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U.S. officially bans arms sales to country

May 16, 2006

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— The U.S government officially banned all arms sales to Venezuela, accusing the government of President Hugo Chavez of not cooperating with Washington's anti-terrorism efforts.

The arms ban formalizes what has been a de facto policy as U.S.-Venezuelan relations deteriorated in recent months.

In November, the U.S. government acknowledged that it had moved to block sales of eight Spanish patrol boats and 12 aircraft to Venezuela, saying the equipment contained U.S. technology.

Venezuela maintained the boats and planes were to be used for non-offensive purposes, including combating drug traffic. Spain and Venezuela signed a deal anyway, replacing the gear in question with European components.

Earlier this year, the Bush administration quashed the sale of four Brazilian jets to Venezuela, citing U.S. components in the aircraft. Venezuela promptly announced that it would buy planes from Russia instead.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

The coup against this democratically elected leader didn't work, so I guess they are resorting to less ambitious methods.

But in other news, BushCo renewed full relations with a leader more to their liking in Libya and Qaddafi.

Maybe Chavez should blow up an airliner or two in order to get into good graces with BushCo.

erichaar 9 years, 2 months ago

Keep ties cut with Gadhafi, AND sever them completely with that madman Chavez.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

Yea, eric, it's a bad precedent to allow countries that supply our oil to democratically elect their leaders. These foreign leaders need to be kept in their place, which is to serve BushCo and the oil companies that own it.

badger 9 years, 2 months ago

Let's see, it's been 18 years since they were implicated in the terrorist attack that killed several hundred people, so we're pretty sure they got that out of their systems. But you're confident that if they killed some more, we'd be right back to being sure they were terrorist sponsors!

I'm tremendously comforted by that logic...

What, exactly, did President Bush do that ended the terrorist threat from Libya?

Besides, well, taking them off the list. Bold and heroic act, that.

Cause if it's been 18 years since their last likely terrorist involvement, why isn't every President for the last 18 years responsible for the fact that they haven't blown up any more planes? I must have missed President Bush's big push to end the terrorist threat from Libya, his initiatives, his stellar diplomatic efforts.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

"It's been 18 years since Libya was implicated in the downing of that Pan Am airliner."

Yea, he's a real model of restraint. Good thing that he's got Dumbya as his sponsor in Terrorists Anonymous. I bet he and few American oil execs Qadhafi can now do business with are godparents of the kids he adopted to replace the 2-year-old that Reagan had killed.

"ah gee... I needed that laugh this morning - thanks!"

I believe Chavez has won something like 8 or 9 national elections since taking office, each by rather a wide margin. Although you don't like the result, that is how democracies work.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

I don't "love" Chavez, but Venezuela's voters clearly do. That's because the fascists you'd prefer were in power created a country in which well over half of the population live in poverty. Chavez, for all his bombast, really is using his country's oil wealth to provide education and healthcare to these voters. No wonder BushCo prefers coups over elections to remove him.

And not everyone agrees with everything in the HRW report you cite:

http://venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1507

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

I suppose that's true, but an official policy of torture, kidnappings and murder is more than just a side effect.

Chavez has been dismantling the trappings of a very corrupt government bought off by oil money. I'm sure he's made mistakes, and like most national leaders, he's a bit of an egotist, so I have no doubt that Chavez deserves some of the criticism he gets. But let's be honest-- he's the enemy of BushCo not because he's a despotic dictator, for which there is absolutely no evidence, and even if he were, BushCo is perfectly happy doing business with those type folks if it serves their purpose (see article on Gadhafi.)

His real "transgression" is taking control of the Venezuelan Govt and its oil industry. Instead of this vast oil wealth serving a small elite aristocracy who did the bidding of multinational oil companies, he's taking care of the needs of all the Venezuelan people.

BushCo are scared to death of that very bad example.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

So he's using his political powers to remake the court(s) in ways favorable to him and his government. Like Bush (and every president that has preceded him) aren't appointing judges that will rule the way the want?

But you know, it really doesn't matter what we think about what he's in Venezuela. It does matter what the people there think, and so far they overwhelmingly approve of him. That's why he's the target of the BushCo Talking Points Dept. How else would Kevin and you other wingnuts know how to regurgitate your drivel on demand?

BOE 9 years, 2 months ago

A scant year and half ago......

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Libya: The Strongman Is Still Making Trouble

Up to his old tricks?: The CIA believes Libya's Kaddafi may have been involved in a bizarre plot against Saudi Arabia

By Michael Isikoff

Newsweek Nov. 1 2004 issue -

President George W. Bush counts Libya's decision to give up its nuclear-weapons program-a move that helped thaw relations with the longtime pariah regime of Col. Muammar Kaddafi-as one of his foreign-policy successes. To reward the Libyan strongman, Bush last month lifted most U.S. sanctions against Libya, prompting a rush of U.S. energy executives to Tripoli in search of drilling-rights concessions and other deals. (Among the beneficiaries: Halliburton, whose chief financial officer recently told investors that the Libyan market presented "a great opportunity for us.").

But U.S. counterterrorism officials are deeply uneasy. Libya is still on the State Department list of state "sponsors" of terrorism, and is likely to remain there for some time. One reason: mounting evidence that, Kaddafi and his top aides were financing a bizarre plot to assassinate Saudi ruler Crown Prince Abdullah by attacking his motorcade with grenade launchers.

When reports of the alleged plot surfaced last spring, U.S. intel officials downplayed it.

But corroboration-including a documented trail of Libyan payments to the alleged plotters-forced the CIA to change its assessment.

"The agency's view went almost overnight to, 'Oh God, there's something here'," said one U.S. official. "It's put the lifting of the 'state sponsor of terrorism' [designation] on indefinite hold."

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Lobbying for Libya-and Bush

A former administration official is raising eyebrows in Washington by working as a lobbyist for Kaddafi at the same time that she's trying to drum up Arab-American support for the president

WEB EXCLUSIVE By Michael Isikoff Newsweek Oct. 29, 2004

A last-minute endorsement of President George W. Bush by a hastily formed coalition of Arab-Americans was coordinated in part by a registered lobbyist for the Libyan regime of Col. Muammar Kaddafi-a government formally branded by the State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Randa Fahmy Hudome, who just this month signed a $1.4 million contract to represent the Libyan government, served as a behind-the-scenes "media consultant" helping to prepare this week's press release praising Bush's record in promoting "human rights, democracy and self-determination" in the Middle East, a chief organizer of the group told NEWSWEEK.

Copies of the Bush endorsement, and Hudome's candid comments on strategy and the prospective signatories, were shared with a top Bush campaign official prior to its release-and then inadvertently sent to an anti-Bush organization, which promptly posted them on its Web site.

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