U.S. – Venezuelan Relations – Just “Frozen” or Beyond Repair?

Note: Views expressed are not necessarily the views of this blog. This is a guest post.

By: John Daly for OilPrice.com

According to the U.S. Energy Administration, two months ago the United States total crude oil imports averaged 9,033 thousand barrels per day (tbpd), with the top five exporting countries being Canada (2,666 tbpd), Mexico (1,319 tbpd), Saudi Arabia (1,107 tbpd), Venezuela (930 tbpd) and Nigeria (918 tbpd.)

Notice anything odd about this list? First, three of the top five oil exporters to the U.S. are in the Western hemisphere, and two of them are neighbors.

Secondly, only two of the five states can comfortably be described as stable. Mexico is slowly unraveling due to the drug war, Nigeria’s militant regularly attack foreign oil concessions in the Niger delta and Saudi Arabia’s geriatric monarchy is nervously watching events unfold in the Middle East, wondering if the “Arab spring” may impact their autocratic hold on power, a view no doubt made more nervous by the sudden arrival on 6 June of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

Of the remaining two, Canada is a stable, prosperous state, and its relations with Washington are excellent.

Which leaves Venezuela – while a stable state, its policies under President Hugo Chávez have rattled Washington to the point that since 2010 neither state has had accredited ambassadors.

On 28 June 2010 President Obama nominated Palmer as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela but three months later Chávez announced on his weekly TV program that he would not allow Larry Palmer to take up his post after Palmer told a US senator that morale in the Venezuelan army was low and that members of Chávez’s government had ties to leftist FARC Colombian rebels. On 28 December Chávez flatly refused to accept Palmer because of his derogatory remarks and the following day the U.S. revoked the accreditation of Venezuelan ambassador, Bernardo Álvarez Herrera.

Worse, on Sunday Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro in an exclusive interview with private TV network Televen said, “The relation (with the U.S.) is frozen… It does not move and there is no indication that there could be positive elements of communication and respect in the near future.”

What led to the impasse? Chávez’s final sin in Washington’s eyes was Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) supplying gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran, which led the Obama administration on 24 May to impose sanctions against PDVSA. In response, Venezuela’s Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez, who is also the head of PDVSA, said the following day that as a sovereign nation Venezuela would continue to maintain relations with Iran and any other country it wanted, adding, “This is a right we are not going to renounce.”

Washington’s myopia leads it to treat Central and Latin America as if the Monroe Doctrine were still valid. In fact, the most underreported political story in the American press over the last decade is how Latin America has gradually moved out from under Washington’s smothering “big brother” embrace as first the Bush administration and now President Obama’s fixated on both on the war on terror and Iraqi oil reserves. Most notable among the Latin American states rejecting Washington’s dominance, along with its attendant financial institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund has been Brazil, which now, along with Russia, China and India, is lumped under the sobriquet BRIC as a collective economic powerhouse of the 21st century.

Can Washington really afford to antagonize a nation that exports nearly a million barrels per day to the U.S.? Should Venezuela turn off the taps, then the recent gasoline prices of nearly $4 a gallon will begin to look like a bargain.

And speaking of China, its economic interest in trade devoid of Washington’s hectoring political lectures has found a warm reception in Caracas. China has agreed to provide more than $32 billion in assistance to Chávez’s government, with the loans to be repaid in oil, in increasing amounts of it during the next decade. China is now Venezuela’s biggest foreign lender, enabling Chávez’s to boost social spending ahead of the country’s 2012 presidential election, leading Chávez to exclaim “Viva China!” on national television.

Venezuela is now exporting to China about 460,000 barrels a day, about 20 percent of its oil exports, according to official figures, which Caracas hopes to double soon. Chen Ping, political counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Caracas noted simply, “Venezuela has what we need.”

Pity that Washington, blinkered by outdated ideology, does not see its own interests as clearly as counselor Chen.

Source: Full article at: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/U.S.-Venezuelan-Relations-Just-Frozen-or-Beyond-Repair.html

By: John Daly for OilPrice.com


The Phony Right-Wing & Who is Selling Us Down the River? – Part 2: Newt Gingrich & ‘The Third Wave’

By: Kelleigh Nelson
Gulag Bound

Previously Published: “The Phony Right-Wing & Who is Selling Us Down the River? – Part 1: Newt Gingrich

Okay, so we’ve gone over what Newt has done in the past, and part of what he stands for, but we haven’t touched at all on his belief in Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s The Third Wave. To make it quite clear, Toffler’s beliefs are rooted solidly in communism, but dressed up thoroughly in neo-con speak and sprinkled with the tiniest bit of capitalism. This is why so many of our electorate are fooled by the RINOs and why so many of these RINOs go along with the communists in the Democrat party.

In 1994, Newt presented a list of 8 works he wanted everyone to read….first was the Declaration of Independence, second the Federalist Papers, and third was The Third Wave, by Alvin Toffler printed by the new age Progress and Freedom Foundation. Alvin Toffler is Newt Gingrich’s mentor, so we need to take a closer look at what Toffler espouses in The Third Wave. By the way he never mentioned reading the Constitution and for good reason. He wants to be rid of it.

