Saturday, April 01, 2006

Washington prepares for World War

Korea? Iran? Venezuela? China? Which comes first? Or will it be all at once?

North Korea accuses United States of conducting more than 180 spy flights in March
Front page / World
03/31/2006 16:30 Source:

North Korea claimed Friday that U.S. spy planes had surveyed strategic targets and military installations in the communist nation on more than 180 aerial espionage missions last month. An overseas-based E-3 AWACS airborne command plane also was in the area to direct more than 2,000 fighters involved in a week of U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported, citing a military source.

The exercises which ended Friday and included 25,000 American forces and an unspecified number of South Korean troops have drawn repeated condemnations from the North, which claims they are a rehearsal for invasion. U.S. and South Korean officials say they are simply to bolster the militaries' defense capabilities.

North Korea releases tallies of alleged U.S. spy flights every month. The U.S. military doesn't comment, although it acknowledges monitoring North Korean military activity, reports the AP.

US launches major military exercises in the Caribbean as a warning to Venezuela and Cuba

By Jorge Martin (Hands Off Venezuela ˆ ) Thursday, 30 March 2006

According to a press release by the US Southern Command on Monday, March 27: "A U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group will deploy from the U.S. east coast to the Caribbean Sea to conduct Operation Partnership of the Americas from early April through late May 2006." The strike group will be composed of "aircraft carrier USS George Washington with embarked air wing, Cruiser USS Monterey, Destroyer USS Stout, and Frigate USS Underwood". This means that the US Navy will be sending 4 ships, one of them carrying 60 fighter planes, and a total of 6,500 soldiers on a major military exercise in the Caribbean starting in the next few weeks. (see: U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group to make Caribbean deployment)

The stated aims of this exercise are: "enhancing military-to- military relationships with regional partner nations, improving operational readiness, and fostering good will." By "fostering good will" what is meant is sending a strong message to Venezuela and Cuba. The commander of the US Southcom General Bantz Craddock has on many occasions attacked the Venezuelan government. The decision to send this unusually large force to the Caribbean was announced just two weeks after General Craddok spoke at a US Senate committee hearing in which he called the Venezuelan government a "destabilizing force" because of its moves in the international arena, as well as ongoing efforts to purchase weapons, particularly from China. "The purchase of military equipment has not been a transparent process. This is a destabilizing factor in a region where nations are making joint efforts to face international threats, rather than fighting each other," he stated. And he added: "We are not fully convinced that such ample and large purchases have an origin in Venezuelan national defense concerns."

In a press conference during his visit to Uruguay in June 2005 he was even more specific: "I do not see Cuba as a military threat to the United States, I do not see Venezuela as a military threat to the United States, what I do see is an influence in Latin America that creates, potentially creates instability and uncertainty, because in Cuba, obviously it is a totalitarian state, a communist state, and in Venezuela it appears that democratic processes and institutions are at risk. That has great opportunity to create, again, instability and uncertainty throughout the region if those processes are exported. So we are concerned, and we believe the neighbors in the region should also be concerned."

In a thinly disguised threat of military intervention, General Craddock added: "The military aspect is to create conditions to allow other solutions to work, economic, political, social".

In the recently released Strategy for National Security, 2006 document Washington clearly sees Venezuela as a target: "In Venezuela, a demagogue inundated with petrol money is undermining democracy and trying to destabilize the region."

It is clear that the current military exercises must be seen in this context. An article in the Virginian Pilot newspaper quoted a few of them: "The presence of a U.S. carrier task force in the Caribbean will definitely be interpreted as some sort of signal by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela," said Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute, a pro-defense think tank in Washington, who added: "the fact we are doing it now will be interpreted by Castro and Chavez as indicative of some sort of U.S. plan, or initiative, or whatever you want to call it". (GW strike group will head south for training, Jack Dorsey, Virginian Pilot, March 28th)

The US Southcom already has a number of military bases within reach of Venezuelan territory. These include smaller "Cooperative Security Locations" based in Aruba and Curaçao off the coast of Venezuela, in Manta in Ecuador and in El Salvador, together with larger bases in Soto Cano in Honduras, Guantánamo in Cuba and in several locations in Colombia. Southcom has just issued a new "theater command strategy", part of which has been declassified.

Objective number one is to guarantee that "regional energy supplies will flow freely into international markets and will not be targets of aggression." Essential to meeting this security objective, says Southcom, is improving the ability of "partner nation security forces to protect critical infrastructure" of the energy industry in the region. This clearly affects Venezuela, which is the 3rd largest supplier of oil to the United States.

