By Gabriel Espinosa-Gonzalez — COHA, Feb 16th 2005
The Bush Administration's attempts at isolating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over his alleged support for Colombian terrorists has sullied Washington's already tarnished image and constitutes a serious misappraisal of the prevailing diplomatic atmosphere throughout the region.
Recent high-level meetings between Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe demonstrate each country’s commitment towards improving economic cooperation between the two neighbors. With the State Department stewardship now passing to Bush confidante and echo Condoleezza Rice, Washington likely will continue to emerge as an even more disruptive force towards Venezuela – Colombia relations than before.
The very real threat of foreign intervention in Venezuela, as the recent discovery of a paramilitary group in Caracas proves, has obligated the Bolivarian process to heighten its preparedness for self-defense.