Alvin Toffler 2006

Toffler believes mankind is entering a new system. To the founding fathers in his book, he wrote, “For the system of government you fashioned including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented, a democracy for the 21st century. For this wisdom, above all, I thank Mr. Jefferson who helped create the system that served us so well for so long, and that now must, in its turn, die and be replaced.”

Gingrich, who swore an oath 10 times to uphold and defend the constitution urges with his mentor Toffler, the very death of the American Constitutional system. Gingrich wrote the forward to Toffler’s book, “Creating a New Civilization.” As my friend, Constance Cumbey wrote in her recent article, “Newt Gingrich, the New Age, Global Civil Society, and Global Governance,” the very best information on The Third Wave and Newt Gingrich was written by Steve Farrell. The entire 8 part series, “Democrats in Drag,” is at themoralliberal.com. If you never do any other reading, print this 8 part series out and read it carefully. It is a picture of what is happening to America. Connie also mentioned in her blog that new Catholic convert Newt (formerly a Southern Baptist) recently spoke at John Hagee’s church in San Antonio.

Apparently Hagee’s staff doesn’t research the backgrounds of their invited speakers and thus has influenced and poisoned thousands with the neo-con rhetoric of Gingrich who is selling the old doctrine of communism.

I am going to quote heavily from Steve Farrell’s article so you will know at least part of what we’re facing with the right’s love of the Third Wave.

“The Third Way/Wave may sound new and innocuous to many, but its founders include such earlier notables as Plato (The Republic), Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto), and Adolf Hitler (National Socialism), certainly not the best crew for men and women sworn to defend our Constitution and to turn to for inspiration.”

Plato in Raphael’s The School of Athens

“Plato didn’t call his revolutionary plan for tyranny ‘tyranny.’ Who would? Rather he cloaked every item of revolutionary change in more palatable terms like, ‘justice,’ or ‘the heavenly ideal,’ or ‘the pursuit of the good,’ or ‘the love of truth.’ ” He believed in and practiced double talk just as the politicians on both the left and right do today. “He believed so much in his double talk that he convinced casual readers that they were mulling over a Judeo-Christian appeal to virtue. Virtue, he taught, is whatever sustains or brings about the ideal city. And such an ideal city was his! Communist, through and through.”

Here are the ‘Virtuous’ Aims of Plato’s Third Wave

1. Private property must be abolished, the wealthy hated and their wealth redistributed by state mandate.

2. Children belong to, and are born to serve the state. The influence of parents is noxious and disruptive to the interest of the state, thus every child should be raised in government nurseries, without knowledge of who his or her parents are and without the parents having knowledge of who their offspring are. Every child becomes the common property of every parent in the city. Every parent has the collective duty to watch over them. (Hillary Clinton’s, It Takes a Village)

3. Private education, like traditional parenting, is at the very headwaters of falsehood and social strife. It must be eliminated and replaced with a closely monitored state school system.

4. Old values passed down in history, song, children’s books, all need to be rewritten to discredit and erase the old virtues and to exalt and enthrone the new.

5. Frivolous children’s games eliminated, new games developed that emphasize law and order.

6. Private industry is self serving. State should have absolute control of all industry for benefit of the whole.

7. Class mobility is a revolutionary idea that threatens the stability of the state and the pre-eminence of true philosophy. A strict caste system and the elimination of career choice is the answer.

8. Talent must never be allowed to wander or be wasted. Early on, children must be identified and channeled by the state for the benefit of the state into careers selected by the state.

9. Under the guise of equality, women ought to be exploited: first to foment ‘class war’ during the Third Wave (women’s roles are reversed to men’s); next, to be promptly put into their place as part of a ‘community of women’ to be shared collectively by male guardians.

10. Selective breeding is beneficial to the state. (Hitler)

11. Unwanted babies, inferior babies, deformed babies, and the adult handicapped are an unnecessary drag on the prosperity and well-being of society. They should be left to die. Unproductive adults, likewise, should be terminated. (Abortion, Obamacare)

12. Homosexuality is morally acceptable and homosexual rape of lower-class males and boys is a right of rulers, guardians and war heroes.

13. Only a few men are foreordained to understand life and higher good… the rest are equivalent of dumb sheep.

14. Absolute loyalty to the government is vital for the success and safety of society. A state sanctioned KGB-like network is an essential good.

15. Wealth is not essential to the safety of the state.

16. Virtue rejects troublemaking democracy (pure or direct democracy) as an end, yet shrewdly identifies it as the quickest, surest route to promoting the communist view of equality of ends.

There are more, but these are the ultimate goals, the communist goals, of Plato’s Third Wave/Third Way and where all this business begins.

Marx, like his forbearers of the 18th century communist cabal known as the Illuminati, invented nothing new. He stole heavily from Plato’s Republic without due credit and then ‘borrowed’ heavily from Hegel’s Godless dialectic view of history, Aristotle’s quantum leap view of evolution, and Plato’s cynical conception that the source of all law, morality, and religion is simply the strong and the rich erecting protectionist walls around their property and power.

