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Halliburton has 21 offices in Venezuela ... time to ask further questions?

The NED is the National Endowment for Democracy, a Washington-based organization which finances what it claims to be pro-democracy movements in many countries throughout the world including Venezuela.

Now that much verifiable information (facts) have come to light from different sources, and now that the Venezuelan government is filing official complaints against the NED at the USA government level (even though the US government does not acknowledge any wrongdoing), it is perhaps time to ask further questions.

Who or what is behind the NED?

The research shows that there are several links between the US State Department, the NED, the US government and an organization called the "Project for the New American Century" (PNAC). Some people who are members of the PNAC are also "officials" at the US State Department. Some PNAC members are also part of the present US government and at least one PNAC member is at the NED.

But what exactly is the PNAC? Who are they? What are their beliefs? Their goals?

What does the PNAC have to do with Venezuela?
Commentary

Published: Thursday, April 08, 2004
Bylined to: Oscar Heck

Halliburton has 21 offices in Venezuela ... time to ask further questions?

VHeadline.com commentarist Oscar Heck writes: The US State Department, the US government and the US representative to the OAS continue to "poke fun" at Venezuelan government officials either by ignoring accusations of US unasked-for (overt and covert) intervention in Venezuela or by making disparaging statements about the Venezuelan democratically-elected government and its leaders and officials. In what appears to be a majority of cases, the US media is not far behind in its US government-supporting rhetoric which places Venezuela (under Chavez) as an imminent "threat" to US-style democracy in the Americas and discombobulates the USA's plans for continued injection of "american values" into Latin American countries (whose majority poor have little interest in acquiring or indulging in).

Since I first wrote (in October 2003) about the NED financially supporting the Venezuelan anti-Chavez, anti-democratic opposition, many more details have come into public view as to exactly how and when the NED has funded the many Venezuelan organizations that classify themselves as "democratic" even though these have been and still are involved in attempting to oust Chavez by anti-democratic and terroristic means.

The NED is the National Endowment for Democracy, a Washington-based organization which finances what it claims to be pro-democracy movements in many countries throughout the world including Venezuela.

Now that much verifiable information (facts) have come to light from different sources, and now that the Venezuelan government is filing official complaints against the NED at the USA government level (even though the US government does not acknowledge any wrongdoing), it is perhaps time to ask further questions.

Who or what is behind the NED?

Is there any other organization which could be called "the foundation" or "the inspiration" for the NED?

What is the link between the NED, the US State Department and other organizations that share similar views?

Are there any other such organizations?

If so, is there anyone from such organizations that can be directly linked to the NED, to the US State Department or to the US government itself?
Who are they?

I have done some research and here are some preliminary results. The research shows that there are several links between the US State Department, the NED, the US government and an organization called the "Project for the New American Century" (PNAC). Some people who are members of the PNAC are also "officials" at the US State Department. Some PNAC members are also part of the present US government and at least one PNAC member is at the NED.

But what exactly is the PNAC? Who are they? What are their beliefs? Their goals?

What does the PNAC have to do with Venezuela?

According to the PNAC website  http://www.newamericancentury.org/aboutpnac.htm "Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership."

This statement sounds innocuous enough. However, as one reads on one finds the following:

"And they have not fought for a defense budget that would maintain American security and advance American interests in the new century."

"We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership."

"Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?"

"Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world."

"...a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad..."

"...we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future..."

"...we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values..."

"...we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles..."


The PNAC signing members are:

Elliott Abrams
Gary Bauer
William J. Bennett
Jeb Bush
Dick Cheney (also Vice President of the USA)
Eliot A. Cohen
Midge Decter
Paula Dobriansky (also Under Secretary, Global Affairs),
Steve Forbes
Aaron Friedberg
Francis Fukuyama
Frank Gaffney
Fred C. Ikle
Donald Kagan
Zalmay Khalilzad (also Ambassador, Afghanistan),
I. Lewis Libby
Norman Podhoretz
Dan Quayle
Peter W. Rodman
Stephen P. Rosen
Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld (also US Secretary of Defense)
Vin Weber (also Chairman, NED)
George Weigel
Paul Wolfowitz (also US Deputy Secretary of Defense)

Apart from appearing lofty and arrogant, the PNAC is actively and openly promoting US world dominance ... which includes the use of military power. They wholly embrace the notion that the USA is the deserved "master of the universe" and that they must protect and promote US interests abroad ... by whatever means they deem necessary to achieve their goals.

However, the most striking thing is the fact that some of these PNAC members are also members of the US government, the US State Department and the NED ... and ... we also know the following:

1 - The NED, chaired by Vin Weber (a PNAC member) has been promoting terrorist activities in Venezuela by financing Venezuelan anti-Chavez groups who were directly involved in the April 2002 coup against democratically-elected President Chavez. These same Venezuelan groups also headed and directed the criminal sabotage of PDVSA and the 2-month employer-backed industry stoppage aimed at destroying the Venezuelan economy in an effort to un-democratically oust Chavez. There are also strong suspicions that some of these Venezuelan groups were involved in assassinations and bombings of embassies in Caracas.

2 - The US State Department, of which Paula Dobriansky and Zalmay Khalilzad (both PNAC members) are a part, has been hammering away at Venezuela by spreading the falsehood that Venezuela (under Chavez) is an un-democratic (i.e. not US-friendly) nation and that Venezuela is a threat to "democracy" in the region. The US State Department has also been negating any wrongdoing on their part or on the part of the NED with respect to financing anti-Chavez terrorists in Venezuela (when in fact they have been doing it for several years now). The US State Department also sides with and agrees with the violent anti-democratic Venezuelan opposition which has done everything possible to create chaos and instability in Venezuela.

3 - The US government, of which Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (both PNAC members) are an integral part of, have been surprisingly quiet about Venezuela. Perhaps it is because they are too busy killing "insurgents" (another word for unhappy Iraqis who want the americans out of Iraq).

Maybe it has something to do with Cheney having headed up Halliburton ... which could lead to potential conflicts of interest?

It appears that Halliburton has 21 offices in Venezuela.
Perhaps if Chavez were out of power, Halliburton could generate more profitable "beyond-scrutiny" contracts?

Nonetheless, it is clear and obvious that the US government (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice) welcomed the ousting of Chavez in April 2002. They welcomed Carmona who took charge of Venezuela in the capacity of a dictator.

After this preliminary research, I come to the potential conclusion that the PNAC is the generating force or the foundation for much of the recent momentum at the US government level with respect to "taking over the world" ... by whatever means possible ... terror tactics included.


It appears quite clear to me that the PNAC doesn't care what methods it uses to achieve its goal of global domination:

- using unilateral military force (through Rumsfeld).

- using political coercion, lies and manipulation (through Cheney).

- spreading lies and propaganda (through the US State Department).

- financing terrorists (through the NED).

There is another missing link. The CIA.

What does the PNAC have to do with the CIA?

Are there any PNAC members who are involved with the CIA?

If so, who are they and what are their roles?

What about other PNAC members? Are some of them friends of Gustavo Cisneros? Of Carlos Ortega, Carlos Fernandez or Juan Fernandez? Are any PNAC members friends with the leaders of Venezuela's corrupt Council of Bishops?

There are still many questions to answer. But why ask such questions?

The answer is simple ... so far, the USA has demonstrated no desire or will to recognized democratically-elected President Chavez as the true President of Venezuela. The USA has financially backed terrorism in Venezuela and has supported Carmona the Dictator. Furthermore, the USA, in its search for world dominance (as per the PNAC and recent US military actions and covert operations), seeks natural resources such as oil and gold. Venezuela has both ... and in very large quantities. Therefore, there is plenty of reason to suspect that the USA has its dirty fingers in Venezuela in more ways than might appear.

Perhaps researching further into the PNAC and who exactly is who and what these people are involved in will lead to new clues as to the extent of US un-asked-for intervention in Venezuela.

Maybe the timing is right for people who are interested in protecting Venezuela's autonomy to assist in doing bits of research here and there about the PNAC and how it may be linked to Venezuelan anti-democratic groups. Maybe it is time to make greater efforts at exposing the USA's subversive actions in Venezuela ... to protect Venezuela from the blood-ridden arrogant hands of the US government, their greed-stricken business cohorts and their local Venezuelan elite co-collaborators.

Note that the US apparently has over 700 military bases world-wide. According to the Monthly Review at,  http://www.monthlyreview.org/0302editr.htm ... "Through Plan Colombia --aimed principally at guerrilla forces in Colombia but also against the less than servile government of Venezuela and the massive popular movement opposing neoliberalism in Ecuador -- the United States is now in the process of expanding its base presence in the Latin American and Caribbean region."

I have heard (but have not been able to confirm yet), that the US military is establishing military bases on the Colombian side of Arauca in south-western Venezuela and somewhere in the Guajira (near the petroleum-rich area around Lake Maracaibo in north-western Venezuela).

Oscar Heck
 oscar@vheadline.com

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Chavez Democratic? 30.Oct.2004 17:25

charlie

This article suggests that the Venezuelan Chavez regime is somehow democratic. Although Chavez was voted into office democratically (as was Hitler), the situation is very far from democratic now. If you had friends who were tortured by Chavez' henchman (the Venezuelan National Guard), as I do, you would probably wake up to that fact.

And most recently, Chavez has thwarted democratic means to vote him out of power by buying voting machines from a company in Fort Lauderdale, and tampering with the software to limit the quantity of votes unfavorable to him. Of course, Carter was there to "legitimize" the referendum in the eyes of the world. (Is Carter a push-over or is he securing the oil contracts in the Plataforma Deltana? Check out  http://www.chevrontexaco.com/news/press/2004/2004-03-10.asp)

Come on guys, think.