2015 March 10 Tuesday
Venezuela Declared US National Security Threat

Since Venezuela has been declared a US national security threat things are looking brighter in Caracas. Are we going to invade?

I say bravo Venezuela! Think of the hurdles the Venezuelan government had to overcome to make it into the elite ranks of US national security threats. Few nations hear the call. Fewer still succeed. For a small, corrupt petro-state with chronic shortages of most products the only things it had going for it was a anti-Yankee tradition of screwing Western oil companies and an alliance with the vibrant communist state of Cuba. But apparently that was enough. Even as its economy implodes in moronically state-imposed hyperinflation, socialism, and plummeting oil revenues Venezuela has been able to get itself classified as a first class global player!

So Venezuelans, you might not have enough toilet paper, meat, rice, bread, soup, diapers, toys, clothes, furniture, drugs, surgical supplies, car parts, toothpaste, soap, shoe laces, and other items too numerous to list. Your leaders are very irresponsible and you are yourselves even more irresponsible for voting for them. And of course your international influence has obviously shrunk along with the price of oil. But hold your heads high. The US government has awarded you with a rarely granted honor: US National Security Threat!

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 March 10 02:10 PM 


Comments
Mike Street Station said at March 11, 2015 7:32 AM:

There is a bit of Irony here. When Obama first took office he went on his "apology tour," met Chavez, and declined to defend America. Of course, politically, Obama and Chavez's revolution were simpatico. Fast forward almost 7 years later and now they are a national security threat, which is simply a slight-of-hand to get sanctions onto Venezuela.

Mike Street Station said at March 11, 2015 7:40 AM:

There is a bit of Irony here. When Obama first took office he went on his "apology tour," met Chavez, and declined to defend America. Of course, politically, Obama and Chavez's revolution were simpatico. Fast forward almost 7 years later and now they are a national security threat, which is simply a slight-of-hand to get sanctions onto Venezuela.

Seth W. said at March 11, 2015 4:05 PM:

"Your leaders are very irresponsible and you are yourselves even more irresponsible for voting for them."

I think that's a little naive from you Randall. Do you really think anybody in Latin America elects their leaders? Do we?

I don't know how much you remember that not too long ago Russian ships arrived in Latin America; Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Russia and Cuba agreed to train Cuban specialists in Russia. This is a very important aspect, as it means the technical and mental attachment of the armed forces of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to Russia. This marks a return to the Soviet system of allied military cooperation between Russia and Latin America.


Venezuela offered its "friendly ports" to Russian ships as well. The country is willing to organize joint drills with Russia, including with the use of multiple rocket launchers. It is possible that aircraft of the Russian Air Force may land in the country someday soon as well.

Russia is talking about helping build a canal in Nicaragua.

The contract for the purchase of Pantsir S1 is to be signed in July 2015, according to the Ministry of Defence of Brazil. The systems will serve to defend the presidential palace, strategic factories, such as Embraer factory of aerospace and defense equipment, a submarine base and Itaguaí Naval Shipyard, where Brazil is building its first-ever nuclear submarine.

Moscow will begin shipping patrol gunboats in Managua during the second half of 2016 as part of the package that Russia offered Nicaragua last year.


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