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Chávez’s purchase of $15 billion in weapons causes concern in Latin America
The Miami Herald ^ | Sunday, 03.20.11 | ANTONIO MARIA DELGADO

Posted on 03/20/2011 8:48:20 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Chávez’s purchase of $15 billion in weapons causes concern in Latin America

BY ANTONIO MARIA DELGADO

With the acquisition of hundreds of tanks, helicopters and bulletproof vehicles as well as submarines and missile networks, Venezuela is arming itself at a speed unprecedented in the history of the South American country. Experts consulted by El Nuevo Herald have said that Hugo Chávez’s has created unrest in the region with purchases to expand its military that total more than $15 billion.

The analysts warned that the purchases are made in an improvised fashion, following a “dubious” process with no bidding or prior studies, which could lead the country to acquire a Russian technology difficult to adopt and rejected by segments of the National Armed Forces.

The funds Chávez is using for the purchase of these new weapons, the largest in the nation’s history, are in good part coming from loans.

“There have been important acquisitions in the country but never of such magnitude,” said Carlos Julio Peñaloza, former chief of the Unified Command of Venezuela’s Armed Forces.

And it could end up being a lot more than $15 billion.

Some analysts said that the purchases made so far add up to about $30 billion, a figure Chávez himself has said he wishes to spend to modernize the country’s armed forces.

A report by the Association for Citizen Control for the Security and Defense of the Nation, a Venezuelan NGO that follows this issue closely, says the country has received or is about to receive a long list of equipment and military installations supplied mostly by Russia, China and Spain.

The list includes 92 mid-size T-72B1V tanks, about 240 bulletproof infantry vehicles (BMP-3 and 8x8 BTR-80), nine submarines, nearly 50 vessels of different sizes, dozens of Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighting

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; armsbuildup; latinamerica; venezuela

1 posted on 03/20/2011 8:48:27 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Do Tell!

I am shocked! Shocked that peaceful Ooogo is on a massive arms build up in our backyard.


2 posted on 03/20/2011 8:50:33 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

3 posted on 03/20/2011 8:52:15 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The submarines are to break the naval blockade when they bring in the ballistic missile parts.

This guy has been plotting for years and years.


4 posted on 03/20/2011 8:53:20 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

5 posted on 03/20/2011 8:53:20 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

6 posted on 03/20/2011 8:54:01 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks sukhoi-30mki. But let’s attack Libya and leave the Mexican border wide open.


7 posted on 03/20/2011 8:55:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Cool high sign they got going there.

****ers!


8 posted on 03/20/2011 8:55:44 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Hey! is that Moochelles dress?


9 posted on 03/20/2011 8:57:20 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The funds Chávez is using for the purchase of these new weapons, the largest in the nation’s history, are in good part coming from loans.

In other words, Hugo is being used as a pawn due to his willingness to jump on the grenade.

10 posted on 03/20/2011 8:59:39 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The part left out was that he has bought very large numbers of a very good new east-block MANPADS that is hard to spoof.


11 posted on 03/20/2011 9:02:32 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Did we ever get the story on this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyMrCTt6gYE&feature=related

Somebody is watching over this arms build up


12 posted on 03/20/2011 9:02:51 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: All

Isn’t Obama scheduled to Kiss Hugo this week?

No?

Secret rendezvous?


13 posted on 03/20/2011 9:04:56 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: mylife

Gonna have one helluva May Day Parade this year, in Caracas.

Thanks Obie. Another red solidifying his dictatorship due to your incompetence and complicity.


14 posted on 03/20/2011 9:09:01 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Oh, he is down there working back channels “in person”


15 posted on 03/20/2011 9:12:55 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Read everything you can find this week regarding the trip.

I am no analyst, but this guy is up to no good.

What where the brazilian protests about?

No one knows. cbn reporter was shot

http://www.forbes.com/profile/barack-obama


16 posted on 03/20/2011 9:20:46 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Hugo is arming the citizens.. When do the riots start..
Like in Egypt.. Libya... Syria.. Now that they are ARMED....
17 posted on 03/20/2011 9:30:37 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Hugo will become the South American Saddam Hussein.


18 posted on 03/20/2011 9:48:23 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (The most dangerous place on the face of the earth is between a liberal and their money.)
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To: headstamp 2

What Venezuela needs is a “Pinochet.”


19 posted on 03/20/2011 9:49:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The guy just cut the value of his currency in half, and the standard of living is plummeting.

