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article imageU.S seeks 'constructive relationship' with post-Chavez Venezuela

By Paul Iddon     Mar 5, 2013 in World
U.S. President Barack Obama upon the occasion of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death stated that the United States seeks a new and "constructive relationship" with the country in the first chapter of its post-Chavez history.
Mr. Obama stated that, "At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government" adding that "as Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights." (CBC News, March 5 2013)
Mr. Chavez had previously said of Obama that he was a fraud and should accordingly, "Go and ask many people in Africa, who might have believed in your because of the color of your skin, because your father was from Africa. You are an Afro-descendent, but you are the shame of all these people."
On Africa he declared Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe on another occasion of being "a true freedom fighter." He was notorious for his support for anti-American demagoguery and subsequent support and embrace of tyrants the world over. He was close friends with Fidel Castro and on equally cordial with the Iranian regime. He said Muammar Gaddafi should be remembered forever "as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr." He also supported Bashar al-Assad in his brutal and ongoing suppression of a rebellion against his dictatorial rule in Syria. Back in 2006 he infamously declared from the pulpit at the United Nations that "The Devil, the Devil himself, is right in the house. And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulphur still today." (The Telegraph, March 5 2013)
Now that he is gone there may be room for change in U.S.-Venezuelan relations and a redefining of how those two countries conduct their affairs and relations with each other.
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