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Venezuela's President Calls Bush - Mr. Danger

Reported by Donna - November 3, 2005

Studio B with Shepard Smith talked about President Bush's trip to the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina including a report from Wendall Goler.

Goler said that Bush may be trading his domestic problems for diplomatic ones. He stated that Bush will meet with around 30 heads of state, with about half of them having new leaders. The focus, of course was on Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela. Goler stated that Chavez was "after Castro, the Latin leader the Bush administration most loves to hate."

Goler added that Chavez is looking forward to coming face to face with the man he calls "Mr. Danger." He added that Chavez has accused the Bush administration of supporting a coup attempt 3 years ago and that the coup failed.

He went on, "The soaring price of oil has strengthened Chavez's government and recent wins by 8 or 9 leftist governments have given him a following here in Latin America that includes Argentina President, Nestor Kirschner, who is the host of this gathering."

Comments: Fox immediately places Chavez as the bad guy by calling him, "after Castro, the Latin leader the Bush administration most loves to hate." I find this offensive. We are supposed to have a leader who is strong diplomatically. Perhaps Goler got it right when he said that Bush is trading his domestic problems for diplomatic ones? Why does Fox always start these antagonizing attacks against foreign countries when we have a mission to accomplish some diplomacy?

I find it condensending and unprofessional on Fox's part to constantly put down foreign nations that we should first be trying to establish diplomatic ties with. After all, Mr. Bush is in favor of democracies and Chavez is a democratically elected president. And, we get oil from Venezuela -- wouldn't it be better to try diplomacy when the people of the United States is suffering from high oil and heating costs?

While Goler did mention that there would be protesters there, he didn't mention that they would be protesting everything from free trade to the war in Iraq. Bush and Chavez will probably meet face to face after Chavez addresses a rally of mostly anti-Bush protesters tomorrow.

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