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The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he is troubled by Iranian activities in Latin America that he sees as meddling. But he told a Senate panel Tuesday that Russian military outreach there doesn't bother him at all.
Iran has used the United States as a foil as it tries to establish ties with left-leaning Latin American leaders.
Gates didn't say just what he thinks Iran is up to militarily. But he called Iran a threat there that Russia, despite high-profile maneuvers, is not.
Gates shrugged off Russian naval tours in places like Venezuela. He said that if Russia hadn't raised alarms by invading Georgia last year, he would have invited Russian ships to dock in Miami as well.
Talk about hypocritical.
And can someone PLEASE get Obama to explain why GATES is still holding anything resembling power in the US Government?
One must take into consideration that the US has largely ignored the Latin America region for years. They (LatAm) need trading partners to survive economically and it never hurts to have some friends on your side. The US has indirectly allowed their enemies access to their backyard.