They're going to attack us
U.S. General Says Chávez Worries Region
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: October 3, 2006
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Oct. 2 — The commander of United States military activities in Latin America said Monday that Venezuela under President Hugo Chávez had become a destabilizing force, and that other countries in the Western hemisphere shared that concern.
The commander, Gen. Bantz J. Craddock of the Army, said, “What I have heard in the last few months is more concern by more countries” about an increase in Venezuela’s purchase of weapons, especially small arms.
United States officials said Venezuela had used its oil wealth to undermine democratic forces in other Latin American countries. “There’s a factor here that is destabilizing,” General Craddock said.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and General Craddock were in Managua for a meeting of defense ministers from more than 30 countries in the hemisphere.
In recent months, Venezuela has bought AK-47 assault rifles and military helicopters from Russia and patrol boats from Spain.
General Craddock said he did not know the reason for the purchases. “I don’t have much military-to-military contact with Venezuela,” he said.
Asked about Venezuela’s recent call to form a military coalition in opposition to the United States, General Craddock said, “I don’t see any traction” for the proposal.
Delegates from Brazil and other countries said they “did not see a rationale or need” for such a coalition, General Craddock said.
On Sunday, President Chávez said he had received warnings that the United States might be plotting to assassinate him. General Craddock responded: “That’s mindless. That’s far out. It’s way over the top.”
Yes, just like the US recognizing the coup leaders in Venezuela before they failed badly. Just like the US funding the opposition. Chavez is far from stupid. You think anyone in the South Bronx was upset when he gave them cheap oil. I nearly spit my breakfast out when I read the Daily News's demand that people refuse it.
Like ExxonMobil was going to step in.
The media might have been shocked when he called Bush the devil, but most people could give a shit. That cheap oil is the difference between medicine and no medicine for the elderly.
Chavez has lived a lot longer than Patrice Lumumba and had more influence than Fidel Castro, since he isn't propped up by the Russians, but by oil money. He would do well to worry about someone trying to kill him.
posted by Steve @ 9:34:00 AM