Messing With Venezuela

The Bushites seems to enjoy the fun game of Preemptive Regime Change in which they shout, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" before attacking a country with the full might of the U.S. military, tossing out the old leaders, instating some new ones occupying the country, and calling this democracy.

Now, however, they are saying that regime change need not be limited to nations that might pose some military threat to our country. For the past couple of years, these messianic global manipulators have quietly been out to topple Hugo Chavez, the duly elected president of Venezuela. What threat does Chavez pose to us? None. Zero. Zip. What's his "crime?" He's too "leftie," not beholden to the oil giants operating in Venezuela, not properly obedient to U.S. power, and, worst of all, the Bushies just don't like him.

So, they've been scheming with Venezuelan elites to oust him. They exulted in 2002 when an armed coup overthrew Chavez's elected government, but White House elation turned to sour grapes only two days later when the coup turned out to be a keystone kops effort and the people of Venezuela rallied to put their man Chavez back in his presidency.

But this didn't stop the White House. Reams of internal documents have now surfaced showing a startling effort by the Bushites to undermine the legitimate government of Venezuela -- a blatantly antidemocratic effort that, ironically, they rationalize by asserting that Chavez is not democratic enough to suit them. Last year alone, they funneled a million of our tax dollars into opposition groups seeking to overthrow Chavez and install Venezuela's moneyed class in power.

One of the Bushite's documents claims that the future of Venezuelan democracy "depends on the rebuilding of healthy and responsive political parties that can effectively channel citizen demands."

Hey, let's try to accomplish that here! If our own government reflected citizen demands, it wouldn't be messing with Venezuela.

Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of 'Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time To Take It Back,' on sale now from Viking Press.

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