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Friday, December 10, 2010

Venezuelan Missile Crisis - How Will Obama React?

 When the Soviets put missiles into Cuba, President Kennedy forced them to back off.

Now the Iranians are putting missiles into Venezuela....

From the Hudson New York
Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources, according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt, of November 25, 2010. According to the article, an agreement between the two countries was signed during the last visit o Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Tehran on October19, 2010. The previously undisclosed contract provides for the establishment of a jointly operated military base in Venezuela, and the joint development of ground-to-ground missiles.

At a moment when NATO members found an agreement, in the recent Lisbon summit (19-20 November 2010), to develop a Missile Defence capability to protect NATO's populations and territories in Europe against ballistic missile attacks from the East (namely, Iran), Iran's counter-move consists in establishing a strategic base in the South American continent - in the United States's soft underbelly.

According to Die Welt, Venezuela has agreed to allow Iran to establish a military base manned by Iranian missile officers, soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Venezuelan missile officers. In addition, Iran has given permission for the missiles to be used in case of an "emergency". In return, the agreement states that Venezuela can use these facilities for "national needs" – radically increasing the threat to neighbors like Colombia. The German daily claims that according to the agreement, Iranian Shahab 3 (range 1300-1500 km), Scud-B (285-330 km) and Scud-C (300, 500 and 700 km) will be deployed in the proposed base. It says that Iran also pledged to help Venezuela in rocket technology expertise, including intensive training of officers
What will President Obama do about new this threat to U.S. security?
  1. Stare down the Iranians?
  2. Stop buying Venezuelan oil and open up all known U.S. reserves to exploitation?
  3. Pressure the Senate to pass the New START  Disarmament Treaty with Iran and Venezuela's Russian allies?
  4. Play basketball?
  5. Play golf?
What do you think?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll play golf. Basket ball is too rough.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll probably go on vacation again because the stress of choosing between golf and basketball has done him in.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Marv said...

Beer summit with Hugo

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it time for the Obamaos to take another vacation. He should go to Venezuela, discuss the book Chavez gave him and then help Chavez and Achmed pick out the missile silo locations so they will have maximum impact upon Americans when the time comes.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous larryG said...

All these answers are correct,or as liberals put it,there are no wrong answers. I doubt a book report on the hate america book given by Chavez will happen,the source and the title were enough for Obama to know he liked it. I think Hugo and Barack use the same ghost writer.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Russ said...

He won't respond with anything except words. Once President Romney is inaugurated in 2013 then something may be done.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous tcrwdb said...

Agreed with all of the above. There's going to be a lot of cleaning up to do in early 2013. I will expect nothing less than military strikes against Venezuela, North Korea and Iran at that time, or else we're all screwed.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama
will put Patriot missiles in Gitmo, then close the base and ask Cuba to use the Patriots to defend us.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will hide behind Michelle's skirt

3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This report is the first in open sources and has not been confirmed. The status of the agreement also is not clear. For example, it is unknown whether the article describes a proposal, an agreement in principle, or a contract. If a contract or other agreement, its status is not clear.

The legal complications of building foreign missile base are layered and complex. Even in Venezuela Chavez lacks the authority to complete an agreement on his own. The complexity of the arrangements suggests this might be wishful thinking, a preliminary agreement of some kind or just plain propaganda to stoke US concerns.

What is known is that Chavez has sought to develop a ballistic missile capability for years, but with little apparent success. Iranian Revolutionary Guards also have been reported in Venezuela as well as Nicaragua, but not in significant numbers.

Venezuela has engaged in a multi-billion dollar arms spending spree in Russia to build its military capabilities to deter a US attack, according to Chavez. However, no sources have reported Russian sales of ballistic missiles.

North Korea has tried to market ballistic missiles in South America with no success to date. It genuinely wants a foothold in America and has good relations with Cuba, but no foothold there. Thus, Iran could be fronting for North Korea. Iran most likely possesses all three of the missiles mentioned, but acquired them, the technology and any production facilities from North Korea.

If this report is accurate, it would be the first agreement to base foreign ballistic missiles in a Latin American country since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. If Shahab-3s eventually show up in Venezuela, then so will North Koreans because that missile is an Iranian modification of the North Korean NoDong ballistic missile. The Iranians are not good at maintaining them and over the years regularly have required North Korean technical assistance. If Iranian missiles ever show up in Venezuela, North Korea will be in on the deal and gotten a significant share of any profits. That would make this the first North Korean foothold in South America.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll vote "present" again and go off to play golf somewhere.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will golf with Chavez and start smoking Cuban Cigars.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This can't be true. Venezuala must use our refineries to process all their oil. We could shut that down for 2 weeks and the entire economy of Venezuala would collapse. Its too easy. Something doesn't make sense

If Obama doesn't keep us safe from this menace, then its our right as human beings to protect ourselves. We'll have to impeach Obama and have someone smart enough and mature enough to take over for him.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous larryG said...

Anonymous @ 11:23
If he has in the past or will in the future,"start smoking Cuban Cigars",won't that interfer with the much debated,"don't ask,don't tell?
P.S. He's no good at any sport we've seen him try so far why doesn't he try tennis?

1:07 PM  

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