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May 16, 2006

Hugo Chavez... nimrod? Or Evil Genius?

Hey, I understand standing up to the Big Gringo, it keeps everybody happy. No worries.

But ya gotta wonder what the sub rosa goal is that prompts this lunacy...

The AP, via Breitbart, is offering up this lede: Venezuela Weighs Selling U.S. Jets to Iran...

So, Presidente Chavez, in response to the US ban on arms sales to his government (hey, gringo, we can bash you all we want, but you better still give us stuff at good prices!) is considering selling its fleet of F-16s to... perhaps Iran.

Snerk.

The AP reports that Gen. Alberto Muller, a senior adviser to Chavez, told the AP he had recommended to the defense minister that Venezuela consider selling the 21 jets to another country.

Okey-dokey. One *small teensy-weensy problem* with that. Under the rules that apply to Foreign Military Sales, you have to have *our* permission to sell them to someone else, or, give them back. And we get to approve who you sell them to.

General Muller thinks that Iran should be on the table as a buyer.

Presidente Chavez has already threatened to "share" the planes with Cuba if the USGOV doesn't fork over parts and upgrades, or at least allow the Israelis to provide 'em.

Hee.

Okay, they won't be flying to Teheran, they'd have to be shipped. Guess what? That would make for interesting blockade possibilities, to keep the containers from leaving.

They could *fly* to Cuba. I wonder if Cubans would fly them or Venezuelans? I wonder who among them would like to participate in a live-fire exercise with a Carrier Air Group?

Yeah, I know - Cuba doesn't have F16s, and the CAG doesn't fly 'em either.  Welcome to Photoshop, where anything is possible.