There were a few mentions of this in the news last week, but then I guess that the White House called up the major media lapdogs and told them to quit talking about it, because there's been nothing else reported on the subject.
But eleven oil rigs owned by Helmerich & Payne--an American company--have been stolen by the socialist government of Hugo Chavez because Helmerich & Payne dared insist that the Venezuelan government pay them millions of dollars that the company was entitled to per existing drilling contracts. And this isn't the first time this has happened. Last year, the Chavez regime grabbed oil rigs belonging to another US company, Ensco International, ostensibly over another payment dispute. (The American companies drill for the oil but Venezuela refuses to pay for it despite having contracted for the work.)
So what has the Obama Administration done about this open theft of property owned by Americans? Well Duh! They sent the US Navy and the Marines down there and kicked Hugo Chavez in the ass.
Whoops! Apparently they didn't. That's what Teddy Roosevelt would have done, or Ronald Reagan, but those strong leaders aren't in office and more, and their pledges to protect the lives and property of Americans abroad aren't being honored by this Administration. You see, we now have a girly-man in office--one who believes that the US military is a force of evil in the world, one that looks up to Hugo Chavez and admires the way that he's socialized that nation and taken control of everything there. So nothing happens, other than a statement from our once-respected State Department that our government "hopes" that Helmerich & Payne is compensated by the Venezuelans.
Yeah, keep hoping, there. That'll happen.
2012 can't come fast enough for me. Maybe this time around, we'll elect another real leader who knows what he's there to do. The last time that our country allowed other nations to punk us like this was from 1977 to 1981, and it all stopped the day that President Carter walked out of the White House and President Reagan walked in. Hopefully Obama's replacement will have the same effect and the world will start respecting America again.
And Republicans...that means that you guys have to put a real conservative up this time, not just some tired old RINO senator who claims that it's his turn.