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Commie Love-Fest On a Tropical Island

18 April, 2009

Sheesh!   Comrades  Obama and Chavez look like they need to rent a cheap motel room together and just be done with it already:

Low Oil Prices Bankrupting Our Enemies!

21 November, 2008

Good News in the midst of an economic collapse:

Crossposted from The Patriot Room

Bad Guys Going Down With The Ship: Russia, Iran, and Venezuela Nearly Bankrupt
Bill Dupray

While this economic storm blows our ship of state around, we may be taking on a little water, but our enemies look like they may be headed to the bottom. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys.

The price of gas at the pump has been cut in half since the summer. On Independence Day, we were paying more than $4.00 per gallon. Today, it is $1.99. That dramatic drop in less than 5 months has nearly destroyed the economies of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, all of whom rely on petrol-dollars to survive.

The U.K. Guardian says that Russia is “close to economic collapse.”

Russia is now lurching towards a major economic crisis, experts predicted today, following news that the price of oil had slumped to under $50 a barrel.

The collapse in the value of oil was likely to have several catastrophic consequences for Russia including a possible devaluation of the rouble and a severe drop in living standards next year, they warned. . . .

The fall in oil prices from $147 this July to below $50 today has blown a gaping hole in the government’s budget calculations. It is now facing a $150bn shortfall in its spending plans – and will have to slash expenditure in 2009. . . .

The oil slump, however, exacerbates Russia’s already severe economic problems. Since May Russian markets have lost 70% of their value. Russia’s central bank, meanwhile, has been spent $57.5bn in two months trying to prop up the country’s ailing currency.

“If the current trend continues with the government supporting the rouble, oil prices falling and a slowing economy we are going to have a major crisis,” said Chris Weafer, an analyst with the Moscow brokerage Uralsib.

He added: “There will be more pressure on the rouble and an extremely difficult first quarter next year.” Russia was more vulnerable than other countries because it was still an oil state, and had failed to diversify its economy, Weafer added.

Iran is in similarly horrific economic shape. Mahmoud may be in some trouble for pissing away the rainy day fund.

Iran is the second largest Opec oil producer and already feeling the pain of declining prices more than any other in the Middle East.

Its “rainy day” oil stabilisation fund, used to release profits when revenues decline, is reportedly badly depleted as a result of mismanagement by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government.

The precise figure is a state secret, but a member of parliament revealed recently it was $7bn – just enough to cover one year of imported petrol.

Ahmadinejad has seen two central bank governors resign and faces daily criticism of his policies. A strike by the powerful “bazaari” class over a new VAT tax – which would have aggravated inflation already at nearly 30% – was seen as a warning.

Iran is especially vulnerable because 80% of its revenue comes from oil. The IMF calculated recently that for Iran to balance its budget, the price of crude oil must not fall below $95 a barrel. With prices now below $50 the shortfall could be staggering.

And thug dictator Hugo Chavez in Venezuela may be the loud-mouthed king of a banana republic before this is all over.

Hugo Chavez has reduced Venezuela’s support to foreign allies and is poised to make deeper cuts at home and abroad as plunging oil revenues hit his self-styled socialist revolution.

The government has warned of austerity measures after years of breakneck spending on social programmes, nationalisations, arms and diplomacy, an exhilarating splurge when there seemed no end to petro-dollars.

South America’s energy giant relies on oil for half of its exports and 95% of government revenue, leaving Chavez’s ideological and political ambitions vulnerable to a crunch. . . .

Chavez recently said Venezuela would ride out any financial storm and that oil prices at $80 to $90 a barrel would be sufficient – an estimate which now looks optimistic. Earlier this year he suggested prices could soar to $200.

Things are tough all over in Venezuela. There will be belt tightening at the highest levels.

[H]igh-rolling government officials would have to cut back on sports utility vehicles and whiskey. “Many expenses, such as expenses on certain types of vehicles, cellulars and parties, will be eliminated.”

Hookers and crack dealers were also reportedly feeling the pain of the government cut-backs.

