Photo source: Miraflores Palace via Reuters / MSNBC, January 30, 2006

Photo source: Miraflores Palace via Reuters / MSNBC, January 30, 2006


Venezuela Dictator Vows To Bring Down U.S. Government

Venezuela Dictator Hugo Chavez has vowed to bring down the U.S. government. Chavez, president of Venezuela, told a TV audience: "Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world: down with the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this century."


Venezuela is sole owner of record of Citgo

Citgo is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. It was formerly known as Cities Service Company

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The guest on his television program, beamed across Venezuela, was Cindy Sheehan, the antiwar activist. Chavez recently had as his guest Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world."

Chavez is pushing a socialist revolution and has a close alliance with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Regardless of your feelings about the war in Iraq, the issue here is that we have a socialist dictator vowing to bring down the government of the U.S. And he is using our money to achieve his goal!

The Venezuela government, run by dictator Chavez, is the sole owner of Citgo
, their slogan "We're Your Neighbor." It was reported that Americans also have investments in Citgo.

Sales of products at Citgo stations provides profits directly back to Chavez's government and support for his in vow to bring Americans down. However, we've have all heard this kind of rhetoric before from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran. Times Online from the UK reported in October of 2005 comments from Mahmoud Abmadinejad, not much different from those of Chavez:

"Mr Ahmadinejad, who defends his country's 'inalienable right' to nuclear power and has called for a global Islamic revolution, told an audience of thousands of students that Israel was 'a fabricated entity' that Palestinians should wipe from the face of the earth."

How should everyday Americans react? If Americans want to help support a country through their purchasing power, one that threatens the American family's very existence, then so be it. That's why it's called a democracy. You can vote to keep it, or you can vote to destroy it.

Simple answers create simple decisions.

So take action. You can either support Chavez along with radicals like Cindy Sheehan, Harry Belafonte, and
actors like Danny Glover, or not support them.

Obviously, Chavez has not read Citgo's Mission statement on "Respect," which is posted below, our understanding that corporate mission statements are actually PR releases not always meant to be taken literally. They just make warm and fuzzy sounds:


We understand the value of people to our company's success. As such, we trust and respect each other, our customers and our stakeholders. We treat each other as we expect to be treated. We value the opinions of all employees, customers and stakeholders. This respect and trust is critical to teamwork and collaborative efforts. We will work as a team, seamlessly and across departmental lines to achieve our corporate goals.


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