Obama’s diplo-magic mystery tour: From snuggling with Cuba to fondling Venezuela

Obama’s diplo-magic mystery tour: From snuggling with Cuba to fondling Venezuela
Diosdado Cabello and Nicolas Maduro get their Chavista Bolivar on. (Image: AFP via toteinteresa.es)

[Ed. – Remember in 2009 when Honduras, struggling to keep its constitution intact under assault from a Hugo Chavez-crony left-winger, was chopped liver?  All of Obama’s “outreaches” go one way.]

Reuters cites a “senior U.S. administration official” as confirming that American diplomats have been working to establish a line of communication between Maduro and President Obama, particularly following the expansion of relations with Cuba, which Venezuela appears to have taken as a sign that they, too, can benefit from overtures to El Imperio. “He realized that if we can talk to the Cubans, we can talk to him. … We approached it very carefully because we had seen this before, but there was also U.S. concern that the relationship was reaching such a dangerous point that it risked breaking completely,” the source told Reuters. …

After that event, Reuters reports, the Venezuelan government attempted to establish a “direct channel of communication” between Washington and Caracas, which the White House addressed delicately. Washington deployed Tom Shannon, whom Reuters describes as “a seasoned diplomat and the State Department’s legal counselor,” to speak to Maduro before the Summit… Shannon also met with Diosdado Cabello, the Venezuelan second-in-command and head of the legislature, in Haiti…

Cabello is widely believed to be the head of a major cocaine trafficking operation, the Cartel de los Soles, and had close ties to Latin American representatives of the Iranian-Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah.

Cabello is at the forefront of reestablishing embassies between the United States and Venezuela…

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