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Did Bush Administration Dust Off CIA Destabilization Template for Venezuela?
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2002

by Dennis Hans

How can it be that an administration top heavy with such pro-democracy stalwarts as Otto Reich, Elliott Abrams and John Negroponte would welcome a military coup that toppled a democratically elected Latin American president? Amazingly, that is what happened April 13, when the administration of George W. Bush hailed the ouster of Venezuelaís Hugo Chavez.

By April 15 Chavez had regained the presidency, thanks in large part to strong condemnation of the coup from Latin American leaders, many of whom donít particularly care for Chavezís brand of populism or his authoritarian streak. Their outcry stood in sharp contrast to Uncle Samís embrace of the coup makers. MORE



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