Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Chavez shows us something of which to expect more

CNN (my emphasis):
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans Monday to nationalize Venezuela's electrical and telecommunications companies, pledging to create a socialist state in a bold move with echoes of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution.

"We're moving toward a socialist republic of Venezuela, and that requires a deep reform of our national constitution," Chavez said in a televised address after swearing in his Cabinet. "We are in an existential moment of Venezuelan life. We're heading toward socialism, and nothing and no one can prevent it."

Chavez, who will be sworn in Wednesday to a third term that runs through 2013, also said he wanted a constitutional amendment to eliminate the autonomy of the Central Bank and would soon ask the National Assembly, solidly controlled by his allies, to give him greater powers to legislate by presidential decree.

The nationalization appeared likely to affect Electricidad de Caracas, owned by Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corp., and C.A. Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela, known as CANTV, the country's largest publicly traded company.

"All of that which was privatized, let it be nationalized," Chavez said, referring to "all of those sectors in an area so important and strategic for all of us as is electricity."

"The nation should recover its ownership of strategic sectors," he said.
This is what Sun Tzu meant when he wrote about prolonged wars, and that the best general/leader achieved his aims without conflict.


Blogger Chuck said...

I am certainly no Socialist or Communist but Chavez has a very good point about a nation owning strategic sectors.

I have been concerned for years about our dependence on foriegn sources for steel, copper, aluminum, oil, electronics and many other strategic materials. It is true that we still maintain production capabilities in most of these materials but not on a scale that could allow us to ramp up for a conflagration.

Other than that, if Chavez said coal is black I would check to make sure.

BTW, when are you departing for your new job in the military?

5:12 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Night of 2/27/2007.

5:15 PM  

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