♠ Posted by Emmanuel in Latin America at 12/27/2007 03:32:00 PM
RGE's latest mailing brought to my attention this earlier YouTube propaganda clip by the firm CITGO. It is of course owned by Venezuela's national oil firm, PDVSA. If you will recall, Hugo "Go to Hell, Gringos" Chavez made a PR stunt earlier in the year by using it to sell low-priced heating oil to poor Americans. The ploy supposedly demonstrated that Venezuela's leader cared more for America's poor than Bush did. (Among other things, Chavez has called Bush the devil.) It was a pretty good stunt if attracting attention was the goal. Will Chavez make CITGO do so again in 2008? Your guess is as good as mine. Goodness knows energy prices are even higher now.