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Monday, June 18, 2012

Chavez (once again) Warns U.S. May Invade Venezuela to Seize Oil

By Jerry Brewer

Freedom loving Venezuelans are determined to take back their country in the October 7, 2012 elections to choose a president for the six-year term beginning in February 2013. Yet the true and relevant question is whether or not this dream is possible under this leftist dictatorial-like Presidency of Hugo Chavez?

The health and life expectancy of Chavez appears to be against the odds of another term in office, although his true prognosis remains deliberately concealed and referred to as a "state secret." However many sources have opined that due to "an aggressive cancer" he may in fact have less than a few months to live

Chavez, the charlatan claiming U.S. CIA conspiracies, remains in the political election arena as he continues to arm himself against "U.S. imperialism."  He persistently warns of U.S. invasion to take Venezuela's oil reserves, instead of facing the Venezuelan electorate to explain where the billions of dollars of Venezuela's vast oil revenues have gone during his regime. He does not appear to want nor tolerate any debate contrary to his personally perceived sense of self grandeur.

Chavez has even questioned as to whether the U.S. has developed a secret technology to give cancer to left-wing leaders in Latin America.  "Would it be strange if they had developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it," Chavez asked in a televised speech to soldiers at a Venezuelan military base. He cited the reported cancers of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, and her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, or "Lula."                              

Much of Hugo Chavez's verbal and venomous regurgitations are borrowed from his mentor and idyllic persona, Cuba's Fidel Castro. The borrowed page of doctrine, from Castro's fifty-plus years of oppressive rule against the Cuban people, demonstrates a verbatim diatribe of U.S. paranoia that is used by the two leftist leaders to justify defense and espionage spending. These actions at great peril to the sustenance of the Venezuelan and Cuban people that are in dire need of relief. Both Castro and Chavez believe they clearly see the CIA in their soup.

World intelligence agencies appear however to be more than justified in collection efforts against both regimes. Although there are those that continue to sugar coat and attempt to minimize a perceived dormant and beaten Cuban regime, the Cuban espionage apparatus remains strong, proactive, well-funded, and also entrenched in Venezuela and Mexico.  Some defected former Cuban DGI intelligence officials reveal that most of Castro's DGI operational acts are conducted for the "personal benefit and gain of the Castro brothers."

Without missing a beat, Chavez was quick to announce last week that Venezuela is beginning to assemble Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles and "producing surveillance drones." Since 2005, Chavez has spent billions of dollars for Russian arms and military aircraft, including 24 Sukhoi fighter jets and dozens of attack helicopters.

The 13 years with Hugo Chavez in power in Venezuela vastly lack a record of transparency, disrespecting Venezuelans and the free world's right to be informed of a world leader's governance and ability to continue to lead a global nation.  So how can people now trust an opaque Chavez, especially considering his past tirades and actions -- and there must be trust as Venezuelans go to the polls to decide their nation's future. 

And a perceived credible challenger to Hugo Chavez [57] has emerged -- Henrique Capriles Radonski, who will be 40 years old on July 11.  Capriles has just completed his term as Governor of Miranda State, and before that he served as mayor of the Baruta Municipality of Caracas.  According to the polls, there have been "up-and-down leads" for both candidates. And these would seem to be certain signs of discord, especially given the lengthy controversial reign by Chavez and a truly unknown assessment of his life expectancy.

The youthful and vibrant Capriles is known for his grass roots and energetic door-to-door campaigning. This in contrast to 10-hour speeches by Chavez, along with the usual calls for his continued socialist revolution and a veil of secrecy that even includes the state-run utility companies -- that can't seem to keep the electricity or water on. As well, "staples such as milk, vegetable oil and toilet paper are in short supply," while inflation is nearing 28 percent.

And once again, Chavez is blaming "greedy capitalists" as he "threatens to nationalize any industry that can't keep up with production," according to the Chicago Tribune (June 11, 2012).

Also looming is a familiar Chavez electoral tactic from the past, the last minute devoting of billions in Bolivares to domestic programs, "including subsidized housing, aid to needy families and the elderly, and a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage," to buy votes.

The Chavez regime consistently refuses to explain how such an oil-rich country has fallen financially and failed the people. Perhaps his warning, that the U.S. will invade to take their oil, might prompt voters to ask for a better accounting from their professed leader.

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Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global threat mitigation firm headquartered in northern Virginia.  His website is located at http://www.cjiausa.org/.


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