US establishes strong military presence in the Carribean as Venezuelan refusal to obey the US grows

We’re flexing our military muscle in the Carribean as noted here:

The US Navy said Thursday it has re-established the US Fourth Fleet to direct an increasing American naval presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The move comes as popularly elected leftist regimes, including that of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, pose a growing challenge to US influence in Latin America.

Beginning July 1, the fleet will have operational responsibility over navy ships assigned to the region from the US Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, the navy said.

Admiral Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, said the decision to establish a separate fleet for the region “recognizes the immense importance of maritime security in the southern part of the Western Hemisphere.”

“This change increases our emphasis in the region on employing naval forces to build confidence and trust among nations through collective maritime security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests,” he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080424/pl_afp/usmilitarynavylatam_080424190103

Uh oh.  This doesn’t sound good.  Of note, this comes right after this report was issued, tying Venezuela to big “terror supporters.”

The US State Department on Wednesday released its annual report on terrorism threats in countries around the world, which mainly highlighted Venezuela’s associations with Iran and Cuba, Iran’s interference in Iraq and the resurgence of al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

The report pointed out Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s non-cooperation with US anti-terror efforts and accused him associating with other terror states like Iran and Cuba, saying Chavez has “deepened Venezuelan relationships with state sponsors of terrorism Iran and Cuba.”

http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20080430\ACQRTT200804301457RTTRADERUSEQUITY_1581.htm&selected=9999&selecteddisplaysymbol=9999&StoryTargetFrame=_top&mkt=WORLD&chk=unchecked&lang=&link=&headlinereturnpage=http://www.international.nasd

Isn’t that special.  Of course our security cooperation with Latin American nations has historically referred to taking down any leftist organizations that rebel against the pillaging of their nation’s resources by US corporations.  Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia and now Nicaragua have shown inclinations not to be US colonies anymore and thus are apparently cruising for a bruising.

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2 Responses to “US establishes strong military presence in the Carribean as Venezuelan refusal to obey the US grows”


  1. 1 J. A. Carizo May 1, 2008 at 5:17 am

    While Venezuela is being associated with terrorists, what can we call the US then? A government flexing its muscles in territories outside its own is simply doing threats. Threat, by the way, is the brother of terrorism.

    Ugh!

    Can’t accusers first come up with evidences and not mere speculations? Look at Iraq now. Aren’t we guilty of accusing them for having WMDs but in the end showing no WMDs to support our cause?

  2. 2 theradicalmormon May 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    J.A.,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. The US is one of the biggest sponsors of terrorism in the world. We used the Contras to terrorize Nicaragua, we use the MEK to terrorize Iran, we use Israel to terrorize Gaza. We are harboring one of the biggest terrorists in the western hemisphere in Miami right now, Jose Posada Carriles, and are refusing extradition to Venezuela. What did Bush say? If you harbor the terrorists, you are the same as the terrorists? By Bush standards, Venezuela would be within their rights to bomb the smithereens out of Miami right now. Clearly, the US is the biggest spreader of terror in the world as I could cite dozens of other examples of how we’ve supported the worst dictators in the world and have been accomplices in the murders of their people etc.


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