Danger Close At Hand

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It is an oppressive, oil-rich, terrorist-supporting, atomic-seeking, missile-acquiring, arms-proliferating and American-hating regime. Hint: Iran is one of this Latin American country’s few allies.

Venezuela, the culprit regime, is 5 times closer to American shores than the Persian menace and potentially far more dangerous. Yet President Barack Obama has no visible Venezuela policy to counter the growing threat.

Last year when Obama met Venezuela’s leftist leader Hugo Chavez, he smiled, shook the man’s hand then later explained that showing “courtesy” wasn’t “a sign of weakness.” But the South American pariah is modeling itself after radical regimes Iran and Cuba while Obama just smiles.

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