Venezuelan democracy got no respect from U.S.
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
By MARK WEISBROT
A joke that was once popular in Latin America has become relevant again: Why has there never been a military coup in the United States? Answer: because there's no U.S. embassy here.
Latin Americans would not be surprised to read that the military coup that ousted President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela for nearly two days was well-orchestrated and planned for at least six months, according to The Washington Post. Nor, that the plotters visited the U.S. Embassy in Caracas seeking support.
Washington denies having anything to do with the coup, and we probably won't know for some time what role, if any, the U.S. government played. It took a couple of years and a congressional investigation to declassify the details of the United States' massive involvement in the overthrow of Chile's elected government in 1973. MORE