A number of objectives have not been declassified, but then number six is to "prevent rogue states from supporting terrorist organizations". Considering there are no "rogue" states in Latin America, this can only be a reference to Venezuela, which Washington has accused, without presenting any proof, of supporting the Farc guerrillas in Colombia (described by Gen Braddock as "narco- terrorists").

Usually the corporate media dismisses president Chavez's warnings of the danger of a US military intervention against the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela. But information publicly available shows that this is a very real danger. Washington is not likely to start an open war in Venezuela at this particular time, when they are bogged down in a war they cannot win in Iraq, but they are certainly making preparations.

One way in which military intervention can take place is by artificially fostering autonomist demands in Zulia, the oil rich Venezuelan state on the border with Colombia. Local politicians in this region (one of only two with an opposition governor) have been busy demanding a referendum on autonomy. A scenario could be envisaged in which they declare independence unilaterally and ask for foreign intervention to guarantee their "democratic rights". Such an intervention would be easier to justify and could even take place under the guise of "peace-keeping" (as is currently the case with the imperialist intervention in Haiti).

This would obviously not be an easy task. Chavez has already pointed out, correctly, that the day after military intervention by the US against Venezuela, the whole continent would be in flames. Latin America is witnessing a shift to the left with mass movements, general strikes, insurrections, elections of governments which are seen as being left wing by the masses, etc.

The United States is seriously worried about the impact the Venezuelan revolution is having in the rest of Latin America. They are accusing Chavez of interfering in the election campaigns in Peru and Mexico, as they accused him of interfering in the elections in December in Bolivia in which Evo Morales won a landslide victory. The accusation that the Venezuelan government is directly financing candidates in other countries is obviously wrong. But what is certainly true is that the Bolivarian revolution has raised the hopes of the masses of workers and peasants throughout the continent and beyond.

It has provided an example that it is possible to challenge the policies imposed by Washington. In previous decades a familiar pattern would take place in Latin America. The masses of workers and peasants went on the move and elected a progressive government which would soon be overthrown by a military coup engineered from the US.

This had a demoralising effect on the mass movement in the continent. The Bolivarian revolution has also changed that with the defeat of the military coup against Chavez in April 2002 by the mass movement of the people in the streets.

And the effect is not only in Latin America but also in the United States where millions of Latinos live and work, many of them keeping links with their countries of origin. The enormous hundreds of thousands of Latin American immigrants in the United States who have been demonstrating and going on strike for their rights in the last few weeks, would not remain idle if the US staged a military provocation against Venezuela.

All this makes the Bolivarian revolution even more dangerous to the ruling class in the United Sates. They are carrying out careful preparations to put an end to it. These include a campaign of relentless pressure, through the media, through diplomacy and economic sabotage, trying to prevent the purchase of weapons by Venezuela, etc. And the current military exercises in the Caribbean are clearly part of these preparations, both as a threat and as a concrete preparation for future military intervention.

For these reasons it is more important than ever to redouble the efforts of the solidarity movement. Hands Off Venezuela!!


At Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 10:04:00 PM GMT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recent events are even more in alignment with the Iran war scenario.

It is pretty clear to me that the civil strife in Iraq is either blown out of proportion by the media or boilstered by covert US operations or both.

The bloody execution of Saddam is clearly a prepared chess move. They had thousands of soldiers there, Saddam was in US custody. How could they hand him over to the wolves for a "surprise bloddy execution", on a day of relegious significance. (

The Bush administration is clearly on a kamikaze streak. They know the clock is ticking before the already lost elections and they have to make their moves now.

I think the neocons have abandoned their plans for another phony terrorist attack in American territory, because the public can only be fooled so many times, and another critical mistake in intelligence wouldn't be congruent with all the efforts they've made to tighten security.

Their new tactic with Iran will presumably be "Divide and Conquer". They will use the ethnic militias of Middle East to stir up the civil conflicts and export them from Iraq to Iran. Then they will either arrange the seizure of power for their new puppet in Iran or be "forced" to intervene for obvious economic reasons.

Bush is preparing to announce an increase of troops in Iraq, conveniently removing from command the top generals who started to express doubts about the necessity of such troops in Iraq. (,%20Petraeus,%20and%20Croker%20to%20Replace%20Abizaid,%20Casey,%20and%20Khalilzad.htm)

By the time people will realize what's going on, Iran oil wells will be ablaze from "oddly weel armed and informed" religious factions attacks. This is not a new brilliant strategy, it's the same old cheap trick they used to put Saddam in power in the first place. And with so much US military presence in the Middle East, China and Russia will be cut out from any possibility of military intervention. When the enemy comes from within, you cannot bomb him.


Then a simple blockade of Venezuela.



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