The Obama Administration has apparently been ratcheting up the threats against the Venezuelan government in the wake of their offer of asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden, threatening huge economic and diplomatic retaliation.
Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly called Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Elias Jaua to announce that a number of Venezuelan officials’ visas were being revoked, and that this was just the beginning.
Kerry also is said to have told Jaua that the US was considering suspending the sale of gasoline and oil byproducts to Venezuela. Though the Venezuelan government is a huge exporter of crude oil to the United States, it is increasingly reliant on the US for refining capabilities.
In most of the world, this is considered mutually beneficial trade, but for the US, the prospect of using it as a weapon to really stick it to Venezuela is too good to pass up. That halting the trade is likely to be much more damaging to the US than Venezuela is likely not considered.
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Go ahead and boycott every nation, governments and all business relations with everyone in this world, while at it don't forget the business relations with Wahhabis, Salafis, the Saudis and UAE, Israel and other dictatorial regimes in this world, see who cares.
"is said to have"
Some dummy is fantasizing.
I can well believe such petty and vindictive posturing. The revocation of visas would certainly come out if and when it happens. As for the oil – imagine what alternatives he might have in mind for interfering in this industry. Do they even exist?
Don't be surprised when EVERY SOVERIGN NATION ON PLANET EARTH–ATTACKS NAZI AMERIKA..
Oh, my! There goes the U.S. government having a tantrum. Throwing its toys around and holding its breath!
I wish it held it long enough to pass away.
Perhaps the Venezuelan government should declare all American diplomats and NGO officials personae non gratae and kick the bums out until the United States hand over the escaped convicted terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
Glad we're treating such a despot of a leadership like they treat their own citizens. Robert at Open Source (OSINT) Intelligence News. http://www.osintdaily.blogspot.com
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