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08-15-2005, 03:57 PM
Chavez makes US oil export threat



Oil exports to the US could stop amid growing tensions between the two countries, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said.

He described recent US government actions as "aggressive" in a speech at a youth festival in Caracas.

As a result, Venezuelan oil "instead of going to the United States, could go elsewhere," he said.

Venezuela exports about 1.3 million barrels a day to the US and is the world's fifth largest oil producer.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated since President Chavez accused the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of spying on his government.

Washington denies the charge and has accused Caracas of failing to co-operate in the fight against drug-trafficking.

On Friday the Venezuelan government withdrew diplomatic immunity from DEA agents working in the country in response to a US decision to revoke the visas of six Venezuelan officials based in Washington.

Venezuela is an important transport route for cocaine from neighbouring Colombia, which produces 80% of the world's supply.

08-15-2005, 04:31 PM
If this happens, and the United States brings the "War On Drugs" out of mothballs as a reason to invade, remember this thread...


08-15-2005, 04:41 PM
I fully expect the US to invade Venezuela, if they stop sending us their oil.

08-15-2005, 04:44 PM
I fully expect the US to invade Venezuela, if they stop sending us their oil.

Can you imagine the next "terrorist attack" being blamed on "Drug Smugglers" from Colombia/Venezuela...

08-15-2005, 05:07 PM
You think gas is high now, if Venezuela cut off their oil, to us, prices would go through the roof. It would effect our whole economy.