"Yet it fits perfectly with Chavez's conception of the coming asymmetrical battle agains the United States and the need his forces will have to retreat to the hinterlands to wage guerrilla warfare.
One countermeasure the United States might deploy to offset any threat these militias might pose to the troops would be to refrain from invading Venezuela in the first place.
Update: In fairness to Farah, note that he goes on to assert that Chavez' guerrillas could aid the FARC guerrillas in neighboring Columbia. Assuming Chavez did want to aid FARC, he would not need to form militia units to do so.
I was talking with a Bolivian gentleman last night and I made the mistake of mentioning how popular Chavez and Morales are with international progressives. His face went dark and he said, "Well, I guess you have to live there to understand what Bolivia is like."ReplyDelete
About ten seconds later, I realized that the Bolivians who travel internationally probably are the RICH Bolivians... whoops!
But on your topic, yes, I believe Chavez honestly dislikes pure cocaine and prefers wholesome, sun-ripened coca leaves with no chemical processing. Unfortunately, it will be some time before Whole Foods offers a line of guaranteed-organic coca leaf granola products, "the trail mix that will let you march over the Andes!"