US and Venezuela cut diplomatic ties

Us and Venezuela cut ties.  This originally stems from the refusal to seat the US diplomat due to some obviously tender words which Chavez didn't like.  We can't have Chavez dictating what a US ambassador can and can't say.  The US followed suit and expelled their ambassador as is common procedure.  I don't see the US changing their opinion on this matter so look for this to drag on for years. 

Life will go on for the US in Venezuela.  Even though we don't have an official ambassador figurehead, a lot will continue to function as normal via lower level officials, who will still be in the country.  Via Myway:

Chavez issued his dare a day earlier, saying he would not allow the U.S. diplomat, Larry Palmer, to be ambassador because the U.S. official made what Chavez described as blatantly disrespectful remarks about Venezuela.

"If the government is going to expel our ambassador there, let them do it," Chavez said, adding, "If they're going to cut diplomatic relations, let them do it."

U.S. diplomats familiar with the situation said the decision to revoke Bernardo Alvarez Herrera's visa came after Chavez's decision to withdraw his approval of Palmer. The diplomats said Alvarez is currently not in the U.S.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Palmer, who is awaiting Senate confirmation, angered Chavez by suggesting earlier this year that morale is low in Venezuela's military and that he is concerned Colombian rebels are finding refuge in Venezuela.

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