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December 10, 2010

Huge Problem: Iran to place medium-range missiles inside Venezuela that can reach the U.S.

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries, Venezuela

Ahmadinejad-and-Chavez-2511091-300x179.jpgFor those who still believe Iran is only a threat to Israel and the Gulf countries ... not the U.S., and therefore wonder why you should be at all concerned about Iran's nuclear and missile threat, perhaps this will change your mind: In what is nothing less than a huge problem for the U.S., with possible catastrophic implications, comes news that Iran intends on placing medium-ranged missiles in Venezuela that can reach the U.S.:

[...] According to Die Welt, 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 claims 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 says that Iran also pledged to help Venezuela in rocket technology expertise, including intensive training of officers

Venezuela has also become the country through which Iran intends to bypass UN sanctions. Following a new round of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, for example, Russia decided not to sell five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defence systems to Iran. These weapons, along with a number of other weapons, were part of a deal, signed in 2007, worth $800 million. Now that these weapons cannot be delivered to Iran, Russia is looking for new customers; according to the Russian press agency Novosti[2], it found one: Venezuela.

Novosti reports the words of Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on international arms trade, saying that if the S-300 deal with Venezuela goes through, Caracas should pay cash for the missiles, rather than take another loan from Russia. "The S-300 is a very good product and Venezuela should pay the full amount in cash, as the country's budget has enough funds to cover the deal ," Korotchenko said. Moscow has already provided Caracas with several loans to buy Russian-made weaponry, including a recent $2.2-mln loan on the purchase of 92 T-72M1M tanks, the Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems and other military equipment.

If Iran, therefore, cannot get the S-300 missiles directly from Russia, it can still have them through its proxy, Venezuela, and deploy them against its staunchest enemy, the U.S..

Israel Matzav over at Israpundit brings up the obvious comparison to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis ... and points out that back in the 1962, thanks to the stern stance adopted by the then Kennedy administration, the crisis was defused. However things are much different now - today we're saddled with ... Barack Obama:
... we do not see the same firmness from the present administration. On the contrary, we see a lax attitude, both in language and in deeds, that results in extending hands when our adversaries have no intention of shaking hands with us. Iran is soon going to have a nuclear weapon, and there are no signs that UN sanctions will in any way deter the Ayatollah's regime from completing its nuclear program. We know that Iran already has missiles that can carry an atomic warhead over Israel and over the Arabian Peninsula. Now we learn that Iran is planning to build a missile base close to the US borders. How longer do we have to wait before the Obama administration begins to understand threats?
As Matzav goes on to point out, the issue and real danger isn't that the Obama administration doesn't understand. The issue and real danger is that they don't care.

Even worse than not caring is the fact that the incompetent, naive, asshat Obama has actually already given his blessing to a nuclear Venezuela.

So, are you feeling safe yet, America! No problem, sleep well ... after all, with Barack Obama as our commander-in-chief ... what could go wrong?


Fausta Wertz, Gateway Pundit, and Doug Ross (must-read) have more on this story.

Related:
WSJ Sept 09 - The Emerging Axis of Iran and Venezuela (The prospect of Iranian missiles in South America should not be dismissed)

Posted by Richard at December 10, 2010 1:42 PM



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