Outraged at lack of action by Obama Administration, Mack renews calls for Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism
WASHINGTON – In a letter to his colleagues late yesterday, Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14), the Ranking Republican of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, renewed his calls for Venezuela to be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism after news reports surfaced that Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil.
According to the November 25th edition of the German daily, Die Welt, Venezuela has agreed to allow Iran to establish a military base manned by Iranian missile officers, soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and Venezuelan missile officers. The article states that the previously undisclosed contract provides for the establishment of a jointly-operated military base in Venezuela and the joint development of ground-to-ground missiles. If proven factual, this would be just the latest example of an increasingly dangerous partnership between Iran and Venezuela.
“What further proof does this Administration need that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is a dangerous threat to the freedom, stability and security of the entire hemisphere?
“Chavez has given aid and support to internationally-recognized terrorist organizations like the FARC, is collaborating closely with Iran in the gasoline and banking industries, and continues to trample on the rights and freedoms of the Venezuelan people. And now he is allowing Iran to place missiles on Venezuelan soil.
“Every day we allow Chavez to move closer to fulfilling his promises to Iran brings an enhanced degree of insecurity to the American people.”
Adding insult to the American people was the President’s recent joke on November 21st that he would divert Air Force One to Venezuela to see his buddy Hugo Chavez on his way home from Europe.
“With the Obama Administration’s eye off the ball, the new Congress will have no choice but to work diligently to bring to light the detrimental failures of the Administration’s policies and stress the need to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Mack concluded.