April 19, 2006


Chavez gets macho with US over oil (TVNZ, Apr 20, 2006)

Ratcheting up a war of words with Washington, President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday that Venezuela would blow up its oil fields if a US attack he has repeatedly warned about becomes reality.

While many Chavez supporters in poor neighbourhoods consider a US invasion a real threat, critics and most international observers call it a far-fetched fantasy designed to fire up Chavez's political base.

"We would not have any alternative... We will blow up our own oil fields... they are not going to take that oil," Chavez said in comments broadcast on state television from a meeting of South American presidents in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

Breaking their oil dependency might save their nation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2006 5:38 PM

As soon as we get our E85 stations on line we should feint an attack a hope they do it.

Posted by: Genecis at April 19, 2006 6:34 PM

Hey, it worked for Saddam, right?

Posted by: John Resnick at April 19, 2006 6:57 PM

Memo to the Third World: never, ever elect anyone to the presidency who has previously tried to take over the government by force.

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 19, 2006 8:24 PM

Citgo stations in the U.S. must be hearing their chairman's rantings and are stocking up on Ethanol at this very moment.

Posted by: John at April 19, 2006 10:11 PM

Chavez is not going to last. He certainly displays the worst aspects of the left. A pragmatic leftist is a highly effective leader south of the border. But few appear.

Perhaps breaking our oil dependency would be a good thing too.

Posted by: exclab at April 19, 2006 10:20 PM

Fidel wasn't supposed to last.

Posted by: asylum 4 tony martin at April 20, 2006 12:56 AM

But he had a friend in the Kennedys.

Posted by: oj at April 20, 2006 8:53 AM

Who cares if he lasts or not. A trivial figure. (See Peron, Juan) I doubt President Bush has spent 10 seconds worrying about him.

Posted by: Bob at April 20, 2006 9:39 AM

Chavez has done a pretty good job blowing up Venezuela's oil fields already, by replacing so many of the technically competent people at PDVSA with his political cronies. The problem will only grow worse in time.

Posted by: kevin whited at April 20, 2006 10:06 AM

Kevin -

You are right. And he will blame the US for any problems, of course.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 21, 2006 9:46 AM