The latest confrontation between the two adversaries took place on September 11, 2008, when President Chavez expelled the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duddy, in solidarity with Bolivia's leader, Evo Morales, who had taken similar action shortly before, Nerves were further stressed among Washing- ton officials when, as part of up coming military exercises in the Caribbean, two supersonic Russian bombers landed in Venezuela to take part in scheduled maneuvers. On a number of occasions, Chvez has labeled U.S. President George W. Bush as "the devil" and lately addressed an authence of supporters where he referred to the U.S. administration as "Yankees de mierda," in a speech that was being broadcast nationwide This approach raised eyebrows and left little room for the application of protocol or the use of civility that would be expected from a major political figure like Chvez.
council on hemispheric affairs | www.coha.org | vol. 28, no. 20 | SEPTEMBER 26 2008 Washington Report on the Hemisphere The Biweekly Source for Western Hemispheric News, Analysis, and Opinion
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