Monday, October 6, 2008

Russia and Venezuela Teaming on Weapons and Energy

There's no good news here, just bad and ugly. But it pays to know what's going on elsewhere in the world when pondering DOD's next energy steps. Recent reports are that Putin and Chavez are getting very cozy, and formulating agreements on oil for Gazprom in Venezuela and nuclear tech transfer too. For energy purposes only, of course. 

As with a previous post on Russian actions in Georgia, these moves not only affect DOD by potentially altering global energy markets, they also put Venezuela further in the crosshairs of DOD warfighting planners. Russia is pulling our strings because it knows US forces are spread mighty thin, and it's newfound oil and gas wealth is making it feel like a superpower again. This is getting pretty close to home.

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