Latin America: Iran’s New Front Against the U.S.

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In 2007, a similar announcement was made by Ahmadinejad about the opening of Iran Air’s new Tehran to Caracas link, except that those flights do not accept open bookings, as transport for entrepreneurs or sightseers surely would.  No, these planes are most likely carrying bad actors from the likes of Hezbollah, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Guard’s Quds Force.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who hates the U.S. as much as does Ahmadinejad, is the ideal Iranian ally. Chavez, who has visited Iran seven times, has made deals with the Islamic Republic worth an estimated $20 Billion according to Michael Rowan and Douglas Schoen in their Forbes article of 1/21/09, titled Terror at Hugo Chavez’s Hand.  Israeli intelligence sources speculate that the weekly flights between Caracas and Tehran are used to transfer uranium from Venezuela to Iran, which is then purified by the Iranians.

Also considered is the possibility that the Tehran-Caracas flights are being used to transport weapons and Pasdaran – Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) officers – to Venezuela in order to strengthen Chavez’s grip on Venezuela and transform it into a potential threat to the U.S. by installing long range missiles in Venezuela that can reach the U.S.  Such a scenario is reminiscent what resulted in the Cuban Missile crisis of1962, when the Soviet Union supplied Cuba with missiles.  The difference is of course that in 1962 President John F. Kennedy challenged the Soviets and the missiles were removed. The Obama administration is yet to challenge Ahmadinejad or Chavez.

According to an article in the German daily, Die Welt, of November 25, 2010, an agreement between Iran and Venezuela was signed during the last visit of President 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.  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 claimed 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 further stated that Iran also pledged to help Venezuela gain expertise in advanced rocket technology and that intensive training of their officers would be provided.

A few days after the report appeared in Die Welt, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon held a press conference in his Jerusalem office, and invited Latin American reporters.  He stated that, Venezuela has become Iran’s forward base in Latin America. Both countries have joined in a pact of mutual interests to form an axis that threatens not only the Middle East but America as well and the U.S. in particular.”

At the recently held CNN Florida Republican Presidential debate in Jacksonville, FL, Senator Santorum did not mince words about Obama’s Latin America policy when he said, “The policy under President Obama has been abysmal. We had a terrible policy on Honduras. Obama sided with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. He was siding with leftists and Marxists, not standing up for our friends in Columbia.”  Santorum’s warnings are dire and given the evidence he is correct in asserting that “It is long past time for us to respond.”

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  • StephenD

    I can't be the only one that sees the simplicity of solutions here. Chavez, Castro, Imadinnerjacket, et al. should be fed a bullet. Forget about the outcry and charges of uncivilized behavior. I'd rather be in the position of defending our actions than cleaning up in the aftermath of one of their actions against us…which are inevitable should they be allowed to continue breathing.

  • MethanP

    And the emperor fiddles.

  • LindaRivera

    The hour is late. America's enemies are multiple. We are in desperate, urgent need of a PATRIOTIC president.

    America has never been in such great danger as she is now. From everything that is taking place, I believe that America will be attacked one day by multiple nations-Islamic and communist, along with Muslim terrorist organizations. It is tragic and shocking that Homeland Security has defined the people to watch out for are NOT Muslim terrorists, but patriotic Americans – Tea Party attendees, pro-lifers and veterans returning from the wars.

    The U.S. government ALLOWS many Muslim terrorist training camps to operate in our country. Muslim Brotherhood groups such as CAIR, are welcomed by our government into the halls of power.

    God help America!

  • Anamah

    Has not been declared Iran as a terrorist State? These are two countries allied, interacting and plotting against USA. They are exchanging warlike elements while expressing clearly concrete threats against America and America allies. What are we waiting to cut the snake head?

  • Brujo Blanco

    There are too many Americans who believe we are invincible. We are now facing an internal security problem. We may end up fighting Islamists, cartels, and others inside our country.

  • Luke Weyland

    Chavez and Ahmadinejad have a couple of things in common – Hydrocarbons( which should make them competitors – not allies) and being threatened by the Pentagon . It is the latter that brings them together.
    If the US stop attempting to overthrow governments it doesn't approve of and instead respected the right of every land to administer its own laws, and appoint its own administration, the US would find that it only have friends. (Iran and Venezuela included)

    • kongMing

      Unfortunately your naive wishes encourage those who believe only fools and cowards follow laws and morals.

      The Ayatollah came to power by burning people alive in a movie theater and blaming it on his opposition. Chavez turned traitor within the Venezuelan army, made his money by smuggling cocaine at the worst heights of the crack epidemic, assassinated journalists, and turned Caracas into one of the most violent cities ever as he outsourced political murder to drug gangs.

      It's insulting to existing governments to call the Ayatollah, Chavez, Castro, and Ortega cartel a government. At best they are a front for the international drug, gun, human slave and terrorist black market who are truly evil in all sense of the word.

      But I doubt they are even that. Every indication has shown they are cowards, no different then your local pack of junkies with the resources to buy surplus weapons from Putin.

  • Steven

    This should come as no suprise, really…..
    Iran has been running several training facilities in South and Central America for over 20 years… add that to the fact that the US/Mexico border is wide open and I can assure you that there are literally THOUSANDS of Iranians here in the US just waiting for the phone to ring….
    As far as the US Government response to all of this…. I'm afraid it's too little, too late.
    The whining LibTards are all upset about actually CLOSING the border (It's unfair, don't you know)… but I don't think they have given a whole lot of thought to who/what has actually crossed into the US…. and by the time that they actually DO figure it out…. too late… it will basically be 'Game Over' at that point.
    Sad, really…. we had the chance and blew it..!!!!!

  • luke weyland

    Interesting how being a liberal is deemed a threat to many. Liberalism means liberty. Isnt there a statue of liberty, a liberty bell etc. It seems that many believe in their god given right to ridicule, execute, imprison and bomb those one does not agree with.