"Thank you, Hu Jintao, and thank you, China," said Hugo Chavez, as he announced a $20 billion loan from Beijing, to be repaid in Venezuelan oil.The Chinese just threw Chavez a life-preserver. For Venezuela is reeling from 25 percent inflation, government-induced blackouts to cope with energy shortages and an economy that shrank by 3.3 percent in 2009.
Where did China get that $20 billion? From us. From consumers at Wal-Mart. That $20 billion is 1 percent of the $2 trillion in trade surpluses Beijing has run up with the United States over two decades.Beijing is using its trillions of dollars in reserves, piled up from exports to America, to cut deals to lock up strategic resources for the coming struggle with the United States for hegemony in Asia and the world."
All of this comes fresh on the heels of an announcement earlier this week that Iran is apparently increasing the number of Quds troops in Venezuela. None of this comes as a suprise to me personally as I saw newly constructed mosques there during my last visit in '07.
" Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps has stepped up its presence in Latin America, especially in Venezuela, according to a Pentagon report to Congress. The Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force "maintains operational capabilities around the world," said the report on Iran's military power, released Tuesday by the Defense Department.
The force "is well established in the Middle East and North Africa, and recent years have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela," the report said.
"If US involvement in conflicts in these regions deepens, contact with the IRGC-QF (Quds Force), directly or through extremist groups it supports, will be more frequent and consequential," it said. The report said Iran's top priority is to ensure "the survival of the regime" and that Tehran has ambitions to position itself as a regional power, while expanding its presence on the world stage.
The elite Quds force, which serve under the authority of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei, has been accused in connection with a 1994 attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires."
Isnt it wonderful to know that the sheer idiocy of White Liberal Guilt put the most foolhardy appeaser on the world stage since Nevil Chamberlain into the Oval Office to protect the United States as well as the free world? Teddy Roosevelt is probably spinning in his grave at the thought of allowing such threats to fester in our sphere of influence. 2012 is right around the corner people. Hopefully we won't make the same mistake twice. I'm leaning toward Romney, but I'm going to keep my eyes open in the meantime.