• Source: The White House Archives
  • Venezuela Bars Bush And Cheney As 'Terrorists'

    The travel bans target those who “violated human rights and bombed villages as in Iraq, Syria and Vietnam.” - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro announced sweeping new travel restriction for American tourists in a speech last Saturday, including the requirement that all Americans traveling to Venezuela first obtain a visa. 

    “In order to protect our country..." proclaimed Presidnt Maduro, "I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela.”

    President Maduro said American tourists will now have to pay a fee comparable to the one Venezuelans pay to visit the U.S.

    According to RT.com, President Maduro went on to announce former president George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney will not be among those granted a travel visa. The Venezuelan president says they are banned as "terrorists" for their actions in Iraq. Also named as persona non-grata were Republicans Senator Marco Rubio and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, as well as Democratic senator Robert Menendez.

    pres.jpgTensions have been higher than usual between Venezuela and the U.S. after President Maduro (photo right) accused Vice President Joe Biden as being the mastermind behind an attempted coup last month. Citing American interference, President Maduro also announced new restrictions on the size of the American embassy staff. 

    First I have ordered the Foreign Ministry...to limit the number of officials at the (U.S.) embassy in Venezuela. They have 100 staff, we have 17."

    U.S. diplomats will now be required to have prior approval from the Foreign Ministry for all meetings they conduct in Venezuela. President Maduro insists these measures are to "control American interference." 

    There was no immediate response from the White House or the State Department.

     

    Photo via the White House Archives 

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    • commented 2015-03-05 14:09:50 -0500
      It’s nice to see Bush and Cheney being treated as they should be. Now if only they were imprisoned for their crimes.

    • commented 2015-03-05 02:26:39 -0500
      Such a beautiful country, Venezuela, run by another ass clown. Per Bill Clinton, “I feel your pain.” We do here in the USA. Maybe we can swap ass clowns, but you are better off with the current, though.

    • commented 2015-03-04 19:42:51 -0500
      GW Bush and Dick Cheney were in line to get visas to go to Venezuela and they were very disappointed by Mad Dog Maduro’s ruling! Cheney will have to go hunting while Bush will cut some more brush!

    • commented 2015-03-04 18:32:25 -0500
      What’s laughable is Maduro using the terms “mastermind” and “Joe Biden” in the same sentence.

    • commented 2015-03-04 18:23:03 -0500
      Believing Joe Biden as a mastermind of anything is evidence of a deranged mind.

    • commented 2015-03-04 18:22:21 -0500
      Why aren’t we arming the rebels and insurrectionists in Venezuela? Surely they must be the “Good Guys”?

      Our current admin has no qualms about arming the “Bad Guys” !

      But then again … who really gives a damn regarding this drivel? If we were to take it seriously, we should declare the entire Venzuela contingent in the USA PERSONA NON GRATA and sendin them packing home until they show some manners.

      Personally I am sick and tired reading about third-world dictators bashing the USA. F em.

    • commented 2015-03-04 08:32:30 -0500
      This is laughable, affects me less than global warming and I am just wondering does this apply to Sean Penn and Harry Belafonte and that other douchebag – I cannot even think of his name he is so irrelevant – I COULD NOT CARE LESS ABOUT THIS and if affects me less than ZERO! Good luck finding toilet paper!!!

    • commented 2015-03-03 01:09:25 -0500
      Venezuela has done more for human rights and social equality in the last 30 years than has the USA or UK. It is the one nation that has taken the bold and courageously correct stand to call out the world’s greatest evils: Bush, Cheney, Rubio, et al. It is past time that the USA stop coddling these tyrants and traitors of human liberty and civil rights and to hand Bush, Cheney, Rubio et al over to the world crime, with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld et al to be tried for war crimes, and Rubio, Cruz et al for their attacks on the dignity and rights of Latino people.

    • commented 2015-03-02 17:20:02 -0500
      “President Maduro said American tourists will now have to pay a fee comparable to the one Venezuelans pay to visit the U.S..” They aren’t the first. Three out of the four South American countries I visited a few months ago have done the same thing, though Argentina doesn’t require a formal visa, just payment online and then printing out a proof-of-payment sheet.

    • commented 2015-03-02 16:36:31 -0500
      Good for them! I wouldn’t want Bush in my country either.
      The rest of the changes sound reasonable.

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