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Hugo Chávez's Dream U.S. Ambassador? He'd Take A Director Or A Philosopher

Toward the end of December, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez caused a diplomatic rift when he refused to accept President Obama's nomination of Larry Palmer as United States ambassador to Caracas.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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Early in 2010, Palmer said morale in the Venezuelan military was low and that he was concerned about ties between Colombian rebels and Venezuela.

Well, Chávez has now offered a resolution to spat. The Guardian reports:

In a televised speech on Tuesday, Venezuela's president said he had come up with a solution. "I hope they name Oliver Stone. I'll suggest a candidate ... Sean Penn or [linguist and philosopher Noam] Chomsky. We have a lot of friends there. Bill Clinton."