Venezuela’s Maduro really hitting this American “imperialist meddling” thing hard, huh?

posted at 6:41 pm on May 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Meet the new Venezuelan leader, same as the old Venezuelan leader — well, at least in terms of the obsessive level of paranoid anti-Americanism he’s partial to peddling to Venezuelans as a trumped-up political distraction, but it sounds like Nicolas Maduro’s attitude isn’t getting quite the same effective reception as that of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. Apparently, there’s no shark not worth jumping for this guy, even as the opposition party continues to charge that the presidential election was a far cry from free and fair; but hey, with the legitimacy of his presidency under fire, why not present the whole thing as an American plot to undermine his authority, right? Nothing better than a hostile outside threat to really band people together, and there’s even a filmmaker in town on whom Maduro says he personally ordered an arrest, presumably to play the part of convenient scapegoat:

Venezuela brushed off criticism from President Barack Obama on Sunday and maintained its accusation that an American detainee in Caracas is a spy pretending to be a filmmaker.

During his visit to Latin America, Obama said on Saturday the allegations against Tim Tracy, 35, were “ridiculous.”

This came a day after Venezuela’s new socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, labeled Obama “the grand chief of devils.”

Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres insisted that intelligence agents tracking Tracy since late 2012 had uncovered ample evidence he was plotting with militant anti-government factions to destabilize Venezuela with violence. …

Obama’s comments about Tracy, and others questioning socialist Maduro’s democratic credentials after last month’s disputed presidential vote, have infuriated the government and revived accusations of “imperialist meddling.”

Unfortunately for him, the flailing is all too transparent, at least to several interested outsiders, and I’m sure that the opposition party is sensing some possible vulnerability:

Peruvian Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo called on the Union of South American Nations, of which his country is acting president, to issue a statement urging Maduro to exercise tolerance.

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe says he is taking Maduro to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights over “immature” accusations that Uribe plotted to assassinate Maduro. …

“The Tim Tracy case is a sad diversion in the midst of uncertainty, economic chaos and social upheaval,” Roett said.

Roett says Maduro’s Chávez-like language — in which he railed this weekend against “U.S. imperialism, the bourgeoisie and the far right” — shows he lacks an agenda for the country.

“Maduro does not seem to have many ideas of his own,” Roett said. “It is safer to parrot Chávez.

Maduro’s entire campaign pretty much revolved around being Chavez’s political reincarnation more than being a leader in his own right, which was likely one of the reasons the opposition party made such a huge and game-changing showing, and his leadership skills so far still seem to be sorely wanting. Maduro is definitely nervous right now.


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Can y’all imagine 0bama being in charge during the Chinese/P-3 confrontation, or 9/11?

cozmo on May 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

“Maduro does not seem to have many ideas of his own,” Roett said. “It is safer to parrot Chávez.

Are they sure he’s parroting Chavez? Could just as easily be Obama (except that the anti-American vitriol would probably be a bit harsher).

AZCoyote on May 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Meet the new Venezuelan leader, same as the old Venezuelan leader — well, at least in terms of the obsessive level of paranoid anti-Americanism he’s partial to peddling to Venezuelans as a trumped-up political distraction,

Given the history of American involvement and interventionism in South America, to dismiss anti-Americanis as paranoia is far too simplistic a reaction. It has as much resonance among the populace as claims of racism in the US. Chavez and now Maduro are stoking that narrative in the same way that the race industry in America wants its stupid followers to believe that we are still in the era where Rosa Parks rode in the back of a bus and dogs attacked marchers at the Pettis bridge in Selma.

Happy Nomad on May 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

No parrot?

mchristian on May 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I’ll cut this guy some slack. We do have a president who seems to like deciding who gets to lead various countries. Just ask Gaddafi, Mubarak and Assad.

rbj on May 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Maybe Rubio can move to Venezuela and invite half of Mexico’s population to join him their rather than in America.

VorDaj on May 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

During his visit to Latin America, Obama said on Saturday the allegations against Tim Tracy, 35, were “ridiculous.”

This came a day after Venezuela’s new socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, labeled Obama “the grand chief of devils.”

Bad move son…there is only room enough in this hemisphere for one supreme socialist leader and I foresee a drone in your future. Also don’t expect your socialist American friends to help you because Obama is their god…You are insulting their religion. Blasphemers!

:)

William Eaton on May 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Can y’all imagine 0bama being in charge during the Chinese/P-3 confrontation, or 9/11?

cozmo on May 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

cozmo:The infamous Chineses/P-3 Ordeal,oh happy days they were,
ahem,now where was I,oh ya here:

Welcome Home From China – Crew of VQ-1 !

Your Job Is Well Done ! Your Eagle Will Fly Again !

April 2001
**********

http://www.cargolaw.com/2001nightmare_apology.html

http://www.cargolaw.com/

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

No parrot?

mchristian on May 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

mchristian:

……………..The Parrot is No More
—Monty Python!
(sarc):)

canopfor on May 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Can y’all imagine 0bama being in charge during the Chinese/P-3 confrontation, or 9/11?

cozmo on May 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

REB: “American pilots acted stupidly.”

slickwillie2001 on May 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe says he is taking Maduro to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights over “immature” accusations that Uribe plotted to assassinate Maduro.

Pretty clever play on words from Uribe. Maduro means mature in Spanish.

rogaineguy on May 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Looks like Venezuela has a neophyte president, just like we do.

GarandFan on May 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

The best thing that could happen to Madero is if he is assassinated. And it’s starting to look that way. They always can insane before the ultimate fall.

Myron Falwell on May 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

This would be so easy for the left to choose sides if there were still a Republican in the White House. Maduro really doesn’t seem to get that calling Barack Obama and his administration the same names, and accusing them of the same plots against Venezuela as Hugo did with George W. Bush isn’t going to produce a groundswell of support abroad this time around.

At best, he might get a photo op with Sean Penn or Harry Belafonte, but he’s not going to get the majority of celebs or the U.S. and Latin American media to treat the uprising against him as some sort of evil Bush/Cheney plot, not when most of the continents liberals still want everyone to believe President Obama rides unicorns and craps rainbows.

jon1979 on May 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM