Monday, November 9, 2009

Chavez to troops: Prepare for war with Colombia

From the AP:
President Hugo Chavez ordered Venezuela's military on Sunday to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying the country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbors.

"The best way to avoid war is preparing for it," Chavez told military officers standing at attention during his weekly television and radio program.

Repeating an often-used military adage, he added, "If you want peace, prepare for war."

Chavez told his supporters that President Barack Obama holds sway over Colombia's government, and he cautioned the U.S. leader against using his allies in Bogota to mount a military offensive against Venezuela.

"Don't make a mistake, Mr. Obama, by ordering an attack against Venezuela by way of Colombia," he said....MORE