But he got toys that go zoom and boom.


20 posted on 03/20/2011 9:52:25 PM PDT by lurk
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Chávez’s purchase of $15 billion in weapons causes concern in Latin America

I don't understand why the rest of Latin America is concerned. As long as they can last several weeks of incessant bombing, we have a president that will go to the UN, bypass congress, say that he is implementing a no-fly zone, and then go bomb the heck out of Venezuela.

21 posted on 03/20/2011 9:58:18 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Does anyone with any knowledge about South America doubt the reason for these purchases? Chavez wants Colombia. Will Obama lift a finger to prevent Chavez taking over Colombia?


22 posted on 03/20/2011 10:39:40 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Rembrandt
Will Obama lift a finger to prevent Chavez taking over Colombia?

Colombia would beat Venezuela like a red-headed stepchild; they actually have a professional military.

A lot of these high-tech goodies Chavez has bought are not operable due to poor maintenance, etc.

23 posted on 03/20/2011 11:18:51 PM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: Rembrandt

Considering that Hugo supports Quadaffi in Libya his weapons purchases may be for dealing with any trouble at home.

He could use the planes, tanks etc. to stay in power as his own people rise up against him.

And with events transpiring in the Middle East right now, the various dictators of the world are having some sleepless nights.


24 posted on 03/20/2011 11:24:08 PM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
... about 240 bulletproof infantry vehicles (BMP-3 and 8x8 BTR-80)

I gotta get me some of those bulletproof infantry vehicles.

25 posted on 03/21/2011 12:06:46 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It could be $15 Billion of weapons that have no coordination, no command and control, no strategy and bare tactics.

They are junk.


26 posted on 03/21/2011 12:15:27 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Rembrandt

The Colombian military is aarguably the best in the region given decades of non-stop experience and have evolved a very mobile and flexible army. Venezuela’s tanks and IFVs are hardly of use in the terrain over there. Their purchase of new SU-30 and J-10 fighters is something to worry about. Though that has more to do with posturing against the US and Brits as well as smaller regional disputes.


27 posted on 03/21/2011 12:55:05 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: SunkenCiv

Can he be arming himself against his own citizens? He has seen the trouble caused to other dictators by pesky peasants who want to be free.


28 posted on 03/21/2011 3:51:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: mylife

It sure looks like one.


29 posted on 03/21/2011 3:52:45 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Strategerist

“Colombia would beat Venezuela like a red-headed stepchild; they actually have a professional military.

A lot of these high-tech goodies Chavez has bought are not operable due to poor maintenance, etc.”

Have you considered that Colombia is more or less surrounded by Hugo’s butt buddies - Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua? Hugo wants not just South America, he wants the Latin countries up to and including Mexico. Up the isthmus, then up the Obama of the U.S. I’m sure he also wants the Panama Canal so he can strangle trade.


30 posted on 03/21/2011 8:13:10 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Nextrush

“Considering that Hugo supports Quadaffi in Libya his weapons purchases may be for dealing with any trouble at home.”

Right and I buy Bud Light cause it helps my plants grow.


31 posted on 03/21/2011 8:14:28 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“The Colombian military is aarguably the best in the region given decades of non-stop experience and have evolved a very mobile and flexible army. Venezuela’s tanks and IFVs are hardly of use in the terrain over there. Their purchase of new SU-30 and J-10 fighters is something to worry about. Though that has more to do with posturing against the US and Brits as well as smaller regional disputes.”

FARC (Hugo’s guys) live in Colombia and already create havoc. Colombia is surrounded by Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and a bit further on, Nicaragua - all share the same goals of conquest. Do you call that a walk in the park for Colombia? Oh, I forgot, Obama will protect them, shi-ite.


32 posted on 03/21/2011 8:18:03 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Rembrandt

The militaries of countries like Ecuador and Bolivia are a joke. Brazil has little reason to go against Colombia-it has pretty good relations as it is with them. It won’t be a cakewalk against Colombia, but Chavez knows the risks of attacking. Which is why all he has done is rant.


33 posted on 03/21/2011 9:06:03 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ever heard of Gran Colombia? That’s Hugo’s middle goal; after that Latin America.


34 posted on 03/21/2011 10:01:25 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Rembrandt

Not too different from the PLO’s goal of an Arab state from the Jordan to the Med.


35 posted on 03/21/2011 10:03:05 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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