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Chavez: US diplomat won't be accepted as envoy


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MSNBC.com:

By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday went through with his threat to reject the diplomat nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. ambassador to Caracas.

Chavez said he won't accept Larry Palmer as envoy because he recently suggested morale is low in Venezuela's military and raised concerns about Colombian rebels finding refuge in Venezuela.

The socialist leader had said Thursday that he probably would refuse Palmer's ambassadorship, which has not yet been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

There was no immediate reaction from Washington on Chavez's announcement.

"Obama, how do you expect me to accept this gentleman as ambassador?" Chavez said.

"He disqualified himself, he cannot come as ambassador," he added.

As part of his Senate confirmation process, Palmer said last month that "morale is reported to be considerably low" in Venezuela's military because of politically motivated appointment.

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There is more of the article, but you get the drift. Urkel should certainly understand how Hugo feels in that the Urk has incredibly thin skin himself. Does anyone is the WH know what is going on? Did Hilary let him make this mistake? Palace intrigue.
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