Cuba Politics

Chavez fires first “shot” at Obama before Summit of the Americas next month

Posted March 17, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Politics.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that he is preparing plenty of verbal “artillery” for his first encounter with President Barack Obama at an upcoming summit.

Chavez, long a fierce critic of Washington, said he expects that the future of U.S. relations with Latin America will begin to take shape at April’s summit of leaders from across the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Our artillery is being prepared. There’s going to be good artillery,” Chavez said during a televised Cabinet meeting.

“What will Mr. Obama come with? I don’t know. We’re going to see. We’ll see what the pitcher throws,” Chavez said.

Chavez said that immediately before the Americas summit in Trinidad, he will host leaders of nations in his Bolivarian Alternative trade pact for talks in Caracas on April 16. He also said he plans talks with the leader of Paraguay, and possibly Uruguay, before the summit.

Chavez called the U.S. embargo against Cuba “absurd and stupid,” saying he hopes to see the new U.S. administration define its stance on the issue.

The socialist leader also called it wrong for Cuba to be excluded from the Americas summit, saying that issue “has to be discussed.”

“Cuba is in Latin America. It’s no longer the Cuba that was kicked out of the OAS by those governments subordinated to the Pentagon,” Chavez said. “With what right, for example, am I going to go to a summit where all of Latin America is there ... and Cuba isn’t there? Why?”

Cuba was expelled from the OAS in 1962 after member nations said its communist regime went against OAS principles.

Briefly switching into English, Chavez said the upcoming summit will be “very interesting.”

Member Comments

On March 17, 2009, publisher wrote:

Game on.

Chavez is calling out Obama. I think this is the first time ever that I have liked what Chavez has said. Don’t get me wrong, he is Fidel Castro Jr. and ruining Venezuela but I do like how he has put the topic of Cuba squarely on the table.

Now, Cuba will be a topic of discussion for the Summit. Whether it is a small or big topic or a high profile or behind-the-scenes one has yet to be played out.

Get your ring side seats, this battle of words could get interesting.

On March 17, 2009, pipefitter wrote:

Maybee it was Obama who fired the first shot in Jan, he said that “Chavez is obstructing progress in Latin America”. hardly something to start off a friendly discussion with. “No empieza chico, no empieza” as Chavez said to that.
I also like the fact that Chavez has now put Cuba right out in the forfront for discussion at the Summit.

On March 18, 2009, cubanpete wrote:

The King of Spain had it right when he once told Hugo to shut up.

On March 19, 2009, Lucien Lenoire wrote:

I understand that the so-called King of Spain no longer runs the Americas.  He may regret that.  The Spanish people will be calling this little king to account at some point.  This is the royal family that had no problem working with the fascist Franco.  The French had the right idea in 1793 about the problem of royalty.
Lucien Lenoire

On March 21, 2009, bearspirit7 wrote:

As a frequent visitor to Mexico, Central America & one visit to beautiful Cuba, my prayers and hopes are that heart and common sense will prevail.  I am a Canadian.  After MUCH traveling to different parts of the World, more than ever, I believe “all we need is love”.  Love to respect the cultural richness of different peoples, love to help those less fortunate, love for our fellow man/woman/four-leggeds/two leggeds/winged ones/creepy crawlies/standing people/finned ones, etc.  There are times I absolutely HATE politics ... but if politicians can act as true ombudsmen, peacemakers, messengers (for the people) - perhaps we can discontinue the need for one group or person or resource needing to CONTROL the others.  I hope to see more of this come into reality in my lifetime.  All My Relations.

On March 21, 2009, publisher wrote:

What does this have to do with the Summit of the Americas?

Stay on topic please.

On March 29, 2009, kirk wrote:

Chavez is offering, especially to Latin American countries, money an petroleum , among other natural resources, but Chavez never has mentioned the need to end poverty.

In his own country, famine and hunry is all over. Need for new jobs is constant demand. Speaking of new jobs, I mean in the space industry (do not have one), scientific medice (do not have one), in the aviation industry (do not have any), fuds for private and public research and development (do not promote any).

Chavez’s XXI century revolution should be to address about world love and care and brotherhood. Such Bolivarian revolution must be about respect and if Chavez feels outside from the G-7 community and G-20 , then he should put the country’s funds on new world technologies investment as the USA did it when invented the aviation and automovile industries.

As the USA did when the telehone and computers arrive to the world community. As the USA does with economics and medice, being such reasons why holds the first place in beign honored many times with the world Nobel prices.

We have not yet explored the fertile and riches under the ocean waters of the world. Remains still cures for most health cuases and treatements in the world. The field on inveromental studies, laws and new policies is wide open, so why Chavez do not look into that?

What is up his revolution? To nationalize the country’s asstes?
To persecue the wealthy citizen assets? Spread hate and ant-iamerican antagonism?

Soon, the USA will seace the purchase of oil from Venezuela, then Chavez will make more and frequent trips to Arab countries and Asian as well seeking for funds to operate Venezuela?

I know Chavez is far away from becoming a world leader. He will never, ever be another Churchill nor Roosevelt, because vision is not there, imposition is there, charistma is not there, threat is there, the idea of work “together” is not there, but indepency work is there.

Kirk Nelson, Pres.
New York, NY. USA