posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 01:14 PM
I already know what the Russian response will be.
1. Putin will make a barely concealed threat against 'extremists of all kinds.'
2. Russia will expedite military export of more hypersonic cruise missles to drive home the point.
3. America will look for the next smallest kid on the global playground.
LOL Just basing my opinions on precedent.
In all reality, America is probably just posturing, or conducting maneuvers to test response times, or just maintaining operational readiness (most
likely). There was a hint of some bad blood between Venezuela and Columbia, perhaps there is more to that conflict - soon to be played out.
It all boils down to energy, and Venezuela is a MAJOR exporter of LNG and oil products. They also have a great deal of untapped reserves, which means
fewer dollars in and more barrels out. That combination would make a tasty treat for the oligarchs on either side of the Atlantic.
Also, Venezuela is in a particularly uncomfortable position, because they have an unstable military backed government, and a leader who is chummy with
Castro - all this in a hemisphere rapidly transitioning to 'assisted democracy.'
Fun times ahead, that's for sure.