Thursday, January 12, 2006

On easy access to Venezuela's airports...for drug traffickers!

By Pedro Mario Burelli
Jan 11, 2006

PMBComments: the Committee on Foreign Relations of the U.S. Senate has released an insightful and information-filed staffer’s trip report to Colombia. The trip was taken by Carl Meacham at the request of the Committee to evaluate all aspects of Plan Colombia. While the report focuses on activities within Colombia, it touches briefly – and graphically - upon the latest information on the role Venezuela is playing in the international narcotics trade. While there have been a number of reports in the press of increased production in Venezuela, one of the charts in this report – see above - substantiate increased air activity from Venezuela towards Hispaniola (Haiti/Dom. Republic) - well know intermediate step for drug flowing into the U.S.

While it might be hard for common folks to leave Venezuela because of the imminent collapse of a key bridge in the Caracas-La Guaira highway, but there seems to be little, or no, impediment for thugs to move their wares out of Venezuela. Could it be that revolutionaries are better export promoters than engineers? PMB


Justin Delacour said...

Feathers, this kind of bogus is just a ploy --pushed by the State Department and rabid members of the opposition-- designed to to set the stage for greater U.S. hostility toward Chavez. This isn't about drugs. This is about politics and Chavez's lack of subservience to U.S. prerogatives.

FeathersMcGraw said...

C'mon Justin, how can you say it's bogus? Is the drug trafficking business a conspiracy theory pull out by the evil empire to get hostil against Chavez? I agree they can use it as a very effective weapon to get hostil to Chavez, but I disagree on that this is a bogus.

FeathersMcGraw said...

Plus Pedro Burelli is a very respected source with credentials to prove it, in despise of his political views

Justin Delacour said...

The article below makes it quite clear that the United States' criticisms of Venezuela's drug interdiction policies have nothing to do with the Chavez government's record on drug interdiction.

Drug interdiction actually increased dramatically under Chavez, as the U.S. embassy in Venezuela admitted. The drug war hoax is just an old-fashioned and concocted pretext for the U.S. to intensify its hostility toward the Chavez government.

There is no "war on drugs." The United States is happy to overlook the narco-trafficking activities of right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia. Once again, the "war on drugs" is no more than a pretext for U.S. intervention in the region.