U.S. Urged to Reconsider Venezuela Ban
By Associated Press:
Wed Feb 21, 10:19 PM
CARACAS, Venezuela - A U.S. congresswoman called on the Bush administration Wednesday to reconsider its ban on selling parts for U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to Venezuela, urging improved ties between the two nations.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez's December re-election with the message: "I want an immediate repairing of the relations between the United States and Venezuela."
Jackson Lee described Venezuela as a friendly nation that the U.S. should cooperate with and said that the F-16 jets, which are built in Texas, was an issue of concern to her constituents in Houston.
Pledging to "personally go back and raise" the issue, she called for the U.S. Congress "to reconsider sanctions on the F-16s."
The U.S. State Department has banned arms sales to Venezuela, including parts necessary to maintain its fleet of F-16s, citing a lack of support by Chavez's government for counterterrorism efforts and its close relations with Iran and Cuba.
Venezuela has since begun receiving the first of 24 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets as part of approximately $3 billion in military deals that Chavez has signed with Moscow.
She said her fact-finding mission to Venezuela was part of an effort by a new Democrat-controlled Congress to show that "Venezuela has many friends in this new Congress."
Now just what rock do you suppose Ms. Jackson-Lee has been living under? Is she completely unaware of Hugo Chavez's most recent trip to America? Did she miss his trip to Iran? Do other Democrats think it's a good idea to sell him parts for his fighter jets? Seriously, what is her motivation for such a move? Is she doing it because the plants that make such parts are in her district? Or is it because she believes Chavez is a good man? Maybe it's because she leans toward his politics? Then again, maybe she's just plain stupid.
Either way, supplying Chavez is like supplying Castro, Ahmadiejhad, Kim Jung Il, et al.
Do her colleagues agree with her comment "Venezuela has many friends in this new Congress?" It wasn't that long ago, we would have called this "TREASON".....
What's the next great idea coming down democratic party pike, supply Iran with Uranium? I sure hope Americans know and understand just how dangerous this "new congress" is becoming....