This report sounds similar to what Ahmed Chalabi told the Bush Administration and the Congress, that led the U.S. to go to war with Iraq. We later find out Chalabi’s information and accusations turned out to be either false or over exaggerated. The main thrust of allegations was to paint Iraq as a danger to the United States so we could take action against that country.
Now the focus is on the fourth largest oil producer, Venezuela, and the oil rich countries of Bolivia and Ecuador. They all have another thing in common. They have thrown out the multinational oil giants.
We were snookered into believing that there would be a Communist take over of Central America through Nicaragua. That turned into a long, drawn out war for nothing, except helping to worsen another country because the U.S. didn’t like their politics.
Now we are listening to Robert Noriega about the ills of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, supposedly connected to Iran and Hezbollah in the drug trade. Noriega is a senior fellow at the very conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. That might make one suspicious to start with. Think tanks, on the left and the right, generally have their own agenda or ideologies they want played out.
Douglas Farah, also mentioned, has many facets as well. One of his blog’s entries is titled, “The MB (Muslim Brotherhood) Inroads Into the Obama Administration.” He talks about Georgetown University being Saudi Arabian financed and a pulpit for the Muslim agenda. Maybe he should look to see how much of the U.S. government is financed by Saudi Arabia or the ties between the Bush family and the Royal Saudi family. Maybe he could comment on the connection between the Saudi billionaire whose investment firm is one of the biggest stakeholders in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
The report to the House subcommittee regarding these accusations may be accurate and may not be. It is important to further investigate these allegations before jumping to conclusions. We have jumped to conclusions too many times and paid dearly for it with young American lives and trillions of tax dollars being wasted.
Noriega said, ‘I believe there will be an attack on U.S. personnel, installations or interests in the Americas as soon as Hezbollah operatives believe that they are capable of such an operation”. We were also told. from reliable sources, that Saddam Hussein was a direct threat to the United States, involved with Al Qaeda and had weapons of mass destruction. The facts about the relationships between these countries, including Hezbollah, seem to permeate similar stories we were told leading up to the Iraq, Vietnam and Nicaraguan wars.
Better to wait and get the facts from multiple sources and not from a few people that may have an agenda for overthrowing another nation.