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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Douglas Fraser
U.S. Gen. Douglas Fraser on Tuesday backed up President Obama's appraisal that Venezuela does not represent a threat to U.S. security. The only thing that statement proves is that both men refuse to acknowledge a menace that has grown worse on their watch.
While many of the world's leaders traveled to a Mexican seaside resort in Los Cabos for the annual Group of 20 meeting a couple weeks ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled a little farther south, to Rio de Janeiro, for another meeting of world leaders - the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
President Obama's weekend trip to Colombia is being rocked by the disclosure that up to a dozen Secret Service agents there have been relieved of their duties amid allegations of misconduct with prostitutes.
Southern Command's chief, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, recently briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee on the growing threat of Iranian-backed terror networks in South America. His insight contradicts Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's most recent national threat assessment, which failed to mention anything about Iranian proxies.
These Iranian-designed, Venezuelan-built drones were reported on earlier this year by the head of U.S. Southern Command, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, who stated that they were of "fairly limited capacity" and most likely were to be used for "internal defense."
Gen. Fraser is right, but a Spanish media outlet recently reported that the drones could be a cover for a more threatening program in Venezuela, one that involves missile engineers and front companies that are part of Iran's missile and weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) programs.