Hitler’s German National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi) was another Third Wave setting. Hitler was a bit more advanced in the newer beliefs of the Third Wave. Hitler taught that the masses were dumb and needed a leader, they couldn’t self-rule. Fascism embraces much of Plato and Marx but utilizes different, and perhaps, superior methods of control — for all the while it lets citizens think they have a safe amount of freedom.”

Just like their talk about decentralization and democracy, Third Way proponents today talk of national “service” (Obama), “Compassionate Conservatism” (Bush), “Faith-Based” subsidies, and moral effective “partnerships” with cash for conversion. (most politicians).

Gingrich openly calls himself a futurist, which is the study of, and interest in, forecasting or anticipating the future, or theorizing on how to impose controls on events.

Gingrich revealed to Congress that he began working with the Tofflers in the early 1970s on a concept called anticipatory democracy. He says, “For twenty years we (who’s we?) have worked to develop a future-conscious politics and popular understanding that would make it easier for America to make the transition from the Second Wave civilization (the one the founders gave us) –which is clearly dying–to the emerging, but in many ways undefined, Third Wave civilization (Alvin Toffler’s Centrist Utopia).”

The majority of the above statements are directly from Steve Farrell’s wonderful article which I hope you’ll all take the time to read because of its utmost importance in understanding what is happening today with Republicans especially.

Woodcut by Francis Barlow, 1687; the end of “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” – Wikipedia


Truly we are surrounded in both the left and the right with Communists. Both are adept at hiding the truth of their doctrine in euphemistic language. Some are more bold than others like Newt Gingrich, but nearly all of the GOP candidates and most of our GOP politicians believe in much of what Toffler’s Third Wave represents for this country. As I wrote in my article, “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing,” it is the right-wing that is desperately trying to destroy our constitution with a new constitutional convention and don’t believe it when they tell you there are no dangers. The father of our constitution James Madison knew better and voiced a strong concern regarding any call for another convention. The so-called “White Hats” have such pretty speech that they convince the uneducated that they are helping to save the country, when in fact, they are part and parcel of the purposeful destruction. We need to force them to obey the constitution, not destroy or replace it.

I know that all things are in God’s Hands and He has the ultimate control. I also know that the only true thing that will save this country is the preaching of God’s Word. Having said that, we also must stand and fight for what we know is right and defeat the enemies of freedom.

We’ll discuss some of the other GOP candidates for president in the next article.


2012: Last Chance to Save Western Civilization?

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

At last! Someone who gets what this game is all about.

That is, the looming military destruction of mankind’s last, best hope – the United States of America and the subsequent end of Western civilization.

From the American Spectator, Peter Ferrara’s The Coming Crash of 2013:

Because of the willfully mindless irresponsibility and ideological self-indulgence of Obamanomics, America is mortally vulnerable to another recession at any time soon. The result would be precisely the national bankruptcy of Greece, where we cannot raise in the world credit markets the further debt to finance what will be well over half of our budgeted federal spending. We are already borrowing and adding to the debt to finance 43% of our federal spending today.

That is bad enough for a puny, insignificant nation like Greece, where riots increasingly leave the government dysfunctional, with the EU likely to take over the country effectively. But what is the effect when that happens to the world’s supposed superpower? America financed World War II by running up our national debt to its all-time record as a percent of GDP (for now). But that won’t be possible when we have already run ourselves into national bankruptcy.

Our potential military enemies will be quite aware of this historic vulnerability of America. Just as Reagan brought us Peace through Strength, Obamanomics will be inviting War through Weakness. With a 2013 American economic collapse that will also disable the entire West, the world’s uncivilized rogues from Russia, to China, to North Korea, to the Middle East Islamists dreaming of renewed world conquest, will all be tempted probably beyond resistance and reason to strike. They don’t need even to attack the homeland to deal America a decisive defeat. They can just decimate our suddenly overwhelmed allies, from Israel to South Korea to Taiwan to our allies in the Middle East, let alone some even in Europe.

The only way to get off this bullet train to oblivion is to radically reverse Obamanomics in dogged detail. The American people get one more chance to do that in 2012.

2012 is not the last chance for America. It is the last chance for the planet – period.

If Obama, the Democrats and RINO traitors are allowed to completely destroy the American economy, America’s multiple enemies will almost certainly unite to wipe the United States of America and its few remaining allies off the map.

This isn’t about recession versus depression, this is about survival versus annihilation.

Once America falls, world totalitarian dictatorship will quickly follow. Civilization, as we know it, will end.

Those are the stakes readers. Sorry to be so blunt and bleak, but that is what we are facing if Obama is not defeated and the republic not turned around in only a few short months time.

If Obama and his allies are not defeated in 2012, the West may possibly survive, but only by a miracle, not by our own efforts.

We can all believe in miracles, but would you bet your child’s life on one?