Archive for the ‘FARC’ category

Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Hezbollah, and FARC – A Deadly Brew

19 September, 2008

Some crazy stuff going on with Hugo Chavez and his buddies that is going to come back and bite us on the rump if we don’t act soon:

Chavez’s Dangerous Liaisons
Venezuela teams up with Russia and Iran.
by Jaime Daremblum – The Weekly Standard
09/19/2008

Russia’s dispatch of long-range bombers to Venezuela for joint military exercises may not signal the start of a new Cold War, but it does provide more evidence that Hugo Chávez has become the chief source of hemispheric instability. To be sure, the Venezuelan president is increasingly unpopular in Latin America (and increasingly unpopular at home), and his influence over regional politics is declining. But high oil prices have given him the power to cause trouble and threaten U.S. interests.

Venezuela’s announcement that it will stage war games with Russian forces was at least partly a response to American security policy. Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy reestablished its Fourth Fleet, which had been disestablished way back in 1950. The Fourth Fleet will oversee U.S. naval activities in Latin American and Caribbean waters. By planning sophisticated military maneuvers with Russian warships, Chávez is making a bold show of anti-Yankee defiance. (The Kremlin, of course, has its own reasons for wanting to irritate Washington.)

His pockets bulging with oil wealth, Chávez has spent billions of petrodollars on Russian weapons. He has also reached out to Iran and cultivated warm bilateral relations. As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, Western officials fear that the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah “is using Venezuela as a base for operations.” One Western anti-terrorism official told the Times that the Venezuela-Iran relationship is “becoming a strategic partnership.”

(more…)


%d bloggers like this: