Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why did Colombia's president Santos receive Capriles?

The real reason was to send a clear message to Chavez:

“Listen Hugo.

We know that you are an insufferable asshole and that your campaign methods would send you straight to jail in any semi civilized country. We, your neighbors, and I speak for most of the continent, are not fooled even if we can do nothing about it. However, if in spite of all your treachery Capriles manages to win, we are going to recognize him. Don't you dare steal the election!

I, for one, will not allow you to fuck up what I am trying to negotiate with the FARC. And stealing elections and sending Venezuela into more chaos is not going to help me. So, help me God if you mess up in October 7 at night. If you play dirty be assured that all the files that Uribe left me will be used as necessary. I do not give a rat's ass about who wins, really, but whoever does, he wins.

Got that?”


  1. Oh, my goodness! Daniel, te superaste en esta rendición del diálogo!

  2. Excellent interpretation. But do you think Chavez sees it that way? Or his cohorts?

  3. Anonymous7:40 AM

    "Why Did Colombia's President Santos Receive Capriles ?

    Well, maybe Santos had no choice.

    1. Anonymous7:51 AM

      If you care to look at the number of times Dilma managed to avoid meeting with Chavez (a sitting president), you'll notice that presidents do indeed have a choice to avoid meeting with whoever they don't care to meet. And Capriles' sole position at the moment is candidate for president, a position that in NO way would require any president to spend time in a meeting.

      So yeah, this meeting means a whole lot. And not even Chavez could have missed that.

  4. Charly8:37 AM

    Mane, tekel phares?

  5. I think it's an excellent sign.


  6. Anonymous2:11 PM

    Nice looking business suit and tie on Capriles. This meeting should also help his credibility in international affairs.

  7. kernel_panic3:16 PM

    Apparently, the CNE isnt giving some miembros de mesa their credentials and certificates of completion of the "how-to-be-a-miembro-de-mesa" course, and instead, they are giving them to full known chavistas

    Interesting move from the government: no credential->you cant go in->we can make fraud

  8. Anonymous10:21 PM

    "If you play dirty be assured that all the files that Uribe left me will be used as necessary"-Why didn't Santos do this before- other than he wanted to "bleed" Chavez of
    money and get some payments for Colombia
    that were due...
    Anonimo #5

    1. because santos is not interested in going to war with venezuela. he knows that a regime like chavez will collapse of its own weight sooner or later and waiting to pick up the pieces is just fine. however, if chavez were to become aggressive, then this changes parameters.

      in other words santos is not there to please you and me.

  9. Where are the ¨like¨ buttons here?

  10. It is a profound gesture from Santos, signaling to the world that he believes Capriles is going to win. Why did Dilma not receive him? Pressure from Chavez to Brazil foreign ministry... but Capriles already indicated his first trip is to Brazil. Chavez has been good for Brazil, economically that is, but once it is clear that Capriles has won, the Brazilian government will not hesitate to recognize him.


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