Monday, January 30, 2012

Monroe Doctrine

"Got your skinny girls! Here at the Western World"

Such a delightful little ditty from paw paw"s Box St Collective could somewhat dubiously function as a seductive soundtrack for the magnetic pull the woman worshiping Western World sweetly enjoys.

As a birth control method for protecting western hemisphere's hot attraction for enemy influence, muscle or just uncool colonialism since way back in the last millennium - Monroe Doctrine serves as Great Satan"s Diplopolititary demarche'.
"We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety."
Old school worries, right? Maybe not! Check Preacher Command's web of relations in Western Hemi - in partic - south of the border

What about non state actor outer terrorist groups  from the ME?
It is something of a truism of American politics that policymakers in Washington pay only sporadic attention to the happenings in their own geopolitical backyard. The relatively low profile of Latin America in our national security policymaking is deeply counterintuitive, given the region's proximity to the U.S. homeland. It is also potentially dangerous, because its political environment—marked by large ungoverned areas —has created a fertile operating environment for a range of radical groups, including those from the greater Middle East.
 Hiz"B"Allah, however, is far and away the most prominent. Its presence in the region stretches back to the 1980s, when operatives—taking advantage of weak regional governance and with support from Iran—began to expand the organization's already-substantial international drug-trafficking and smuggling activities from Lebanon's Beka'a Valley to the "Tri-Border Region" at the intersection of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay

To ward off its international isolation and undermine US influence in the region, Iran, with its Hezbollah proxy in tow, has made a major diplomatic and economic push into the Western Hemisphere.  

Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and other radical anti-American populists have made common cause with Iran and Hezbollah in waging asymmetric warfare against the United States. 

HbA’s criminality in the region has multiplied as it has established deeper relations with transnational criminal organizations.

Sensitive sources within various governments has identified at least two parallel yet collaborative terrorist networks growing at an alarming rate in Latin America. 

The stakes are clear. In a May 2011 visit to Bolivia, Iranian Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi proclaimed that in the event of any military confrontation between Iran and the United States, “The strong Iran is ready for enemy-crushing and tough response in case of any illogical and violent behavior by the U.S.”

There is every reason to believe that such a response would utilize every weapon in Iran’s arsenal, including Hezbollah. But we do not have to wait until an outbreak of military hostilities between the United States and Iran to confront Hezbollah’s continuing efforts to consolidate its presence and expand its influence in the Western Hemisphere. 

The United States and responsible governments in Latin America need to act now, precisely so that we do not have to respond later

Pic - "If Washington does not transition from monitoring to acting against Iranian advances in Latin America, it may find itself confronting a grave and growing threat that it can neither diminish nor evade."


AMW said...

Nice post. Keep up the good work.

Michal said...

Hi, I wanted to ask whether including links to online newspapers is a problem, when posting in comments? I'm not sure, just asking.

I was commenting under the article "Going All The Way" and the comment never showed up.

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Hi Michal! While GsGf is hot for free uncensored freedom of speech - sometimes the bloody spam filter thingy gets kinda wiggy. All apologies - it's up now!

And great commentary too. Thank you!!

Heron said...

Conflating a funding network with operations is pretty sloppy. Does Hezbollah have supporters in LA? Yes; mostly Lebanese descended from immigrants who fled the US, Israeli, and Syrian-funded civil war of the 70s-80s. Are these supporters bomb-makers and shooters? No. Are they even members of Hezbollah? No. What they are is money men, and the handful of arrests of these individuals reflects this.

Yes, Iran does have a strong ally (rhetorically, at least) in Venezuela, but what is that really worth? It did absolutely nothing for Gaddafi. It does little enough for Cuba (in fact, given the excellence of Cuban medical training, I'd say Venezuela was the real beneficiary of that deal). Moreover, Chavez may be dead in a year or two from heart disease, his cult of personality is growing increasingly shaky as the economic destruction he has wrought makes supporting the poor who are his primary electoral base increasingly difficult, and even when his position was strong, the most significant military action he could muster was funding the FARC in Columbia(a bordering state), a terrorist org who, let us not forget, is now defunct; crushed under the weight of the excellent US trained and funded Colombian military.

These fears are overblown, and Iranian rhetoric regarding a Latin American threat to the US is nothing more than morale-boosting hot-air. The fact of the matter is that neither you or the AEI can point to a single operational threat from south of the border, or even an operational attempt to cross it. Honestly, you are a more than capable scholar and you're better than this WND-type propaganda.