Sunday, May 08, 2005

Plan B 

Here was an interesting lead to an open thread on Daily Kos that I some how missed before:

"Plan B - Take Back Venezuela
by LondonYank
Sat Feb 19th, 2005 at 03:46:58 PDT

Okay, so Iraq didn't work out as planned.  Now for Plan B - Venezuela.  Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world.  Chavez is playing footsie with the Russians, Chinese and Iranians, and hardball with US oil companies.  

Companies in Houston that used to pay 1 percent of oil revenues to Venezuela now have to pay almost 17 percent.  That money is then wasted on healthcare, education and housing for poor people - and weapons to defend Venezuela from American attack.

The Bushco drums of war are heating up in the US media machine.  The pseudo-think tank article quoted below is the first I have noticed to explicitly call Chavez a threat to US national security.  Expect more as the WaPo, NYT and other organs of Bushco take up the echo.  

We can know exactly how the revolution/invasion/coup will play out by reading the helpful article published by Pentagon analysts on a US military website on 12 April, 2002, the date of the last failed Bushco coup in Venezuela.  The piece says that with Chavez in handcuffs the oil industry will be getting back to normal under US production."

This provoked and interesting discussion that can be read here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/19/64658/3980

And of course, while this comment may have been meant tongue in cheek we now know how serious this idea is being taken by the same people who brought us the Iraq war. Stay tuned.


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