Unformatted text preview: re, let them do it!,” Chavez said in a televised speech Tuesday night. “If they’re going to cut diplomatic relations, let them do it!”¶ “Now the U.S. government is threatening us that they’re going to take reprisals. Well, let them do whatever they want, but that man will not come,” Chavez said.¶ The Senate may be in position to defuse the standoff, if Harry Reid is inclined to do so. Palmer has yet to be confirmed. Obama could still insist that he will not back down from his nominee, putting the Senate in position to decline his confirmation due to the negative reception Palmer has received in the host country. That would allow Obama to save some face while maintaining diplomatic relations with Venezuela.¶ Overall, though, the situation has become a mild embarrassment for Obama. During the presidential campaign, Obama insisted that he could change the nature of the relationship between the US and Venezuela by personally meeting “without preconditions” with Chavez, along with other tinpot dictators and lunatics like Mahmoud Ahmadi...
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