Obama outrageously said:
"The most important thing is to remember that the future of Venezuela should be in the hands of the Venezuelan people. We've seen from Chavez in the past authoritarian policies, suppression of dissent."
His comments reflect America's imperial arrogance. Venezuelan governance shames its northern neighbor. It champions democratic freedoms. Washington spurns them at home and abroad. It wages war on humanity.
Information Minister Ernesto Villegas responded to Obama, saying:
Venezuelans "openly exercise freedoms and rights that US. society is far from reaching."
"With his despicable statements in this very delicate moment for Venezuela, the president of the United States takes the responsibility of pushing bilateral relations toward increased deterioration, showing evidence of the continuity of its policy of aggression and disrespect toward our country."
Media scoundrels unjustifiably attack Chavez. They do it viciously. They've done it throughout his tenure. Facts don't interfere with their misreporting.
It's standard practice to vilify independent leaders. Democrats are called tyrants or close to it.
America suppresses democratic values. In Venezuela they thrive. Venezuelans pray for Chavez to regain full health. He's too important to lose.
A Final Comment on His Heath
On December 14, the Havana Times published a Venezuelan government press release, saying:
"Consistent with the duty to inform the Venezuelan people and the peoples of the world about the evolution of the state of health of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, additional medical information from Havana is being presented in relation to the results of the surgery and the current condition of Commander Hugo Chavez."- Advertisement -
"Currently the patient is progressively and favorably recovering his normal vital signs."
"This recovery process, however, requires a reasonable amount of time due both to the complexity of the procedure performed and complications that arose during surgery (these consisted of bleeding that required corrective action to allow its proper control)."
"In so far as the positive developments continue - which are beginning to become evident - the application of additional specific treatment is foreseen to assist in the full recuperation of the patient's health."