Apr. 29, 2005

Venezuela In US Gun-Sights ?

April 28, 2005
Dear Colleague,

In the Narcosphere today, frequent Narco News contributor Sean Donahue looks at recent statements from Washington and wonders, "Will Colombia be the proxy in a U.S attack on Venezuela?"

Donahue argues:

"Colombia appears to be the United States' one ally against Chavez -- and the U.S. is showing signs of a desire to use Colombia as a proxy to contain or topple Venezuela's government. Hector Mondragon noted in a commentary three years ago that the bill passed by the U.S. Congress authorizing the transfer of U.S. military aid to Colombia from the 'war on drugs' to the 'war on terror' also allowed the use of U.S. military aid to combat 'any other threat to Colombia's security.' At the time Mondragon suggested that this was an allusion to Venezuela.

"On Tuesday, just before Condoleezza Rice arrived in Colombia, the Colombian defense ministry leaked a report on Venezuela's growing military strength to the international press, according to Reuters' Hugh Bronstein. The memo claims that 'It is an undeniable fact that the rearming of Venezuela deepens the military imbalance in the Andean region,' -- words that seem designed to bolster a claim that Venezuela is a threat to Colombia."

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