This highlights the damage we could do to the countries who offer the world nothing but, oil, Communism, and terrorists. If we were to drill our own oil, build 100 nuclear power plants, and encourage the development of alternative fuels, the economies of these countries would collapse and they would revert to the useless, barren, wastelands they were 100 years ago.

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

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.”


Hezbollah presence in Venezuela

28 August, 2008

Chavez and his boy toy

Shia islam is ran by criminals, clerics use oppression, intimidation, violence to keep their minions under control. While the clerics send the minions off to commit criminal acts the monies go not to the minions but back to iran, some is diverted to support hezbollah some is spent spreading the disease called “islam.” hezbollah is always touted as “Lebanon based” but it is controlled by iran. While others see a “religion”, I see a global criminal gang. Small wonder Iranian president ackmynadsareinagar and Venezuela’ president Hugeo Chavez’s are butt buddies. Both of these cheeps are only interested in the power to control their populations and now on building a global powerbase.

The Lebanese Shiite militia, linked to deadly attacks in Argentina in the 1990s, may be taking advantage of Chavez’s ties with its ally Iran, terrorism experts say.
By Chris Kraul and Sebastian Rotella, 27 August, 2008, Los Angeles Times
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Western anti-terrorism officials are increasingly concerned that Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shiite Muslim militia that Washington has labeled a terrorist group, is using Venezuela as a base for operations.

Linked to deadly attacks on Jewish targets in Argentina in the early 1990s, Hezbollah may be taking advantage of Venezuela’s ties with Iran, the militia’s longtime sponsor, to move “people and things” into the Americas, as one Western government terrorism expert put it.
-I can only guess as to what these “things” consist of but drugs and weapons are on the list.

As part of his anti-American foreign policy, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has established warm diplomatic relations with Iran and has traveled there several times. The Bush administration, Israel and other governments worry that Venezuela is emerging as a base for anti-U.S. militant groups and spy services, including Hezbollah and its Iranian allies.
-Hugeo may be a secret shia convert. Even he is not powerful enough to admit it but it does make sense. Even if he is getting massive amounts of money from the minions, I doubt he would allow these criminals to operate openly unless he has turned. Hatred of and jealousy of America would not be enough for a man as vain as him to agree with a power sharing arrangement between his own criminal network with one a powerful as hezboullah.

“It’s becoming a strategic partnership between Iran and Venezuela,” said a Western anti-terrorism official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the issue’s sensitivity.

Several joint Venezuelan-Iranian business operations have been set up in Venezuela, including tractor, cement and auto factories. In addition, the two countries have formed a $2-billion program to fund social projects in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America.

Those deepening ties worry U.S. officials because Iranian spies around the world have been known to work with Hezbollah operatives, sometimes using Iranian embassies as cover, Western intelligence experts say.
-Let me help you “analysts” out. Iran is hezbollah-got it? (more…)

Monetary Cold War Engineered by Vladimir Putin???

2 October, 2007


Are Iran, Russia, China behind dollar’s free-fall?
Some see ‘Currency Cold War’ meant to bring U.S. to its knees
October 2, 2007 – WND

WASHINGTON – The hottest selling book in China right now is called “Currency Wars,” which makes the case that the U.S. Federal Reserve is a puppet of the Rothschilds banking dynasty and it has persuaded some top officials Beijing should resist America’s demands to appreciate its own undervalued currency, the yuan.

This might not be news of concern to most Americans if the U.S. dollar were not in precipitous free-fall, having reached record laws against the euro yesterday.

What would it mean if China ever threw its economic weight around by dumping dollars in a major way?

Suffice it to say it is referred to in some quarters as China’s financial “nuclear option,” because it would be the economic equivalent of detonating a thermonuclear weapon in the world’s financial markets.

But the American dollar’s fate is hardly in the hands of the Chinese alone. Other foreign parties suspected of participating in a new “Currency Cold War” are Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

Diane Francis, a financial reporter for the National Post in Canada, says it plainly and boldly: “There is a Currency Cold War being waged by Russia, Iran and various allies such as Venezuela.”

