Watching Government: Zero tolerance

Earlier this month the US State Department lost patience with Venezuela, one of the US' top three sources of imported oil.The US recalled its ambassador for a vague "policy review" after left wing President Hugo Chavez criticized the US' bombing of Afghanistan.The US used to be much more tolerant: policymakers barely criticized Chavez when he visited Saddam Hussein a few years ago.But the White House's new attitude seems to have paid off: soon after the US made its displeasure known, the mercurial Chavez told a local newspaper he would be satisfied with a crude price of $20/bbl.Against OPECMeeting Washington's higher expectations was a considerable concession for Venezuela...

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