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  •  A reason for the Iraq invasion, (0+ / 1-)
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    which is never mentioned. Saddan Hussein announced that he would begin selling oil in Euros, once the sanctions were lifted. Hugo Chavez was openly planning to do the same. They invaded Saddam, and kidnapped Chavez.

    These were warnings to the other oil producing countries to never consider such a thing.

    Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong.

    by shoeless on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:30:24 AM PDT

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      and kidnapped Chavez.
      CT

      In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

      by vcmvo2 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:15:50 AM PDT

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      •  There are lots of web references to "kidnapped" (1+ / 0-)
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        … but they all seem to trace back to one single essay by Greg Palast.
        http://www.gregpalast.com/...

        Clearly, Chavez had to be taught a lesson about the etiquette of dealings with Big Oil.

        On April 11, 2002, President Chavez was kidnapped at gunpoint and flown to an island prison in the Caribbean Sea. On April 12, Pedro Carmona, a business partner of the US oil companies and president of the nation's Chamber of Commerce, declared himself President of Venezuela – giving a whole new meaning to the term, "corporate takeover."

        U.S. Ambassador Charles Shapiro immediately rushed down from his hilltop embassy to have his picture taken grinning with the self-proclaimed "President" and the leaders of the coup d'état.

        Bush's White House spokesman admitted that Chavez was, "democratically elected," but, he added, "Legitimacy is something that is conferred not by just the majority of voters." I see.

        With an armed and angry citizenry marching on the Presidential Palace in Caracas ready to string up the coup plotters, Carmona, the Pretend President from Exxon returned his captive Chavez back to his desk within 48 hours.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:03:01 PM PDT

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          Still seems like CT to me.

          In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

          by vcmvo2 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:27:06 AM PDT

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