PDVSA response to sanctions: Hold me back, man, I don’t want to hurt you

In Venezuela, the oil minister and foreign minister are on live TV on all broadcast and domestic cable channels talking about the US’s sanctions against PDVSA. They are “rejecting” the measures as “illegal” and calling for workers to “mobilize in defense of our oil industry.” But when pressed by reporters for information about the specifics of what they’ll do in response, they are holding back. They say they are going to study the effects of the sanctions. Ramirez declined to comment on whether Venezuela actually sent fuel to Iran. He said Venezuela is committed to maintaining oil shipments to Citgo. He said PDVSA would consider cutting sales to Hovensa (a big refinery in the Virgin Islands, jointly owned with Hess) and other US customers that weren’t part of PDVSA.

The short of it is this. I think most people in the Venezuelan government know that these sanctions are just theater, and that they are more about shutting up Connie Mack than about shutting down PDVSA. But they can’t look weak before their public in an issue of national sovereignty, so they are going to huff and puff until they can find an excuse to move on to the next thing and forget all about this. They are responding to hot-air sanctions with a hot-air press conference. If only life could always be so simple.

As Otto says in his post on the topic, the wild card is Hugo. If he freaks out enough, it could cause more fireworks. For now, it’s very good to see ministers Ramirez and Maduro talking a lot and not saying anything.

The one weird thing here is this: Superstar Corina Rodriguez asked the ministers whether or not Venezuela shipped the fuel that the US says was shipped. I have rarely seen these guys dodge a straight question like that. I mean, if they did it, shouldn’t they just proudly announce, yes, we did it? But from what I heard, they declined to answer. Very odd. Maybe I missed something.

6 thoughts on “PDVSA response to sanctions: Hold me back, man, I don’t want to hurt you

  1. trucutru

    reportero (o serà repostero) chilenito, se nota que aprendiste a hablar el criollo que jode cuando estuviste por acà,,,,,no es “agàrrame que no te quiero hacer dano”, suena a marico,,,,es ‘agàrrame que lo mato!”….pajùo, jejejeje
    p.d.
    ya sè que no lo van a publicar ni me importa, total son toditos iguales, liberales de la boca para afuera,,,,sigan tomando champàn que ya viene la V flota cuerda de bolsas. jejeje…

      1. Kepler

        Set,

        Funny post, I had a good laugh. And indeed it will be all like that, but Chavismo will manage to explain to a million Venezuelans that the failures we have at home have something to do with the “US embargo”. It sounds incredible, but it is La Tierra de Gracia.

        I reckon this guy thinks the title you used is taken over from a related expression in Chilean slang that has more substandard words. This attitude of his is something rather common: people thinking their country/language/ideolect/gang/club is the centre of the world and anything they hear or see that is similar is just some blunt imitation, not the real thing.

  2. elpapadetrucutru

    ,,perdona a trucutru, es muy grosero,,,, pero te manda a decir que no seas tan pargo y le dejes esas mariqueras a los escuaco-fascista-chaburros y que mejor te dediques a publicar enlaces y noticias + importantes, tipo:
    http://www.bollier.org/now-underway-outrageous-international-land-grab
    http://www.ibcperu.org/
    http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=36528
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/brazil-loosens-restrictions-amazon-land-use
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/24/amazon-rainforest-activist-killed

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      Gracias por los links. Pero en vez de mostrar tu ignorancia y falta de educación aquí, porqué no vayas a wordpress.com y creas tu propio blog, donde palabras así estén bienvenidas y tu puedas lanzar todos los insultos que quieres? Es gratis.

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