Ahem.

A U.S. congresswoman called on the Bush administration Wednesday to reconsider its ban on selling parts for U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to Venezuela, urging improved ties between the two nations.

The US is still, regularly and at great volume, denounced for its role in arming Saddam Hussein, even though that role pales in comparison to the Soviet and European role in arming Saddam. Those were Soviet tanks our troops fought and ripped apart in 1991, for instance. His air force was comprised mostly of MiGs and Mirages, iirc. His chemical weapons were mostly of German origin. His nuke plant: French. And so on. If we arm Hugo Chavez and he turns out to be half as bad as he appears he’ll be, we’ll be roundly denounced for that. And, Chavez aims all of his propaganda at us. So Lee wants to help arm a guy who demonstrably wants the US destroyed. Help him keep his sleek fighters in the air against ours. Nice.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez’s December re-election with the message: “I want an immediate repairing of the relations between the United States and Venezuela.”

Well, head down to Caracas and talk to your buddy Hugo. He’s the one who’s building up citizen militias to resist the Yanqui invasion that he’s just sure is around the corner. He’s the one who’s building up relations with every nefarious anti-American character on the planet, from Castro to the agitated apocalyptic in Tehran.

Jackson Lee described Venezuela as a friendly nation that the U.S. should cooperate with and said that the F-16 jets, which are built in Texas, was an issue of concern to her constituents in Houston.

He’s every bit as friendly as Castro, which to Lee is probably pretty friendly. But check out her motivation. For all the Democrats’ talk about human rights, she’s motivated to arm a thug by the almighty greenback.

Rep. Lee has long been a fairly reprehensible character, but this is a new low. Democrats like her do everything they can to make it impossible for the US to win the wars it fights, but don’t seem to mind using the US to arm their anti-US buddies. It might be time to question someone’s patriotism.