Roy S. Carson / VHeadline.com – 2006-01-15 08:46:44
Intelligence Sources Warn Venezuela’s Chavez:
Beware the Ides of January!
Roy S. Carson / VHeadline.com
CARACAS, Venezuela (January 13, 2006 ) — A United States move to “deal with” Washington DC’s perceived problem with Hugo Chavez Frias could be close to execution if usually accurate intelligence sources are to be believed… warning that Venezuela’s President should take extreme care as the ‘Ides of January’ approaches this Sunday, January 15.
While we at VHeadline.com sincerely hope and trust that, contrary to indications, the imminent threat is baseless, the zeal with which Langley strategists have attempted to cover up the operational aspects of their subversive infiltration is equivalent only to that of Israel’s ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ Mossad.
Just months ago, we were given first hints of covert United States actions to deal decisively with Chavez but it had, optimistically, been thought that Pentagon planners and their Beltway mandarins would take time out over Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah to consider the implications and consequences of any move to ‘take out’ President Chavez Frias and remove the hallucinations from the bottom of George W. Bush’s emptied bottle of booze.
The aftermath of the December 4 parliamentary elections across Venezuela, however, has proved to be too much for Condoleezza Rice’s henchmen to stomach after fondly believing that mass withdrawals by the opposition would send the Chavez government into a downward spiral of self-destruction … very much to Ms. Rice’s chagrin, the direct opposite was achieved as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) oxymoronic financing of Venezuela’s disparate opposition factions themselves went into freefall with only the Christmas season to cushion their obvious collision with the reality they must now face in 2006.
US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other ‘spook’ operatives are already ’embedded’ in Venezuela and set to cause maximum confusion and disruption once the green light is given from above. What, however, is unknown is to what extent the Chavez government is already cautioned and prepared for what appears most likely as a fourth attempt to overthrow the democratic will of the Venezuelan people.
The major problem for the Venezuelan President and his ministerial team is that the United States has indeed succeeded in beguiling a series of officials within the Chavez administration, lured with promises of lucrative sinecures Stateside or managerial/executive positions within a post-Chavez administration which would seek to negate most, if not all, of the current administration’s social/welfare achievements of recent years.
Indications are that a sizeable ‘posse’ of administration traitors have been indirectly positioned and prepared by the United States to step in immediately once the President has been removed and replaced by a more Washington-friendly face.
Leading among contenders for the United States’ post-Chavez contingency planning are billionaire Gustavo Cisneros with former Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) president Luis Giusti as his direct interlocutor with the White House. A ‘released-from-prison’ Carlos Ortega would take over as Labor Minister while exiled Fedecamaras president Carlos Fernandez would take the trade portfolio along with that of Economic Planning (Cordiplan). Radio Caracas TV (RCTV) director Marcel Granier would take over as Minister of Communications & Information in a revamped Central office of Information (OCI) while Sumate’s Maria Corina Machado would be expected to return as titular head of the Foreign Ministry in Caracas to directly liaise with Condoleezza Rice in an eventual post-Chavez administration.
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Harry Belafonte Calls Bush ‘Terrorist,’ Praises Chavez
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CARACAS, Venezuela (January 8, 2006) — American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called US President George W. Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including actor Danny Glover, Princeton University scholar Cornel West and farmworker advocate Dolores Huerta that met with the Venezuelan president for more than six hours late Saturday. Some in the group attended Chavez’s television and radio broadcast Sunday.
“No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people . . . support your revolution,” Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast. “We respect you, admire you, and we are expressing our full solidarity with the Venezuelan people and your revolution,” he added.
The 78-year-old Belafonte, famous for his calypso-inspired music, including the Day-O song, was a close collaborator of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and is now a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. He also has been outspoken in criticizing the US embargo of communist Cuba.
Attending the live Hello President program under a canopy at a farming co-operative southwest of Caracas, Belafonte said he had come to learn about Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution, which includes a wide range of social programs for the poor and is named after South American independence hero Simon Bolivar.
He accused US news media of falsely painting Chavez as a “dictator,” when in fact, he said, there is democracy and citizens are “optimistic about their future.”
The Americans toured a prison, spoke with people in the street and heard praise as well as criticism, Belafonte said. To be able to criticize, he said, “is the greatest truth of a democracy.”
Huerta, a pioneer of the United Farm Workers labour union, called the visit a “very deep experience.” Glover and West, who both expressed admiration for Chavez’s ideals, ended their visit Saturday, officials said.
Chavez called Belafonte “my brother” and noted he championed civil rights for black Americans alongside King. The president said he believes deeply in the struggle for justice by blacks, both in the United States and Venezuela. “Although we may not believe it, there continues to be great discrimination here against black people,” Chavez said, urging his government to redouble its efforts to prevent it.
Belafonte suggested setting up a youth exchange for Venezuelans and Americans to learn from each other. He finished by shouting in Spanish: “Viva la revolucion!” He and Chavez embraced as Belafonte’s song Matilda blared over the speakers.
Chavez accuses Bush of trying to overthrow him, pointing to intelligence documents released by the US indicating that the CIA knew beforehand that dissident officers planned a short-lived 2002 coup. The US denies involvement, but Chavez says Venezuela must be on guard. “We have to defeat imperialism to save ourselves — and not only ourselves, to save the world,” said Chavez, calling Bush “Mr. Danger.”
Chavez said if the US were to imprison Venezuela’s ambassador for some reason, friends like Belafonte “would take care of freeing him with our support.”
As usual, Chavez’s show was eclectic, as he took calls, hugged children and laughed heartily over an astrologist’s prediction that the divorced leader would find an “intense romance” this year.
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