Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Is Obama aiding and abetting the Venezuelan Drug Trade?

From La Gringa's Blogicito:
The US Congress has sent a letter to President Obama asking for his assurances that the US government has no knowledge of drug connections of former Honduran President Mel Zelaya.

July 2, 2009
President Barack Obama
The White House

Dear President Obama:We write to seek your explicit personal assurances that U.S. intelligence or law enforcement agencies have no information implicating officials of the Honduran administration of Manuel Zelaya, including Mr. Zelaya himself, in the transit of illegal narcotics through Honduran territory or in any other ties to drug trafficking.

On June 30, the Associated Press published an accusation by a current Honduras official that Mr, Zelaya's government "allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States."

Honduran Foreign Minister Enrique Ortez is quoted saying, "Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate authorities and bring thousands of pounds ... and packages of money that are the fruit of drug trafficking.... We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it. The DEA [a US/DOJ enforcement agency] has it." [Ed. note: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne in Washington said he could neither confirm nor deny a DEA investigation. Hmmm....]

In light of your personal, public demands that Mr. Zelaya should be restored to power, we believe that you must assume personal responsibility for ensuring that our government is not aware of any information that suggests that Mr, Zelaya or his associates have been complicit in the trafficking of cocaine or any other illegal substances to the United States.We are certain that the American people would be shocked to discover that the United States government is playing or has played any role in restoring to power any official who U.S. intelligence or law enforcement agencies suspect of any ties to the deadly illicit drug trade...
For the life of me, I can't figure out why congress is so irate at Obama for lending a helping hand to one of his closest allies - Hugo Chavez...

The Canada Free Press notes: "Obama, of course, has his own past drug ties. Unlike the allegations regarding Zelaya, however, the American president was a user and not a middleman or one profiting from the distribution of cocaine..." Heh, heh......

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