Bush slaps Chavez for dissing DEA
The White House "decertified" Venezuela as a prohibition partner in its war on some drugs, however they're foregoing the usual punishment of withholding "foreign aid" payments since that would screw up their funding of the resident oligarch's opposition parties dedicating to overthrowing Chavez' popularly elected administration.
You have to wonder how they keep a straight face in DC when making these sort of charges.
The Bush administration has repeatedly expressed concern about the alleged deterioration of democratic institutions in Venezuela, citing Chavez's control of the judicial and electoral systems and threats to the independent news media.As opposed to the current state of the US union? And then there's this.
The U.S. State Department's No. 3 official, Nicholas Burns, announced the Bush administration decision Thursday in New York City about the time Chavez was arriving there for a U.N. summit gathering.If hypocrisy were money, we wouldn't have a national deficit.
Accompanying Burns, U.S. drug czar John Walters said that in the past Venezuelan cooperation on drugs was "quite successful" but that Chavez now "no longer wants a productive relationship."