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Venezuela Accuses US Of Giving Chavez Cancer

From CNN:

Hugo Chavez, influential leader with mixed record, dies at 58

By Mariano Castillo and Osmary Hernandez | March 6, 2013

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) — Hugo Chavez, the polarizing president of Venezuela who cast himself as a "21st century socialist" and foe of the United States, died Tuesday, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro…

A "mixed record"? "Polarizing"? How harsh. (Not.)

Once a foiled coup-plotter, the swashbuckling former paratrooper was known for lengthy speeches on everything from the evils of capitalism to the proper way to conserve water while showering. He was the first of a wave of leftist presidents to come to power in Latin America in the last dozen years.

Huh? What about Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega and all the other leftist dictators who proceeded him?

Chavez leaves a revolutionary legacy…

Chavez redirected much of the country’s vast oil wealth, which increased dramatically during his tenure, to massive social programs for the country’s poor. He expanded the portfolio of the state-owned oil monopoly to include funding for social "missions" worth millions of dollars…

He "redirected much of the country’s vast oil wealth," all right. According to a 2010 report from Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a global risk assessment and threat mitigation firm estimated that the Chavez family assets totaled between $1 and $2 billion dollars.

The vast majority of these assets are oil related and were controlled by Hugo himself prior to his death. CJIA estimates that the Chavez family and hundreds of other criminal organization have "subtracted $100 billion out of the nearly $1 trillion in oil income made by Venezuela’s state controlled oil company since 1999.

But Chavez also leaves a legacy of repression against politicians and private media who opposed him…

An affable, if sometimes bombastic, man, Chavez had a disarming manner that even his critics could not deny…

Some called his style buffoonish, but he spoke like an ordinary Venezuelan — not like a bureaucrat — and voters reacted positively…

Chavez could also be secretive. He was slow to publicly admit that he had cancer, and never shared what type of cancer affected him…

As a child, he was an altar boy who went on to develop a great love of baseball…

Chavez became more authoritarian over the years…

But he was so "disarming."

Here is some of Mr. Chavez’s winning ways, as reported by the Wall Street Journal:

Venezuela Takes Page From Cuban Playbook

Caracas Accuses Washington of Destabilization Plot and Its ‘Historic Enemies’ of Inducing Chávez’s Cancer

By EZEQUIEL MINAYA and DAVID LUHNOW | March 5, 2013

CARACAS—Shortly before announcing that Hugo Chávez died, Venezuela’s government resorted to one of the late president’s favorite ploys to try to unite his supporters: allege a conspiracy by the U.S. to destabilize the country.

Vice President Nicolás Maduro kicked out two U.S. military attachés for allegedly plotting against Venezuela and even suggested that Washington may have been behind Mr. Chávez’s cancer.

"Cuba’s playbook"? It sounds more like Obama’s playbook against Mitt Romney.

"Behind all of [the plots] are the enemies of the fatherland," Mr. Maduro said on state television, flanked by the entire cabinet, state governors and Venezuela’s military commanders…

Was Jimmy Carter one of their informants? Danny Glover? (See below.)

Mr. Maduro also suggested that the country’s "historic enemies," a phrase long used in Venezuela to refer to the U.S. and its allies, may have caused Mr. Chávez’s cancer. He said the country would likely discover in the future that Mr. Chávez "was attacked with this illness."

The Obama administration, which has been hoping for closer relations with Venezuela following years of antagonism from Mr. Chávez, rejected the allegations.

"We completely reject the Venezuelan government’s claim that the United States is involved in any type of conspiracy to destabilize the Venezuelan government. We reject the specific allegations against members of our Embassy," said State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell.

"An assertion that the United States was somehow involved in causing President Chávez’s illness is absurd, and we definitively reject it," said Mr. Ventrell…

We believe them. In fact, we suspect that most of the administration is in mourning.

Meanwhile, we have this from the Associated Press:

Venezuelans pour into streets to mourn Hugo Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of anguished Venezuelans poured into the streets of downtown Caracas crying, hugging each other and shouting slogans in support of President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death Tuesday.

Clusters of women with tears streaming down their faces clung to each other and wept near the Miraflores presidential palace. Some wore T-shirts with slogans that read "Go forward commander!"

Nearby, men with grim and somber faces pumped their arms in the air while shouting "Long live Chavez! Long live Chavismo!"

Apparently, these men misunderstood the news reports.

People also gathered outside the military hospital where Chavez died. Soldiers in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder guarding the complex.

"I feel such big pain I can’t even speak," said Yamilina Barrios, a 39-year-old office worker weeping at a street corner. "He was the best thing the country had … I adore him. Let’s hope the country calms down and we can continue the tasks he left us." …

Coincidentally, March 5 marked the 60th anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s death. Coincidence? By the way, the prisoners in his gulags mourned his death, too.

Meanwhile the usual celebrity suspects react, via the Hollywood Reporter:

Sean Penn on Hugo Chavez’s Death: ‘I Lost a Friend’

By Rebecca Ford | March 5, 2013

"I mourn a great hero," said Oliver Stone of the Venezuelan president who died on Tuesday after a long bout with cancer…

The controversial leader had a slew of Hollywood heavyweights supporting him throughout his reign, with the most vocal two being actor Sean Penn and filmmaker Oliver Stone.

"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," says Penn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I lost a friend I was blessed to have." …

”I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place," says Stone in a statement to THR. "Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history."

"My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned," he adds.

And they are joined by the aforementioned, Jimmy Carter, via the Daily Caller:

Jimmy Carter remembers Chavez for his contributions to the ‘neglected and marginalized’

By Caroline May | March 5, 2013

Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday evening offered some fond memories of the recently departed socialist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Carter recalled his first meeting with Chavez in 1998 — during the Venezuelan leader’s campaign for president — and noted that The Carter Center observed the country’s elections in 2000, and returned to encourage dialogue during the country’s tumultuous internal political conflict between 2002 and 2004.

“We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized,” Carter said in a statement.

Carter noted that while he did not always agree with Chavez‘s methods, he “never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen” –

And himself and his extended ‘family.’

[A]nd said that the former Venezuelan president “will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment.” …

By rigging elections and outlawing opposition. But remember this the next time you hear Mr. Carter claim to champion free and honest elections.

Anyway, some graves were just made for dancing on. Let’s hope Mr. Chavez still likes the smell of sulphur.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Venezuela Accuses US Of Giving Chavez Cancer”

  1. … the Billionaire cancer ….

  2. P. Aaron

    If true, glad my tax dollars went towards a useful endeavour.

  3. wirenut

    Better living through chicanery, oop’s. Chemistry. H-man, you will not be missed.

  4. Petronius

    Please don’t blame the US government. It was me. I did it with my Pop Tart.

  5. wirenut

    Petronius, did you shape it like a gun? Haw-haw!

  6. canary

    How the heck can Oliver Stone and Sean Penn worship a man who does not allow freedom of speech or freedom of the press. Hugo Chavez litterally controlled television.

    I can see Oliver Stone playing Chavez in a movie, and ugly Sean Penn can play Chavez’s his beech.

    Chavez probably died of AIDS.


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