing is to remember that the future of Venezuela should be in the hands of the Venezuelan people. We've seen from Chavez in the past authoritarian policies, suppression of dissent," Obama told Univision.

Those remarks were a red cloth to officials in Caracas where emotions are running high over the future of Chavez and his self-styled revolution in the South American OPEC nation.

-snip-


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/14/us-venezuela-chavez-idUSBRE8BD1D420121214

2 replies, 597 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Venezuela furious at Obama's comments on ailing Chavez (Original post)
Eugene Dec 2012 OP
COLGATE4 Dec 2012 #1
Tarheel_Dem Dec 2012 #2

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:18 PM

1. Venezuela's government reacted with fury

at the U.S.'s ___________________ (fill in the blank with the outrage de jour).

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:14 PM

2. +1

Cancer notwithstanding, everything the president said is correct.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread