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The Missiles of Venezuela

missile.jpgOriginally reported last November by Germany’s Die Welt, but just recently resurrected by The Drudge Report from the Jerusalem Post, Iran–the Islamic regime that has been waging war on the United States since 1979–is building intermediate range missile launch pads in Venezuela.

Yes, the same Iran that prior to 2005 traded nothing with Hugo Chavez but which has since increased its trade with the socialist nut job to the tune of 40 billion.  There is good reason to speculate that this has or will include nuclear technology.  His goal being to expand control in the region by intimidating neighbors, I’m sorry–by offering mob style "protection" from the evil Americans.

So we’d have an America hating socialist nut job with intermediate range Iranian missiles and a working relationship with a country (Iran) that the current administration has suggested is going to get nuclear weapons anyway?  Venezuela is already suspected of having Hezbollah training camps in its jungles.  The Iranian Military is hanging with the Chavez.  This presents no risk?  Or maybe the economy isn’t the only thing Obama plans to screw up while in office?

Note to the White House.  Israel will not be bombing our problems away in Venezuela.  And I’m certain they have no expectation that we’ll back them up with anything other than wordy statements when they do what has to be done to survive. So don;t count on them to help you out here.

So the next question; can :Obama the bold, courageous, and decisive" actually be any of those things when it comes to the Missiles of Venezuela?  Can the guy who accepts books from the same dictator who is prepared to represent a significant risk to American interests in the hemisphere–including interests in America, step up and take them out before they are operational?  Or does the major troublemaker and regional king maker in Venezuela have a right to intermediate range weapons capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and the ongoing training and assistance of Iran’s Qods force?

From the Jerusalem Post

Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”

The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations.

The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project and, the total cost is expected to amount to “dozens of millions” of dollars, Die Welt wrote.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is on the coast of Venezuela and is roughly 120 kilometers from America’s main South American partner, Columbia.

According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.

If you think you are about to have some sleepless nights, ask yourself how our "allies" (like Columbia) feel knowing who sits in the White House?  They can’t be too happy about this development, nor should they be.  This is not exactly a "lead from behind" scenario, but that’s the kind of B-Team government we’ve got.  A nation sworn to destroy the world to bring the return of the 12th Imam can be trusted with nukes about as much as democrats can be trusted with the economy and national security.  So Venezuela has nothing to fear from Obama; heck, maybe they can even get a few billion to help things along.

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