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NeoConsSuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:32 AM
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U.S. fears Venezuela could trigger regional arms race
Source: CNN.COM

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States fears recent weapons purchases by Venezuela could fuel an arms race in South America, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

"They outpace all other countries in South America and certainly raise the question as to whether there is going to be an arms race in the region," Clinton said about Venezuela's arms deals, after a meeting with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez.

The Russian government Monday extended $2.2 billion in credit to Venezuela to finance arms purchases, including 92 Soviet-era T-72 tanks and short-range missiles with a reach of 55 miles (90 km).

<snip>

Chavez has said his military buildup is in response to the growing U.S. presence in the region, which he calls threatening and dangerous to Latin America.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/09/16/us.venezue...



Some morning fodder for the anti-Chavez bridgade.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:16 AM
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1. Oh, Please! Can the Hysteria, Hillary
I never thought much of her appointment, and nothing to date has changed my mind.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:26 AM
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6. Just look at what she did to Pakistan
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/u_s_condemned_for...

close enough to see her cold, dead eyes.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:36 AM
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2. Should be easy to watch the freeper sleeper cells emerge in this thread.
Since they spew the other party's vehement line when it comes to our oil supplying ally.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:59 AM
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3. Clinton should either put her brain in gear
or join DU.....lol.

Response to my post on same subject yesterday : http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Now - look at Colombia.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:37 AM
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4. Hmmmmmmmmmm?
Let's see...America spends more money on "defense"
(from who?) than ALL other nations COMBINED. We have been
supplying weapons and NUCLEAR arms to India and Pakistan.
These are sworn enemies who share a common border. Obviously,
Pakistan (and India, to a lesser degree) does not have a
stable, democratic government. America has also, recently,
been supplying Colombia with major armaments and money, to
help facilitate their "war on drugs/terrorism".
America has financed and guided two (at least) coup attempts
against President Chavez and the Venezuelan people. Colombia
shares a common border with Venezuela and was reportedly the
"staging area" for both coup attempts. Yes, Chavez
should be buying weapons off of Russia (America is
belligerent against Venezuela) to deter the Colombians from
"trying anything" with their American supplied
weapons. So. actually it is America who has been
"fueling an arms race" in that area of the world.
Too bad we can't have sane foreign policy. Instead, we keep
up the "bush doctrine" which is more of the same
and basically just a continuation of Reagan's empire building
 (like it actually worked) policies.
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Aragorn Donating Member (784 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:54 AM
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5. I was gonna say that!
thanks
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:22 AM
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8. Well, thank you.
Honest minds think alike...
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:16 AM
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9. The U.S. fuels the arms race all over the world

By far the U.S. is the largest arms dealer in the world.

And we contribute to human rights violations worldwide:

More than half of the top 25 U.S. arms purchasers in the developing world were "undemocratic governments or regimes that engaged in major human rights abuses," in 2006 and 2007, the foundation said in a report last week.

http://www.reuters.com/article/AerospaceandDefense08/id...
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:04 AM
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12. And this complaint by the U.S. sounds very much like Russia's complaint about
the U.S placing missle defense systems on their border. So I'm sure Russia is more than happy
to supply Venezuela with similar 'defense'.

It's all a grand game. Everybody is playing and no one is innocent. I hate hyprocrisy, propaganda and political rhetoric.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:04 AM
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13. dupe post...n/t
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 11:06 AM by Dover
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:16 AM
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7. BULLSHIT.
outdated tanks. whoop dee fucking doo.

fucking damn it. i'm tired of all this war drum bullshit.

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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:18 AM
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10. Why do they always say "fears" when they mean "hopes"? nt
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:29 AM
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11. Hillary's biggest lie, to date.
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:46 PM
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14. Here's the chart showing Brazil's arms purchases--about EIGHT TIMES that of Venezuela.
See Comment #73, provided by ronnie624

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8255930.stm

Brazil: $24.6 billion
Venezuela: $3.7 billion

-----------------------------------

Do you think Clinton is just being a kneejerk disinformationist, or is she in on the war plan that Rumsfeld left on the desk?

I'm not sure, actually--and believe me, I've thought about it, and I'm aware of the many strikes against her on both war policy and Latin America. I'm still toying with the notion that the Bushwhacks booby-trapped US policy in L/A, and that Obama/Clinton are only just getting a handle on things. Too hopeful? Too charitable? Could be.
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:49 PM
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15. But it *will* help stimulate hemispheric economic growth.
:evilgrin:
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:50 PM
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16. will 2010 see the unveiling of the "Madagascarene Menace"?
with their lemurs and vanilla and S-O-S-H-U-L-I-S-T ex-government
this BS fearmongering is becoming tedious and boring, except in that it's the sort of stuff that leads to coups and wars
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:53 PM
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17. -South America . fears U.S. 7 military bases could trigger regional arms race-
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:13 PM
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18. lol... incredible hypocrisy
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Alamuti Lotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:52 AM
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19. --she said, after conveniently forgetting the billions of military spending to Colombia for the last
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 02:52 AM by Alamuti Lotus
several decades........... if I remember correctly, Colombia is 3rd behind Israel & Egypt in that department.
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