Relations between US and Venezuela are becoming more and more tense. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez vowed not to accept Palmer as the new US Ambassador to Caracas because of his remarks on the presumed low morale inside the Venezuelan Army and the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuelan territory. Palmer's statements were made in a questionnaire that had been sent by Senator Richard Lugar, Republican Representative at the Committee on External Relations of the US Senate.
However, The US State Department is convinced that Larry Palmer is the most appropriate person to be the US chief of mission in Caracas. The US State Department insisted on Monday both on Palmer's assets to face the "challenge" of the US Embassy in Venezuela and the significance of diplomacy and communication to compromise and settle bilateral differences. The State Department also added that the Venezuelan government needed to investigate the alleged deployment of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Venezuelan territory.
- Larry Palmer, Go Home!
- Chavez rejects Larry Palmer as US Ambassador
- "Obama has no intention of following through on his promises"
Larry Palmer, Go Home!
"This article is a cry of alert to the Venezuelan people, to the President Hugo Chavez, to the Army, to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). It would be a historical mistake to give the approval to Larry Palmer (a CIA political agent). This CIA political agent would come to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to play the same role that played Kermit Roosevelt, head of the Ajax Operation, that overthrew Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran (1953).
"Those who know what the Ajax operation was - by looking on the internet and mainly through the reading of books such as 'The Cartel' by Edward Jay Epstein and 'All the men of the Shah' by Stephen Kinzer – are aware that we are in front of an imminent violent confrontation, a coup or a military intervention. There are several elements that threw the alarm: the provocation from Colombia, the mobilization of Yankees' troops on the Colombian border […] and the declarations of attack against the Bolivarian Army by the possible ambassador Larry Palmer.
"[…] Larry Palmer, a CIA political agent, a defender till death of the treaty for the freedom of commerce and the president since several years of the Inter American Foundation (IAF) - a CIA's façade that substituted the Alliance for Progress, an 'organization' promoted by US former President John Kennedy and manipulated by the Organization for American States (OEA), in order to neutralize the influence of the Cuban Revolution in Our America. The other aim of the IAF was also to penetrate with any kind of aid program in the poorest social layers, from where – according to the Yankees – the revolutionary germ gets its nutrition. […]
"It is worthwhile noting that Larry Palmer, when he was an ambassador in Honduras (2002-2005) […] he created from the embassy the whole penetrating web of the CIA, using USAID and the whole structure of the State and the government of Honduras. […] Palmer has the tendency to interfere in internal policies and there is no doubt that Obama wants with him to deepen the instability and to topple by any means President Chavez.
"When Larry Palmer was ambassador in Honduras, he was calling personally at any time (from the early morning) political leaders, MPs, heads of parties in order to approve the immunity to Yankee soldiers: those soldiers responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes in Honduras, won't be possible to deliver them to the International Criminal Court.
"Larry Palmer is the cleverer political and media operator that the Empire has ever sent to sabotage the Bolivarian Revolution. Scheduled war.
"It is for all that I've mentioned above that it would be a historical mistake to give the approval to Larry Palmer, a clear CIA agent."
Aporrea (Venezuela), Op-Ed by Alfredo Oliva, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 8, 2010
Chavez rejects Larry Palmer as US Ambassador
The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rejected Larry Palmer as US Ambassador in Venezuela. During the Sunday program, Aló Presidente, the Venezuelan leader said that Palmer "disqualified himself to come here as an ambassador, he cannot come here as an ambassador. He disqualified himself by breaking all diplomatic rules, by messing with us, including with the Army. He even said in the US Congress - in order to get applauses, surely, and it's from there that he cannot come here – that the Venezuelan Army is demoralized, divided, mentioning also officials by their own name. What is this guy? How this gentleman can be here an ambassador, he cannot be an ambassador, he disqualified himself."
Chavez then asked to US President Barack Obama to withdraw his candidacy as US ambassador to Venezuela. "Obama, how do you expect me to accept this gentleman as ambassador? The best thing is that you withdraw [his candidacy]. Obama, do not insist, I am asking you to do it. […] The best that the US government can do is to look for another candidate to evaluate him, but we cannot receive him, it is impossible that we can do it and the first one that has to understand it is the US government."
Venezuelan Presidential Press
August 6, 2010
"Obama has no intention of following through on his promises"
"On Tuesday, statements made by designated US Ambassador to Venezuela, Larry Palmer, on Venezuelan affairs were leaked to the press. Palmer, not yet confirmed by the Senate, showed low signs of diplomacy by claiming democracy in Venezuela was 'under threat' and that Venezuela's armed forces had 'low morale,' implying a lack of loyalty to the Chavez administration.
"Palmer additionally stated he had 'deep concerns' about 'freedom of the press' and 'freedom of expression' in Venezuela and mentioned the legal cases of several corrupt businessmen and a judge, which Palmer claimed were signs of 'political persecution,'
"Palmer questioned the credibility of Venezuela's electoral system, leading up to September's legislative elections, and said he would 'closely monitor threats to human rights and fundamental freedoms'. He also stated the unfounded and unsubstantiated claims made by Colombia of 'terrorist training camps' in Venezuela was a 'serious' and real fact obligating Venezuela to respond.
"Palmer affirmed he would 'work closely to support civil society' groups in Venezuela, indicating an intention to continue US funding of the opposition, which the US consistently has referred to as 'civil society.'
"These statements are a clear example of interference in internal affairs in Venezuela and an obvious showing that Obama has no intention of following through on his promises."
Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela)
 El Universal (Venezuela), August 9, 2010