February 22, 2005


Chavez Says US Is Plotting To Kill Him (Cleto A. Sojo, 22 February, 2005, Venezuelanalysis.com)

Chavez also threatened with the interruption of the flow of oil to the U.S. in case he is assassinated. "If these perverse plans succeed, Mr. Bush can forget about Venezuelan oil... Forget about it Mr. Bush," he said.

These poor dumb bastards--they listen to the Left and think it's about oil, so they whip out what they think is their trump card only to discover we couldn't care less.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2005 12:11 PM

Since most oil is sold on the open market, and since the largest gasoline retailer in the United States is Royal Dutch Shell, with British Petroleum/Arco/Amoco in the No. 4 spot, it's hard to see how Hugo's threat is going to make a major dent, except in direct Venezuela-to-U.S. oil transports.

Posted by: John at February 22, 2005 12:24 PM

A prima facia ridiculous threat. If Chavez is assassinated, who in Venezula will have the huevos to do anything?

Posted by: jd watson at February 22, 2005 12:36 PM

On the flip side is the point that boycotting oil from the Saudi Entity is meaningless for the exact same reason.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 22, 2005 12:39 PM

If he somehow forced America to say forget about Venezuelan oil, most Venezuelans would then have to forget about food, clothing and medical care.

Posted by: Bart at February 22, 2005 1:31 PM

So he's going to close all Citgos?

Posted by: Sandy P at February 22, 2005 1:40 PM

Hugo raises the bet. He thinks GW has not played Poker? Right............

Posted by: john at February 22, 2005 3:01 PM

A phone rings in Venezuela:


Hugo, this is Dubya, I'll raise you an oil well.

Click. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: AllenS at February 22, 2005 4:16 PM

chavez is to loony tin pot dictators what the kia is to a lexus. i rate dear leader as tops in this league. even the pineapple face from panama (norriega) has chavez beat. all your wells are belong to us!!

Posted by: cjm at February 22, 2005 10:27 PM
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