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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has for years predicted that a foreign army would attack the South American nation to snatch its vast oil reserves. A simulation conducted this week showed how it might happen.

    A naval landing craft made landfall on the shores of Western Falcon state carrying troops and over a dozen camouflaged tanks. The "invading" army then took over the massive Paraguana Refining Complex, a key asset of the world's No. 5 crude exporter.

    The "occupation" is part of a military exercise to train troops and communities to repel a foreign invader.

    The Chavez government said it is preparing citizens to fight a guerrilla war to repel a possible Iraq-style invasion by U.S. troops. The Bush administration insists the invasion paranoia is nothing more than leftist saber-rattling, but for Chavez supporters the threat is real.

    "They've already invaded us, now the invading forces are controlling certain strategic objectives," said Rear Admiral Zahin Quintana, a squadron commander, after disembarking from a warship as part of the exercise. "Now begins the resistance by our troops together with our people."

    The tanks began circulating through the streets, and units of mock invading soldiers launched smoke bombs to clear the way. But local residents, organized and trained by military authorities, resisted the assault by blocking roads with rusting cars and burning tires.

    "We're willing to go anywhere to defend our homeland," said Rosmery Trujillo, a participant in the operation, told state television. "This country will never again be put under the boot of the North, thanks to our President Chavez."

    The simulated attack is part of a military operation called "Operation Patriot 2006" being carried out this week.

    PREPARING FOR A FIGHT

    Venezuela's government has created community organizations called "Local Defense Councils" that would provide support during a potential invasion by hiding weapons deposits, relaying messages or sabotaging water and power services.

    Quintana said the mock attack involved nine warships, three combat planes and four helicopters -- two of which are Russian-made models Chavez started acquiring after the U.S. thwarted his attempts to acquire American technology.

    On Friday, the mock invasion force is scheduled to be repelled by Venezuelans trained to defend the nation's strategic assets including oil terminals, fuel filling stations and tanker trucks.

    Chavez, a former paratrooper turned populist politician, is locked in a heated war of words with Washington. The State Department describes him as a threat to democracy in the region, and this week said it would no longer sell weapons or military equipment to the South American nation.

    Chavez describes the United States as a decadent empire accustomed to having sway in Latin America, and has called Bush everything from "assassin" to "donkey."

    Despite U.S. criticism, Chavez is expected to easily win a reelection bid this December as massive social spending and the widely popular anti-American discourse have kept his approval ratings high.

    Critics in Venezuela say Chavez is squandering record oil wealth on improvised social programs and creating an artificial conflict with the United States.

    But with oil prices surging and anti-American sentiment high, many Venezuelans see the invasion threat as a reality.

    "If oil goes to $100 per barrel?" said one high ranking officer. "Who knows? Anything could happen."
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    This guys almost as much of a crazy asshole as dipfuck in North Korea is.
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    What a great idea. Let's cause mass panic that the US might invade your country at any time. How is it that there are so many crazies in the world running countries?

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    The only way that "mock invasion" could be accurate is if it involves the United States defeating Venezuela in record time with minimal losses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad
    This guys almost as much of a crazy asshole as dipfuck in North Korea is.
    Maybe, but I don't think Hugo is bold enough to claim to have shot 18 under par THE FIRST TIME HE PLAYED GOLF!!!!(not put-put).

    Dumb Fuck Kim II is a total tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79
    What a great idea. Let's cause mass panic that the US might invade your country at any time. How is it that there are so many crazies in the world running countries?
    Some people voted ours into office...
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

 

 

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