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Venezuela convinced of US invasion

The Age
September 4, 2005 - 5:49AM

Venezuela has uncovered plans for a US-led invasion and is preparing to defend the country against invading forces if necessary, President Hugo Chavez said in a report carried by the state-run news agency.

The Bolivarian News Agency reported that Chavez made the comments during an interview with CNN. It was unclear when the interview was to be aired.

"If it occurs to the United States to invade our country - Fidel Castro said it and I agree - a war will start here to last 100 years," Chavez was quoted as saying. "Not only this country would be burned up, but a good part of this continent; they shouldn't make any mistake about it, we are preparing to repel an invasion."

Chavez has made similar claims in the past, and US officials have repeatedly denied them as ridiculous. Venezuela is the world's fifth largest oil exporter and a major supplier of fuel to the US.

"We discovered through intelligence work a military exercise that NATO has of an invasion against Venezuela, and we are preparing ourselves for that invasion," Chavez was quoted as saying.

AdvertisementHe said the military exercise is known as Plan Balboa and includes rehearsing simultaneous assaults by air, sea and land at a military base in Spain, involving troops from the US and NATO countries. US officials in the past have said such training is meant to prepare troops for general scenarios but not for a specify military action.

The state news agency, commonly known as ABN for its initials in Spanish, said according to Chavez the invasion plan focuses on western Venezuela and also includes a wave of bombings over Caracas and the cities of Maracay and Valencia.

"It's known they have everything planned out to capture the oilfields of the west and the east, the south," Chavez was quoted as saying.

Chavez repeated his threat that if the government of US President George W Bush were to attempt an attack, his government would immediately cut off oil shipments to the US. For this reason, it's important there is an effort to improve relations, Chavez said, according to ABN.

"It isn't us who should take the first step; the aggressor is the one that should show it is capable of sending some signal," Chavez was quoted as saying.

"The signal we have sent is enough: express our willingness to recover diplomatic, political relations, at least to the normal level that existed not long ago with the government of president Bill Clinton."

Tensions have grown in recent months between Chavez, who has emerged as a leading voice of the Latin American left, and a US government that has expressed concern about his close ties to Castro and what Chavez's opponents call an authoritarian streak.

The former army paratroop commander accuses the US government of backing a shortlived coup against him in 2002, another claim that US officials have repeatedly denied. Chavez, who was first elected in 1998, is up for reelection next year, and polls suggest he is strongly favoured to win.



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Iran is probably next up on the imperial punishment list, but that spanking is more likely to involve planes and bombs (including some nukes for the deep bunkers) than any significant ground invasion. Right now, the forces are stretched so thin that even such a trivial challenge as returning to Grenada seems an unlikely proposition.

Just hang in there Hugo. We'll get to you in due course some fine day when Pat Robertson's not too busy extorting funds from his disciples.

The "imperial punishment list" as you put it, will be a more senseless punishment for our beleaguered troops. The neocons are not starting these wars to win my friend, they can't, they're just psychopaths. The fact that we are dumb enough to fight wars they start based upon lies, pretty much makes us among the dumbest people on earth right about now! Unfortunately most Americans have little idea of the relentless ass-kicking we're taking in Iraq!

Id vote for Hugo Chavez in a heartbeat if I could.Why does bUSH hate him so much.Ohhh thats right he feeds the poor,he provides the poor with land,Doctors and free health care.He is taking the elites land to share with the people.Just is'nt "W"s style.You are supposed to rob the poor and give to the rich."W" is a traitor to this country!

WAG THE DOG????????????

This almost doesn't sound real. Seems more like a rumor that the White House is trying to get started in order to take their eye of Bush and the efforts to get him either to resign, lol, yeah i wish, or Be Impeached, and thrown into Federal Prison.

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