The Air Force general responsible for U.S. military operations in most of Latin America said Tuesday that he does not believe Venezuela, despite ongoing arms purchases and close ties to Iran, poses a national security threat to the United States.
Fraser was asked if he thought Venezuela’s newly announced development of unmanned aerial vehicles and continued purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of weaponry, including anti-aircraft missiles from Russia and other nations, did not present a danger to his country.“From my standpoint, no, I don’t see it that way,” he told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I don’t see them as a national security threat.”Fraser, chief of the U.S. Southern Command, said from his headquarters in Miami that he views the anti-aircraft missile purchases in particular as primarily defensive in nature.He also said he did not consider Iran’s ties with Chavez’s socialist government to amount to a military alliance.“As I look at Iran and their connection with Venezuela, I see that still primarily as a diplomatic and economic relationship,” he said, with Iran using it to counter international sanctions over its alleged development of nuclear weapons.
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So the US top general for affairs in Latin America does not view Venezuela as any type of threat. He does not believe the alliance between Iran and Venezuela is a military alliance, and he also does not believe that the new purchase of weapons to Venezuela is offensive at all. So how does this play out with Romney? It just makes him look like a bigger and bigger idiot.