Colombia Wins, anti-U.S. Axis Loses – Opportunity to Exert Robust U.S. Leadership

U.S. Review of Venezuela’s Inclusion on the State-Sponsor of Terrorism List or Haven Designation, Warranted  Last week Colombia scored three significant victories by striking hard against the FARC-People’s Army terrorist group, yet you would not think so if you had focused on most news reports of the matter.  First, the FARC has been dealt a potentially fatal leadership blow.  The death of …

Colombia Fights Terror, Her Neighbors Aid and Abet It

Imagine for a moment that a well organized group of American citizens decide to secede from the Union.  These separatists, frustrated the lack of progress in their quixotic effort abandon legal and political processes and resort to illegal measures such as terrorism.  Since an overwhelming majority of Americans are turned off by these people, the group has …

Venezuelan Officials Keep Hinting Nuclear Ambitions, with Iranian Assistance

Last week two South American countries announced that they planned to build the region’s first nuclear-powered submarines.  It is not really clear why developing countries such as Brazil and Argentina would need such a device in peaceful South American waters, then nothing is ever really transparent with these two nuclear powers.   Fortunately build what they will, U.S. naval superiority can deal …

Iran’s Western Hemisphere Strategy Reportedly Includes Central America TV Station

A colleague in South America sent me a news item that I wanted to pass along to my readers.  Folks who follow regional matters have known for some time that Iran has slowly been creeping its way into various pockets in the Americas.  Pick a leftist, rogue, and anti-American leader in the Western Hemisphere and …

Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in Latin America Continues

Brazil and Argentina to Build a Nuclear Sub, Latin America’s First  On December 15, 2007 in the northeast Brazilian City of Natal, Latin America’s two leading nuclear power generating countries – Argentina and Brazil – made some history.   At Brazil’s space launch facility at Barriera do Inferno (e.g., Barrier of Hell), the two countries successfully launched a research …

Communist Party of Cuba Leadership Succession, not Transition, Complete

As expected yesterday and despite punditry to the contrary, the Communist Party of Cuba has formally replaced one dictator with another dictator to lead the island.   There was nothing historic except the passing of the leadership baton.  Judging from Raul Castro’s words, expect more of the same and, most assuredly, no transition to freedom, rule …

While Scores Remain in Power, Main War Criminal Steps Down in Cuba

A war criminal and human rights abuser announced this week that he would no longer serve as head of the Cuban Communist Party or serve any formal role in ruling the communist island nation.  Fidel Castro’s announcement should change nothing with regards to U.S. policy toward Cuba and we can expect more of the same from the …