Comments on: Is Chavez helping Iran build the bomb? http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: xavi http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398969 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:04:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398969 To Jaime
No doube both of them got plenty of reserves but if they dont built something to keep their defence proper then went expecially us/uk will come running with excuses like (wmd) to steal that oil.
see iraq
makes sense

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By: Brian http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398939 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:21:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398939 Oh and for those of you who didn’t get to the irrelevant little details at the very end of the article, on page 2.. The US themselves (Venezuela’s old arms supplier) would no longer sell parts necessary to maintain their existing military equipment. Hardly relevant though right?

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By: Brian http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398935 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:11:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398935 Some pretty extreme theories there Mark L, on what evidence are you (or the US DA) extrapolating these hypatheticals from?

Today ‘Target Chavez’ continues with press relays comparing Venezuela to Myanmar as states that are not doing enough to fight drug trafficking, conveniently failing to mention the worlds worst offenders – Columbia and Afghanistan or the worlds largest narcotics market, the US.
Concern is also being propagated that Venezuela could spark an arms race in the region even though its military spending is still much less than its neighbors who might care, Colombia, Chile and Brazil..

It’s a worry when investigative reporting has degraded to such a low level that these easy to find comparisons that put the whole situation in perspective are missing.

It would also be worth mentioning, for those concerned about Chavez’s use of oil revenues that the US is still Venezuela’s biggest customer..

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By: f belz http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398699 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:49:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398699 Are we off chasing shadows and running toward another mud hole that we cannot get extracted from. Sounds like the weapons makers must want more business and are not happy that they lost the business to Russia. We sure know how to stir up things. Just what does a former DA know about Venezuela?

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By: Mark L http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398696 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:47:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398696 Both Iran and Venezuela have cause to distrust and be angry at the USA. Venezuela has every right to buy arms all it wants, Fine. And Chavez has deep insecurities because he doesn’t get to sit at the “Big Kids’ Table”. Fine. But Chavez is playing a dangerous game, trying to ally his people with another people whom they have absolutely no historical or cultural ties with whatsoever. Things like this could quickly spin out of control for President Chavez. To whit, if a nuclear weapon from Iran detonates in Israel, Europe or North America and it is “discovered” that Venezuela is even slightly, indirectly, kinda-maybe, involved in any way (materially, finacially, etc), Venezuela will be attacked by the United States, Caracas will be reduced to smoking ruble, Chavez will be dead in a week along with thousands of his countrymen and nobody in Latin America or the world will come to his aid. Our pudgy, loud-mouthed friend is playing with fire and he has everything to lose and very little to gain.

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By: Cris http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398332 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:00:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398332 Starting to invent some story to invade Venezuela? now with 7 military bases in Colombia could be easy, telling the world that Chavez and Ahmadinejad are devil and they have weapons of mass destruction? come on… Venezuela is rich, oil, gas, uranium. It is very atractive, so let the media write nice stories, the only people who believe it are americans, sorry northamericans…

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By: brian decree http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398299 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 07:21:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398299 “Without hard evidence to show, is Morgenthau fear-mongering? What do you think?”

I’m wondering why unsubstanciated comments from a known opponent to the socialist state of Venezuela are newsworthy material? The Venezuelans are correct, this kind of speculation is as irresponsible as putting it to print without investigating the story first. This shows a very unprofessional relationship between the DA and some in the press.

Both Venezuela and Iran have nuclear reactors already, Iran even has one that was supplied by the US in 1967.

Though I would probably agree that both states would be interested in developing nuclear weapons, because it makes perfect sense to restore the balance of power in both regions and create a defensive capability in response to the extremely aggressive and currently threatening states of USA, and Israel in the Mid-east. Both nuclear powers (Israel illegally) and notorious for attacking their neighbors.

I think its a bit rich to expect another country (that you are threatening) to not develop an effective deterrent under the guise of non-proliferation when your country currently has enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy civilization itself, has used them before, has threatened to use them recently, and shows no signs of diminishing their apocalyptic stockpiles..

I think the US needs a lot more credibility in weapons of mass destruction before they can instruct the world on who can have them, and I think the world needs to treat EVERY country with weapons of mass destruction equally to earn our own.

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By: brian lee http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398291 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 06:41:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398291 Obama,s appeasement approach has been tried before and it caused the second world war.The leaders of these anti American collations are prepared to call Obama,s bluff because his hands are tied by the extreme left wing of his party.

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By: Mariela http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398282 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:22:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398282 Latin America has been on the ‘US backyard’ for quite some time being that ‘little’ neighbor that is easy to forget due to other bigger priorities in International affairs; however, for how much longer can the US afford to look on the other side while Mr. Chavez gains power by using Venezuela’s oil revenues to favor his personal and political preferences in detriment to even its own people and domestic economy? though, this is a very serious allegation I wonder if Mr. Chavez will ever run out of money to buy other Governments’ support and silence. I just wish Mr. Oliver Stone spend a week out of his luxury hotels in one of the ‘barriadas’ of Caracas to live the real consecuences of Chavez Revolution.

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By: Scott http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/09/14/is-chavez-helping-iran-build-the-bomb/comment-page-1/#comment-398269 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 04:23:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=20111#comment-398269 Morgenthau has zero expertise in this area, and no special access to any relevant information. His beliefs and opinions about foreign affairs mean no more to me than the opinions of a random person on the street. It’ll be a pity if he ruins the fine reputation he’s built up over decades as a DA, by wandering into areas that are totally unrelated to what he excelled at.

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