Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Turkey holds suspicious Iran-Venezuela shipment, but that's OK lets talk!

Or Better Titled an Idiot at the Helm

Associated Press Writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara contributed to this report

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey was holding a suspicious shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran because it contained lab equipment capable of producing explosives, a customs official said Tuesday.
Suleyman Tosun, a customs official at the Mediterranean port of Mersin, said military experts were asked to examine the material, which was seized last month, and decide whether to let the shipment to go to Venezuela.
Authorities detected the equipment during a search of 22 containers labeled "tractor parts," Tosun said. They were brought to Mersin by trucks from neighboring Iran, he said. Turkey's Interior Ministry said an investigation was under way.

So as Iran Smuggles a weapons factory to Chavez, and the Russians use Venezuala as a base to do navel war games in our back pond, ad the fact that this idiot supplies us with 1/7th of our oil imports. The Mesiah wants to use him as his first attempt as "The Negotiator". Well maybe a failure dealing with a miner thug will clear the dope from his brain.

Obama May Use Chavez as Test for Talking With Foes
Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- In a mirrored office tower overlooking Caracas, a top Venezuelan official says his government is ready to accept Barack Obama’s offer to talk with U.S. adversaries -- if the president-elect scraps George W. Bush’s division of the world into friends and foes.

Such categories are “simplistic,” says Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s former envoy to Washington. “Why do nations have to be friends? What we have to do is sit down and discuss issues.”

Venezuela may provide a useful first test for Obama’s pledge to engage rather than isolate antagonists. While President Hugo Chavez is one of Washington’s noisiest critics, frayed relations would likely be easier to mend than those with nations such as Iran and Cuba, whose leaders are even more hostile toward the U.S., but that's OK

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