El Presidente for Life Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has decided to stick it to the United States, at least that is what he says. After that PR stunt of giving away heating oil to the Northeast, he is now doing a 180. The Chavez controlled Venezuelan oil company that owns Citgo is going to close 1800 Citgo stations in the United States.
Chavez is actually trying to cover up a major shortcoming of his stewardship of Venzuela's natural resources. Since he sacked alot of the employees in the oil industry and put his own apparatchiks in charge, oil production has fallen by roughly one million barrels a day. In fact is has gotten so bad, Chavez has been forced to buy oil from Russia to cover existing contracts. And instead of continuing the hemorrhage of capital to Russia to cover these contracts, money Chavez needs for such vital things as more weapons, Chavez tries to dress up his destruction of Venzuela's oil industry as a bold heroic strike against the Yanquis under the thought control of President Bush.
Along with the newest Fidel death watch, I think it is time to start another People Coup watch on Chavez. Perhaps this time the people of Venezuela will have their voices heard.