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Concerns raised on Venezuela’s weapons

October 3, 2006

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— The recent military build-up in Venezuela by U.S. nemesis President Hugo Chavez has other countries in the region worried that the weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday.

"I can understand neighbors being concerned," said Rumsfeld, who is attending a meeting of Western hemisphere military leaders in Managua this week.

Asked whether he believes Venezuelan officials' contention that the weapon buys are strictly for defense and not a threat to the region, Rumsfeld said, "I don't know of anyone threatening Venezuela - anyone in this hemisphere."

Venezuela's defense minister Gen. Raul Isaias Baduel, who is also attending the meeting, said Monday that his country's recent military spending spree wasn't "an arms race," despite Washington's protests.

Chavez, however, has repeatedly charged that United States is planning to invade his country, a claim American officials dismiss as preposterous. And Chavez said Sunday that he's heard the Bush administration is plotting to assassinate him or topple his regime.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

"U.S. nemesis President Hugo Chavez"

He's a BushCo nemesis, not a US nemesis. BushCo is the real "US-nemesis."

Given that world opinion holds BushCo as the greatest threat to world peace, this article about the claims by BushCo of the military threat of a third-world country is beyond absurd.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

Chavez is a bit of a Huey-Long type bombastic populist, but he's not a "S. American Emir."

He's offered to sell oil for $50 a barrel, plus give poor communities cut-rate prices on top of that. But his contigency on that is that Venezuela get all that $50 to spend on their very poor citizens, rather than sending it to banks in Miami and New York.

That's why the BushCo Oiligarchy wants him dead.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 6 months ago

Until Chavez, the money went almost exclusively to the oil companies that pumped the oil, and the ruling oligarchy that made sure it stayed that way.

Whether you like Chavez or not, he walks the talk in terms of spending the oil money on the poor folks that had been previously ignored for centuries. And that's why he will be re-elected in a couple of months.

Here's Why Chávez Is So Mad http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1004-26.htm

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