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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Could Venezuela Increase US Gas Prices?

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(Watching America) Hugo Chavez, the president of the Republic, has assured people that the American market is not essential to Venezuela, and he declared that if the aggression against his government continued to increase, diplomatic ties between the two countries would be at risk...The chief executive said that if he stopped sending petroleum to United States, the Americans must know that the price of a gallon of gasoline would rise to $10.

Chavez apparently is upset that the United States has arrested five Cubans on charges of espionage who were allegedly apart of one of the largest Cuban spy rings operating within the US. While the accused spies await their new trial, (first one was declared to be unfair so a retrial is being held) Chavez seems to be using the situation as a way to not only bolster his image as an important figure internationally but denounce his apparent adversary, President Bush.

Chavez asserted that there has never been an empire more brutal, more cruel, more cynical, more savage, more hypocritical, and more dangerous than the one led by his counterpart, George Bush. He said that "Mr. Danger," like all other U.S. presidents, is not a person but an imperial system of hegemony that personifies within himself all other names and figures.

Chavez it seems is attempting to use Venezuela's "oil influence" to curb Bush's foreign policies as the President's agenda is a threat to the current regime's ideals about how to properly administer a government. Venezuela is apart of OPEC and although thousands of miles away from the middle east region, it's views about the United States are not that far from Iran (especially with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "running the show").

Although Chavez enjoys taunting President Bush from afar, he probably would be unwise to threaten America regarding oil prices. If Venezuela were to ever act upon those threats, the US would have a noticeable spike at the gas pump which would promt consumers to buy either hydro-cars or simply switch to agri-fuel (as the need would prompt companies to add this alternative to the pump). In the end Venezuela would lose a valuable customer and Chavez would have to bear the embarrassment until the end of his term or via a coup d'etat.

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