Hugo and Hillary have a 'friendly chat'

We revoke the visa of the Venezuela ambassador and then three days later, our Secretary of State plays nice with Chavez?

Despite a simmering diplomatic row, President Hugo Chavez and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were seen having a brief, friendly chat Saturday at the inauguration of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

"They talked and smiled, at least for five minutes. It looked like a social conversation, both were smiling," a Brazilian official who witnessed the encounter told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The encounter came only three days after the United States revoked the visa of Venezuela's ambassador in Washington, in reprisal for Chavez's rejection of the US president's appointed ambassador to Caracas.

But Chavez and Clinton were all smiles as they mingled with the presidents of Chile and Colombia and the prime minister of Portugal while waiting to meet Rousseff.

At one point, Chavez extended his hand to Clinton, who shook it, smiling. They chatted for a few minutes before moving on to formally greeting Rousseff.

There were no reports on what was said between them.

Chavez on Tuesday reaffirmed his decision to reject diplomat Larry Palmer as President Barack Obama's ambassador-designate to Caracas, and challenged Washington to break off diplomatic relations if it didn't like it.

Uncle Hugo didn't like what Palmer had to say about his dictatorial rule during his senate confirmation hearings. So he insulted us by refusing Palmer's credentials. We respond by revoking the ambassador's visa and the next thing you know, Hillary is playing patty-cakes with the Venezuelan president.

When are the adults going to be in charge of our foreign policy?