Hugo's Close Call: Now Bush...
Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002
Chavez survived. Now the Bush administration faces tough questions about its maneuvers in Venezuela
By Joseph Contreras and Michael Isikoff
April 29 issue: People power it wasn't. Although more than 200,000 antigovernment protesters marched through the streets of Caracas some to their deaths the short-lived April 11-12 coup against President Hugo Chavez was secretly hatched by two small but powerful groups: senior military officers and several of the country's richest businessmen. The leaders of the putsch had extensive ties to the U.S. political and economic establishment. At the vortex of the whole mess was the billionaire television magnate Gustavo Cisneros, a fishing buddy of former president George H. W. Bush and king of a business empire stretching from the United States to the Southern Cone. MORE