Friday, August 03, 2012

Venezuelan oil deals

Henrique Capriles says he will end preferential oil deals if he is elected president, saying you shouldn't have to buy friends. If he does become president, then I hope he realizes that in the international system you are in much better shape if you can buy friends. It wouldn't surprise me, in fact, if he simply chooses to buy different friends.

In any case, it's notable that the countries cited are all over the place ideologically, given that we mostly hear about Cuba:

The youthful former state governor named Belarus, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Argentina as countries that would stop receiving oil on preferential terms.

And you gotta love the gratuitous insertion of "youthful" in there, presumably in contrast to the "other puffy candidate."


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