Caracas Gringo is a very interesting blerg. I often disagree with the author, but today, he posts something that I agree with 100%. The subject matter here: Venezuela’s supposedly dangerous links with Iran. Gringo finds the same thing I have always found: that these links exist primarily in words, not in deeds. There is a lot of utter bullshit mixed in with any tidbits of real concerns that may exist.
As is Gringo’s wont, s/he adds a lot of interesting details that readers are unlikely to have heard before. Had you heard about the supposed Iranian missile base in Paraguaná? I thought it sounded like bullshit, but Gringo goes further: he sends out a crew to look around.
… an extensive search of the peninsula, with cameras and GPS devices in case they found anything out of the ordinary. These men are former Army infantry officers with combat experience during the 1990s on the border with Colombia, who left active service in 2003. They did not find anything to substantiate…
These spurious claims all come from private sources in Washington, Gringo says. Now, remember: Gringo is close to conservative US circles, and is no Sean Penn or even Marc Weisbrot. So this tidbit is especially interesting:
Real documents mixed with false documents, all originating from the same sources in Washington, DC. From where I’m sitting in Venezuela, the real threats to this country – and the US – are not Iranian at all, but this is another topic that merits a separate post.
So I reached out to my Washington friends, men I respect and admire, with a single question: “Que vaina es esta?”
Without getting too specific for now, I learned that some Venezuelans are supplying the real and false documents to certain gringos in DC. There appears to be some degree of business or political association, and/or friendship, between some of the Venezuelans who fund La Patilla and those who are supplying documents to the gringos.
OK, it’s that inevitable moment, you knew it was coming, now go. Do it. GO READ THE WHOLE THING.