We've known for some time that Hugo Chavez has cancer and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments. The most recent reports say he may be losing that battle with cancer. It is being reported that Chavez was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, but chavez is trying to deny those reports.
One must wonder what Venezuela without Chavez will be like, who will take his place, will policies change? Our friend Reza Kahlili (not his real name), former Revolutionary Guard in Iran, double agent who worked with the CIA, and author of A Time To Betray which betrays the horrors of prison in Iran and Kahlili's life, is concerned and writes "Iranian Jihadists at the Gate" about an Iranian missile base in Venezuela.
Last week, I attended a symposium that clarified for me exactly why Iran is the single greatest existential threat to the United States and the free world today.
The symposium panel consisted not of some off-the-wall Cassandras, but rather of some the soberest most serious thinkers in the field of national security. Among them were:
- Lt. General (ret.) Thomas McInerney, Air Force; member of the Iran Policy Committee;
- Brigadier General (ret.) Ken Chrosniak, U.S. Army War College, Bronze Star recipient;
- Reza Kahlili, Ex-CIA spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards; author of the award-winning book A Time To Betray; Instructor at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy of the Dept. of Defense;
- Lt. Col. (ret.) Tony Shaffer, U.S. Army, Bronze Star recipient and Senior Intelligence Officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency;
- Clare Lopez, strategic policy and intelligence expert on national defense, Islam, Iran, and counterterrorism issues.
I put these names up front to demonstrate that this is not just me trying to stir up the pot.
The reason why the danger is so clear and imminent is because of a confluence of two facts that make up the perfect storm:
1. The nature of the version of Shiite Islam to which the government of Iran adheres; and
2. a natural phenomenon called EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
I will deal with them one at a time (again – please indulge me, and continue reading). (--Stuart Kaufman, The United West, continue reading)
Venezuela The Morning After (Powerline)
Our friend Mark Falcoff writes to comment on the news that Hugo Chávez is in serious condition:
The latest rumors out of Caracas — unconfirmed but not wholly without some foundation — are that Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez may be fatally succumbing to cancer. If this is so, it won’t be long before the world knows it. The news certainly justifies some reflection on what might happen in that country were the president to die at the present time.
The fact is, chavismo is a one-man circus. There is simply no one else in the regime, not even his brother Adán, who can play the same role and attract the same level of political support. Chávez’s survival is absolutely crucial to the continuation of the regime, because the Venezuelan president, for all his buffoonery, for all the waste and corruption and downright silliness associated with his government, is still popular with roughly half the country’s population.
On the other hand, perhaps as much as forty percent — certainly thirty percent — are mildly to strongly opposed to his regime and its continuation in any form.
It is common to point out that the opposition is not merely numerically outnumbered, but also qualitatively weaker. There is no outstanding opposition leader–indeed, there are far too many individuals competing for the same role. (continue reading at Powerline)
Also: "Apostate faces death in Iran"
The Iranian regime, following the commandments set out in the Koran, the hadiths, and the Islamic law, is about to execute a man, Youcef Nadarkhani, for converting to Christianity and becoming a Christian pastor.