Failure to Decry Coup Attempt Puts the U.S. in an Awkward Spot
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration scrambled Monday to explain why it failed to denounce the coup that briefly swept Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from office last week, an attempt that Latin American leaders decried as an attack on a democratically elected leader.
While others in the region were urging Chavez's restoration to power, the White House initially blamed the coup attempt on the president's own actions. Only on Sunday, when Chavez was poised to regain his authority, did the United States join other members of the Organization of American States in a vaguely worded resolution that condemned the "alteration of constitutional order in Venezuela." MORE