Venezuela, To List or Not to List

Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria are close allies of Venezuela – all state sponsors of terrorism.  Venezuela will feel right at home.  To list or not to list, that has become the question.  The Bush Administration is reportedly considering whether or not to list Venezuela as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.   The review may …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Mexico’s Troubles, U.S. Interests

Falling short of his intended target, a man carrying an explosive device was killed and a handful of bystanders injured in an area near Mexico City’s tourist and commercial area of Zona Rosa.  Mexican authorities report that the suspect may be connected to one of several Mexican drug cartels, the Sinaloa Cartel, but it is …

An Iranian “Base” in Central America

A few weeks ago Iranian gunboats engaged in a dangerous exercise threatening U.S. warships in the Straits of Hormuz.   The incident generated headlines and stories for several days as well as fascinating, albeit grainy, video coverage of the encounters.  As Secretary of Defense Bob Gates commented, the encounters serve as “[a] reminder that there is a very unpredictable …