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Posted on 02/12/2005 7:28:32 AM PST by David1
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If we stopped the War on Varios Drugas, Chavez would be easy pickings. As long as we keep the narco trade black it empowers thugs like he and Castro.
Anyway, much like Saddam's 19th province claim on Kuwait and the Argies claim on The Falklands, the history of this border is murky enough to encourage Chavez. After all, if he moves in the near term, he'd have a pretty solid SA block behind him or neutral. But the geography makes me almost hope he tries something conventional, rather than the more covert, and successful, means he's now using in Bolivia and Colombia. Park a carrier or two off the coast and watch Hugo's pricey new toys explode.
Hugo's got oil. He's Castro's new sugar daddy. Fidel tried to use drug revenue to replace the USSR's backing, but it just wasn't getting the job done. The Leftists are gaining ground in corners of LA where drugs are but a secondary issue.
I think you are onto something. I will watch with great interest. All of what you said, plus, Guyana has a reputation for attracting low-life-loser-KoolAid-drinkers.
I also find your use of the word, "colorable", fascinating in this context.
Not Castro. The illegal "right-wing narcoista" trade throughout Central America. Creates social and political dynamics that allow a Chavez standing. Massive corruption among the authorities.
...sounds a lot like the Democracks in Wash State, too, come to think of it.
the houston chronicle has an article today that chavez is inviting conocophilips in for an oil deal.
"propose that we move to the offensive, just like the imperialists have moved to the bloody and ruthless offensive. If you don't believe me, look at Iraq."
If nothing else, it has been worth the price to see these little dogturd despots wet their pants when they think about President Bush and the US military. Chavez, Jong Il, Gaddafi, the Iranian mullahs, all quaking in their silken slippers.
Buying 40 helicopters and 50 Mig 29's? That'll help the "lower masses" plenty.
Baloney - poverty has shot up since this thug got his hands on the oil. His oil benefits a few cronies on the ground and most of the billions are in Cayman island banks or safe with fidel who's suddenly gotten a bunch of billions no one knows how he managed to get. There are gonna be some big news stories out there coming soon about chavez's massive oil ripoff. By their results do you judge them and right now, despite record-high oil prices, venezuela's poor are poorer than ever.
The scumbag is only in office by virtue of Ukrainian-style fraud! Everyone there hates him and cordially wishes him a bullet.
"Was Ortega the one that came in after the revolution? "
Ortega was the one who hijacked the 'revolution' even as we facilitated the departure of Somoza.
Same as when we ousted Battista to aid the Cuban people, Castro hijacked the revolution and turned it into a stalinist nightmare.
Another excellent example. I am sure there are others still to come.
"We need to rethink high speed rail along the eastern corridor and other options that will eventually lessen our dependence on oil."
What do you mean by "we"? Most of the time "we" means the government spending funds extorted from us for unviable enterprises that eat up ever more extorted money. Does the word "Amtrak" mean anything to you?
Do you have any links for this?
The reason I made my post is that I understand that Chavez has had more social programs than the opposition. In fact when the coup took place virtually all his social programs were immediately shut down. The schools, the medicals centres, the free food for children in the schools.
I would be interested in seeing some facts and statistics about Venezeula if you have any.