The grand strategy being engineered by Vladimir Putin, she writes, is to force the use of euros as the international monetary standard as a transition to the Russian ruble.

“This is simply a monetary version of the old Cold War, minus the missiles,” she writes.


The State of U.S./Russian Relations

16 July, 2007

In the July 23, 2007 issue of Newsweek, Owen Matthews offers us an excellent analysis of the decline in relations between the United States and Russia in the pivotal aftermath of the 2003-04 Washington-backed “color” revolutions which toppled Moscow-friendly regimes in Georgia and the Ukraine.

I highly recommend reading this article in its entirety. 

(P.S. -Vlad the bear should recheck his wrist, just to make sure Bush didn’t acquisition a new watch…)


President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, shake hands at the end of their joint press availability Monday, July 2, 2007, at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Me. Said President Bush, “We had a good, casual discussion on a variety of issues… We had a very long, strategic dialogue that I found to be important, necessary and productive.” White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

The Tyrant’s Turn
Russian President Vladimir Putin was supposed to be a pro-American reformer. So what went wrong?
By Owen Matthews
MSNBC – Newsweek International

July 23, 2007 issue – George Bush stood with his hand on Vladimir Putin’s shoulder. It was November 2001, and the two leaders had just enjoyed Texas steaks personally barbecued by Bush at his family ranch, before heading to Crawford High School to address an audience of students. “It’s my honor to welcome a new style of leader,” Bush said as he introduced the Russian president. “A reformer, a man who loves his country as much as I love mine.” Putin had been the first foreign leader to call in the hours after 9/11 to offer support in the War on Terror, recalled Bush. “When I was in high school, Russia was an enemy,” he continued. “Now Russia is a friend.” Putin, responding with his trademark shy smile, praised Bush’s recent victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan and offered his “congratulations to those who have been liberated by [the U.S.] armed forces, and their relatives.”

It is hard to imagine such happy scenes today—let alone Putin’s congratulating Iraqis on their “liberation.” True, Putin still enjoys Bush-family hospitality, dining last month on lobsters at Bush’s parents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine. But though his shy smile remains the same, behind it is a very changed man. The new Putin, in the words of his adviser Gen. Gennady Troshev, former commander of the Russian Army in Chechnya, is “a different person—tough, stern, harsh with those who dare to doubt his orders.” (more…)

Chavez Passes More Gas…

27 November, 2006

More rantings from that Citgo guzzling Dhimmi Catholic, Hugo Chavez:

“On December 3 we’re going to defeat the most powerful empire on earth by knockout,” Chavez said.

I hate to break it to him, but winning an election on December 3rd doesn’t automatically defeat the United States. No sir, buddy! You’re going to have to fight our military first! And, then we’ll see who gets, “knockedout.”


Chavez vows to beat the “devil”
By Brian Ellsworth

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez on Sunday promised hundreds of thousands of supporters he would win a resounding victory in his December 3 reelection bid he describes as a challenge to Washington.

The former soldier and self-styled revolutionary is favored in the polls to beat rival Manuel Rosales after building a solid political base through a social development campaign financed by oil revenues.

Chavez supporters flooded Caracas thoroughfares waving flags and banners, congregating in different parts of the downtown a day after Rosales sympathizers held a similar march to close his campaign in the capital city.

“We are confronting the devil, and we will hit a home run off the devil next Sunday,” said Chavez, who ruffled feathers in October by calling President Bush the devil in remarks at the United Nations.

“On December 3 we’re going to defeat the most powerful empire on earth by knockout,” Chavez said.

Donning red like most of his supporters, Chavez delivered a two-hour speech marked by his signature combination of fiery leftist rhetoric and crowd antics typical of pop music concerts.

He spent nearly ten minutes trying to see which of four groups of demonstrators could cheer louder — then told them all to be quiet.

“Whoever talks first will turn into a donkey,” he thundered, only to break into his unmistakable giggle. (more…)

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