Regional governments and experts cannot help recall the similar exercise in 1983
when the US flotilla was diverted from the Mediterranean to invade tiny Granada,
and believe this is the spearhead of new US militarization of the zone.
People who have been at the sharp end of U.S. imperialism have long memories,
and this deployment will be a further reminder of what a false friend the U.S.
has been to Latin America. It may rebound upon them, with elections due in Nicaragua,
and Chavez making political capital out of U.S. militarism, but the Pentagon
seems unworried. Alternatively, something awful might be afoot.
Meanwhile in a totally disconnected move Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin have
signed a deal that
will overhaul the Venezuelan air force, whilst the U.S. deployment comes as
Ecuador joins the petro-revolt against U.S. hegemony in Latin America.
[Posted By Szamko]
Republished from Prensa
Three warships, 2,000 troops en route to join Operation
Three more US warships with 2,000 troops aboard left for the Caribbean Wednesday,
to join the combat fleet there since April, at which regional governments and
social groups look with a jaundiced eye.
The Pentagon-led “Caribbean Lion 2006”, military exercises to begin
Tuesday, include aerial reconnaissance, maritime depth measurements and terrain
analysis in addition to other activities, is perceived by local analysts to
be evaluating possibilities for an attack against one or more countries in the
Included in the exercise are US Special Forces “trained to enter hostile
territory and physically destroy the enemy.”
Although technically led by Holland, the monumental training exercise will
have an extremely strong US presence and will extend until June 15, with bases
on two islands off the Venezuelan coast (Curacao and Guadalupe).
“Officially this military operation does not have any political purpose;
extra-officially, the exercise can be interpreted as a signal to Hugo Chavez
[president of Venezuela],” Caribseek digital news affirms.
Regional governments and experts cannot help recall the similar exercise in
1983 when the US flotilla was diverted from the Mediterranean to invade tiny
Granada, and believe this is the spearhead of new US militarization of the zone.
The Pentagon asserts the massive military concentration is to coordinate local
forces in the anti-drug fight and informs it will touch ports in Honduras, Dominican
Republic, Colombia, Curacao, San Martin, Cartagena, Nicaragua and San Cristobel