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Odysseus
01-03-2011, 05:23 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/media/ALeqM5imWSvYPxHk9a-hE7CXyYEuQmLmww?docId=photo_1293919615553-1-0&size=l

(AFP) 2 days ago

BRASILIA Despite a simmering diplomatic row, President Hugo Chavez and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were seen having a brief, friendly chat at the inauguration of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

The encounter Saturday came only three days after the United States revoked the visa of Venezuela's ambassador in Washington, in reprisal for Chavez's rejection of the US president's appointed ambassador to Caracas.

A Brazilian official who witnessed the encounter told AFP, "It looked like a social conversation, both were smiling," and Chavez later confirmed the amiable tenor of their conversation in an interview with Venezuelan state television.

"Mrs Clinton, the secretary of state, appeared. She was smiling, very pleased, and so was I," said Chavez. "We greeted each other and spoke about a few things," he said.

"It was a pleasant moment, but we took advantage of it and spoke of two or three timely things," he said without elaborating.

Chavez and Clinton mingled with the presidents of Chile and Colombia and the prime minister of Portugal while waiting to meet Rousseff.

At one point, Chavez extended his hand to Clinton, who shook it, smiling. They chatted for a few minutes before moving on to formally greeting Rousseff.

Chavez on Tuesday reaffirmed his decision to reject diplomat Larry Palmer as President Barack Obama's ambassador-designate to Caracas, and challenged Washington to break off diplomatic relations if it didn't like it.

The State Department responded the following day by revoking the visa of Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, who was in Venezuela on vacation.

A US State Department spokesman on Wednesday said the visa revocation was an "appropriate, proportional and reciprocal action," recalling that Washington had already warned of "consequences" if Caracas turned down the US ambassador-designate.

Palmer infuriated Chavez by criticizing his government during Senate confirmation hearings in August. He is still awaiting confirmation by the US Senate.

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Anyone want to bet that we won't see that photo very much in the MSM?

Odysseus
01-03-2011, 05:31 PM
BTW, anyone remember Hillary's smooch with Suha Arafat, the wife of the father of modern terrorism? This happened right after Suha made false claims (in Arabic) that the Israeli government was responsible for cancer rates in Palestinian areas. Hillary, who had a real-time translator, claimed not to have understood her remarks.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/28/Hillaryandsuha.jpg/300px-Hillaryandsuha.jpg

lacarnut
01-03-2011, 05:48 PM
BTW, anyone remember Hillary's smooch with Suha Arafat, the wife of the father of modern terrorism? This happened right after Suha made false claims (in Arabic) that the Israeli government was responsible for cancer rates in Palestinian areas. Hillary, who had a real-time translator, claimed not to have understood her remarks.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/28/Hillaryandsuha.jpg/300px-Hillaryandsuha.jpg

No surprise here. Democrats are buddy buddy with our enemies and kick our friends in the ass. Hillary shakes hand with Chavez but her boss will not take a letter from the Gov. of TX. At least, the bitch did not bow.

m00
01-04-2011, 02:57 AM
BTW, anyone remember Hillary's smooch with Suha Arafat, the wife of the father of modern terrorism? This happened right after Suha made false claims (in Arabic) that the Israeli government was responsible for cancer rates in Palestinian areas. Hillary, who had a real-time translator, claimed not to have understood her remarks.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/28/Hillaryandsuha.jpg/300px-Hillaryandsuha.jpg

Well, isn't there also one of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam? Seems a bit silly to call out one side for making nice with dictators when it's business as usual in Washington.

Odysseus
01-04-2011, 10:33 AM
Well, isn't there also one of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam? Seems a bit silly to call out one side for making nice with dictators when it's business as usual in Washington.

There is. And we've seen it constantly since the invasion of Iraq. Sauce for the goose.