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Taco John
08-19-2005, 12:19 AM
Venezuela threatens anew to turn off oil spigot to US

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050816/bs_afp/venezuelausoil_050816190734

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuela's energy minister, Rafael Ramirez, said that Caracas is "ready and willing" to cut off its oil supply to the United States, if there are any signs of aggression from the superpower toward his country.

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"We are prepared to do that, and we stand ready to defend our rights," Ramirez told the official news agency ABN.

On Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to end oil exports to the United States if Washington did not stop its "aggressions."

"We do not want to break relations with the US government; it is not in our plans," Chavez said. "But if the aggressions continue, ... this could put diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the United States at risk."

Washington's attacks could provoke "something more serious: These two daily boats full of Venezuelan oil could head another way instead of going to the United States," warned Chavez, whose country is the fourth-largest provider of oil to the United States, supplying some 1.5 million barrels a day.

"The US market is not indispensable to us," he told thousands of young people taking part in a youth festival at a Caracas arena.

Ramirez made a similar statement on Tuesday, declaring that Caracas, the only Latin American member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, had other clients to court, including China.

He admitted that cutting off Venezuela's oil supply to the United States would affect his country's economy, but he added: "That is just the price we will have to pay to maintain sovereignty."

Chavez has become an increasingly outspoken critic of the United States, and accuses Washington of planning attacks against Venezuela, while the United States has accused Venezuela of funding efforts to destabilize Latin American neighbors and allowing weapons to cross into Colombia, whose government is battling a leftist insurgency.

The latest rhetoric from Caracas came about a week after the Venezuelan government announced that it had cut its anti-drug cooperation with the United States, accusing the US Drug Enforcement Administration of breaking local drug laws.

Venezuela then withdrew diplomatic immunity for US anti-narcotics agents after the United States withdrew visas for several Venezuelan officials in Washington, on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking.

Mr. Kotter
08-19-2005, 12:20 AM
Those lying bastard Republicans are surely to blame!!!

Bush is the devil... :cuss:

Taco John
08-19-2005, 12:21 AM
What'd we do to these guys? Anyone know?

Uatu
08-19-2005, 12:26 AM
Does he think we are going to invade Venezuela?

Wish there was some way to become best pals with countries like this instead of relying on middle eastern oil.

BigMeatballDave
08-19-2005, 01:53 AM
WTF? Paranoid, MUCH?

Logical
08-19-2005, 02:34 AM
What'd we do to these guys? Anyone know?I believe we allegedly supported a faction that tried to overthrow their current leader Hugo Chavez. He seems to dislike us intensely now.
The Bush Administration's influence in Caracas has plummeted, as president Hugo Chávez accuses the Bush administration of supporting the failed 2002 Venezuelan coup, which hasn't been proved, although significantly, the US government recognized the coup plotters as the legitimate government of Venezuela less than 24 hours after the commencement of the coup.

Mr. Laz
08-19-2005, 01:05 PM
I believe we allegedly supported a faction that tried to overthrow their current leader Hugo Chavez. He seems to dislike us intensely now.

that would prolly do it



IF a country tried to help have you killed it would probably tend to lower your opinion of said country.

Adept Havelock
08-20-2005, 01:51 PM
How Dare They! How DARE THEY! How dare they act like they have the right to decide to whom to sell their own oil.

Didn't they get the memo all oil is ours, it's just being stored under their country?

Brock
08-20-2005, 01:56 PM
That's fine. They can continue being a turd world country where people live in trees, as far as I'm concerned.

StcChief
08-20-2005, 02:31 PM
These guys keep biting the hand the feeds them.

When will they learn, shut off the welfare aid.

Adept Havelock
08-20-2005, 02:42 PM
I'm pretty sure they will be just as happy to take Yen,Yuan, or Euros' for their oil as they've taken Dollars in the past. (These days on the international currency markets, they are better deals as well).

Baby Lee
08-20-2005, 05:17 PM
That had to be the fattest, sweatiest, pitcher I ever. . . oohhhhh!! Venezuela.

Adept Havelock
08-20-2005, 05:39 PM
That had to be the fattest, sweatiest, pitcher I ever. . . oohhhhh!! Venezuela.
ROFL ROFL :clap: