German paper: Iran is building rocket launch bases in Venezuela

posted at 9:43 pm on May 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via the Astute Bloggers, by “rockets,” they don’t really mean rockets. They mean rocket-rockets.

Iran is building intermediate-range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”

The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations.

The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned…

According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.

Iran already has two intermediate-range missiles, the Shahab-3 and Shahab-4, with ranges of roughly 750 and 1,250 miles, respectively. They’ve been rumored for years to be working on the Shahab-5, supposedly based on North Korea’s long-range missile; that one, allegedly, will have a range of 2,500 miles. Just hours ago, a classified report to the UN Security Council claimed that Iran and North Korea are sharing ballistic missile technology. To put all that in perspective, the distance from Venezuela to Florida is not quite 1,500 miles. So, yeah, if this news report is correct, this is a Biden-esque big effing deal. Is it correct, though? “Western security insiders” is about as vague a description as you can get sourcing-wise, but Die Welt is, as far as I know, a credible German paper. Could be that this is just a rumor being spread now to focus public attention on the UNSC report, but there’s nothing unusual about Iran and Venezuela cooperating. Iranian media has been touting deepening ties with Caracas lately, in fact, and Chavez has spent five years burnishing his anti-American credentials via chummy photos ops with Ahmadinejad. That doesn’t mean he’d do something as provocative as hosting Iranian missiles, even if it would place him squarely in the footsteps of his idol Fidel, but it’s … interesting. And in fact, this isn’t the first time Die Welt has reported on this story. Its first article about the alleged missile base appeared in November. Hmmmm.

I don’t think Chavez would ever do something as nutty as fire a missile at the U.S. in retaliation for an attack on Iran. The aftermath would be “Bambi Meets Godzilla II.” But no doubt he’d love to have the missiles regardless, partly as an insurance policy against the U.S. ever taking the Qaddafi approach against him and partly to extort his neighbors in South America, namely Colombia. Meanwhile, for Iran, it’d be a sensational example of defying the White House by daring Obama to enforce the Monroe Doctrine. Both Ahmadinejad and Chavez relish challenging western (read: American) hegemony; the Monroe Doctrine is the ultimate example. Whether Ahmadinejad still matters in Iran or whether he’s, um, “under a spell” right now doesn’t much matter. I’m sure Khamenei’s plenty defiant in his own right.

A little video “atmospherics” for you as you contemplate. Hurry, Lockheed Martin, you’re our only hope!


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thanks ap :-)

reliapundit on May 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Time for a gutsy call.

artist on May 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Mr. Monroe, please raise your doctrine from the dead.

SouthernGent on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Oh, good. We’re going into Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0 with John F. Kennedy’s far-left cousin in the White House.

amerpundit on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Don’t these guys know Obama killed bin Laden?

catmman on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I feel just a little bit sick reading about this.

JohnGalt23 on May 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Does Big Zero have another “gutsy call” in him?

Checking the ‘ol Magic 8 Ball…“All Signs Point to No…”

Uh-oh…

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

The next Pro-American President will have their work cut out for them.

DeathB4Tyranny on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Don’t these guys know Obama killed bin Laden?

catmman on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Heh.

tetriskid on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

The only thing that would surprise me about this is if Obama is not funding it.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

To Chavez & Dinner Jacket:

Make my day.

Purple Fury on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Chavez has a death wish?

Good for him.

profitsbeard on May 16, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Sure, they may not have anything to reach the US – yet. But as you point out, the real problem is now Hugo (who gave BHO a wonderful book btw) can Lord over the entirety of South and Central America.

Then in a few years, when the islamists (or the Chicoms for that matter – anyone think once the bases are built, he won’;t dump the Iranians for a better equipped partner militarily in China?)) figure out the long-range stuff, Hugo will be a real player.

catmman on May 16, 2011 at 9:53 PM

WTF? By the time we get rid of jug-ears this freakin’ country is going to be surrounded.

predator on May 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Should we commence girding?

darwin-t on May 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM

insert obama pic with Chavez

jp on May 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Hey Obowma…

… are you going to sit in the corner for this one, too?

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM

The next Pro-American President will have their work cut out for them.

DeathB4Tyranny on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Isn’t part of Teh Ones and the Left’s philosophy/ideology that everyone be equal?

This is simply the ‘re-distribution’ of influence on the world stage, right?

Ot am I just being to cynical?

catmman on May 16, 2011 at 9:56 PM

I feel just a little bit sick reading about this.

JohnGalt23 on May 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

As do I. I continue to pray that we make it out of his first and only term alive.

Bee on May 16, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Obama’s “smart diplomacy” strikes again! Gee, who could have predicted this…………………Oh yea, many of us did, including me May 8, 2008 when I wrote:

Obama’s Role Model — Diplomacy That Nearly Destroyed The World!
DKK

LifeTrek on May 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Should we commence girding?

darwin-t on May 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM

immediately

predator on May 16, 2011 at 9:59 PM

he only thing that would surprise me about this is if Obama is not funding it.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Oh it is sad I laughed.

sammypants on May 16, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Despite the fact that we’re scraping rock-bottom as far as national morale goes, I’d still like to think that we have the capability to wipe out this base in less than 30 minutes. When it comes to our ability to completely destroy something if we set our minds to it, I’m still an optimist.

joejm65 on May 16, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Well…

… at least the borders are secure.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Can someone please tell me why this kind of anti-Americanism is still going on? Do they NOT know who’s in the White House?

BKeyser on May 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Brazil and Mexico should take the lead on this…

equanimous on May 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Cuban Missile Crisis Redux… and for the same reason as the first one, which is a young president coming off as weak and naive.

Somehow, I don’t think Barry has the same set that JFK had in staring down Castro and Kruschev.

teke184 on May 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Pre-Emptive strike on Venezula!

jp on May 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Can someone please tell me why this kind of anti-Americanism is still going on? Do they NOT know who’s in the White House?

BKeyser on May 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM

That was his plan all along, no cowboy stuff from this one.

darwin-t on May 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Trust me, we’re all over this. We know EXACTLY how Iran’s missiles work (and don’t).

Trivial work for Aegis BMD. It’s built for stuff like this.

JeffWeimer on May 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Strategic Defence Initiative.

Lets set up some anti-missile missiles in Biloxi, Mississippi, and send Hugo some pictues of them. Let him know that he can’t hurt us, but he sure can piss us off.

“Do you feel lucky, punk?”

iurockhead on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Hugo Chavez has finally crossed the line. And he’ll back down if we apply enough pressure, just like he did after he spontaneously ordered troops to the border with Colombia on his weekly Sunday variety show. (No, I’m not kidding, Chavez has a weekly variety show called ‘Alo Presidente’ in which he rants about politics, sings ballads, and reads poetry to the nation)

Lawdawg86 on May 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Can someone please tell me why this kind of anti-Americanism is still going on? Do they NOT know who’s in the White House?

BKeyser on May 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Can you say Carter? Good, I knew you could.

He won’t push back forcefully; he AGREES with their philosophy.

JeffWeimer on May 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Should we commence girding?

darwin-t on May 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM

immediately

predator on May 16, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Amen!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2011 at 10:09 PM

0bama’s probably practicing saying “Venezueler”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 16, 2011 at 10:10 PM

0bama’s probably practicing saying “Venezueler”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 16, 2011 at 10:10 PM

*SNORT*
*CHORTLE*
*SNORT*

darwin-t on May 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM

0bama’s probably practicing saying “Venezueler”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 16, 2011 at 10:10 PM

He’s practicing how to say it in “Venezuelan.”

predator on May 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Old familiar feelings crept over me as I read this.
THEN to scroll and see JFK onscreen, just made me throw up a little in my mouth.
Good Lord have mercy !
Sure do trust Lockheed more than I do this WH.

pambi on May 16, 2011 at 10:13 PM

BOOM!

Philly on May 16, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Eek. Posted more over at the Green Room, although I hadn’t seen this first.

I’m not sure Die Welt cottoned to the fact that the Iranians are apparently planning underground silo launchers for the facility on Paraguana.

At any rate, the Die Welt article says the Iranians will have authority to launch against their enemies from Venezuela.

Interesting times.

J.E. Dyer on May 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I don’t think Chavez would ever do something as nutty as fire a missile at the U.S. in retaliation for an attack on Iran.

Promise?

cynccook on May 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Nobama probably thinks we mean “vuvuzela” and wonders what the fuss is about.

Philly on May 16, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I feel just a little bit sick reading about this.

JohnGalt23 on May 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

MK Hammer needs to update her Billy Joel “We didn’t start the fire” parody. Include:

Missiles in Venezuela
$15 trillion debt
1 in 7 on food stamps
aging population
Muslim hate towards Israel
Pakistan’s growing nuke arsenal
Unsustainable entitlements and pensions
World leaving dollar as reserve currency

Paul-Cincy on May 16, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Strategic Defence Initiative.

Lets set up some anti-missile missiles in Biloxi, Mississippi, and send Hugo some pictues of them. Let him know that he can’t hurt us, but he sure can piss us off.

“Do you feel lucky, punk?”

iurockhead on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM

How about photos of Caracas taken through the perspective of the PMP of a Virginia class sub?

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Bombs away!

WisCon on May 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I don’t think Chavez would ever do something as nutty as fire a missile at the U.S. in retaliation for an attack on Iran. The aftermath would be “Bambi Meets Godzilla II.”

No? I’m not sure of the prudence of assuming rational thought from Amahdinejad or Chavez – two irrational people.

SlaveDog on May 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Does Big Zero have another “gutsy call” in him?

Checking the ‘ol Magic 8 Ball…“All Signs Point to No…”

Uh-oh…

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

The Magic 8 Ball is black. You, Sir (or Ma’am) are a RACIST!!!

My Sponge Bob 8 Ball sez “Tarter Sauce!”

Wait. What? Yellow is RACIST too!? Dang!

stvnscott on May 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM

An EMP attack from Venezuela, using Iranian missiles, would make for a very bad day in the USA.

mydh12 on May 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I hope the Iranians are giving Chavez their Photoshop technology, too, otherwise he’s got nothin’.

Dusty on May 16, 2011 at 10:26 PM

So now old Acmehandjob is “under a spell”.

If these morons weren’t dangerous it would be impossible to take them seriously.

novaculus on May 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Those missiles have to go, and Ooooogo can go with them. We might as well multitask while we are making the effort. Nobama can just say NATO did it.

Philly on May 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM

We don’t meddle in the affairs of other countries. How many times must we be reminded of that? This is an internal matter, none of our business and, besides, Valerie Jarrett is half Iranian.

a capella on May 16, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Girded. And very uncomfortable down there.

Bishop on May 16, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Okay, what will this do to the price of oil?

madmonkphotog on May 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM

The Magic 8 Ball is black. You, Sir (or Ma’am) are a RACIST!!!

My Sponge Bob 8 Ball sez “Tarter Sauce!”

Wait. What? Yellow is RACIST too!? Dang!

stvnscott on May 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM

SWEET MERCIFUL CRAP! YOU’RE RIGHT!

Don’t look at me…I’m HIDEOUS!

lolz…

SuperCool on May 16, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Oh, good. We’re going into Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0 with John F. Kennedy’s far-left cousin in the White House.

amerpundit on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM

In other news, the bomb shelter business is booming again.

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Strong horse, weak horse.

Damn, I miss Dubya.

Bruno Strozek on May 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Another job for ST6…

d1carter on May 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Another job for ST6…

d1carter on May 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM

I swear I just thought the same thing a second ago.

cynccook on May 16, 2011 at 10:47 PM

In my world,thats a threat to the USA,its an
Act Of War,and they need to be talken out,ASAP!!

A Clear and Present Danger!!!!

canopfor on May 16, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Another job for ST6…

d1carter on May 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM

d1carter:Le Bingo,and EXPEDITE!:)

canopfor on May 16, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Lets set up some anti-missile missiles in Biloxi, Mississippi, and send Hugo some pictues of them. Let him know that he can’t hurt us, but he sure can piss us off.

“Do you feel lucky, punk?”

iurockhead on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Put Patriots in Aruba, THAAD in GITMO, and keep an AEGIS BMD cruiser near Key West.

Thats called “check”. Your move.

BobMbx on May 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM

This is an overt threat against the US. Paraguaná is the north most point in the country. The intent is to threaten America. If we had a president that new as much about foreign affairs as much as he knows about golf, he’d park a couple of SSBNs of the coast to get their attention.

If we don’t do something about this now the Iranians and Chinese will turn South America into their playground. It’ll be all fun and games until foreign bases end up in Mexico.

ReaganWasRight on May 16, 2011 at 10:54 PM

**new = knew

ReaganWasRight on May 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM

In other news, the bomb shelter business is booming again.

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM

AT LAST !
Shovel-ready jobs !!!

pambi on May 16, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Can’t wait till El Presidente gets on TV and scolds them for being naughty, I’m sure THAT will make cower in the corner.

nwpammy on May 16, 2011 at 11:02 PM

make THEM cower in the corner. Sorry, happy fingers.

nwpammy on May 16, 2011 at 11:04 PM

“I mean think about it, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”

Left Coast Right Mind on May 16, 2011 at 11:12 PM

An EMP attack from Venezuela, using Iranian missiles, would make for a very bad day in the USA.
mydh12 on May 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM

If EMP takes out Windows Vista , it’s worth it.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM

I don’t think Chavez would ever do something as nutty as fire a missile at the U.S. in retaliation for an attack on Iran. The aftermath would be “Bambi Meets Godzilla II.”

Don’t be so silly. With Obama as CIC it would more likely be Bear Summit II.

HalJordan on May 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Beer Summit II.

HalJordan on May 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Whatever position Obama takes on this, Gingrich will be for it and call Republicans who aren’t, radicals.

HalJordan on May 16, 2011 at 11:25 PM

They would not dare do this if Ronald Reagan were president.

Chavez considers Obama his hermano.

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if Iran has half its nuclear program in Venezuela (and the other half in North Korea).

crosspatch on May 16, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Instead of bombing Libya, invading Iraq, and rebuilding Afghanistan in order to “spread democracy,” this is the type of crap we should be focusing on. Any weapons buildup in the western hemisphere goes against the Monroe Doctrine and threatens America. This actually is in our vital interest. The problem is our troops and military focus are spread too thin to devote the attention something like this needs.

Nelsen on May 17, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Sternly worded memo heading south in 3….2….1!

GarandFan on May 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM

The Obama legacy begins to take shape. Carter brought it to the Red Zone and Obama takes it in.

davo on May 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Nothing a Minuteman III couldn’t turn to slag in about 45 minutes and they wouldn’t know what hit them.

I have a feeling a few of our fast attacks are quietly “treading water” off the coast of this peninsula waiting for a few SEALS to come back from the jungle with their observations.

Note to DinnerJacket and Chavez: See what the SEALS did to Osama. You two are much easier to find. Obama is a one-termer. Do the math……

Bubba Redneck on May 17, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Venezuela is not even remotely capable of being a threat to Europe unless they acquire ICBM’s… so Europe isn’t going to do a damn thing about Venezuela becoming Iran’s missile depot. It’s all up to us now. Again.

Good thing we have President Barack Hussein Obama to make sure Venezuela doesn’t deploy Iran’s USA reachable tactical nuke missiles for the next 5.5 years.

FlatFoot on May 17, 2011 at 1:07 AM

ST6 and Minutemen are both great ideas, but for the kind of facility described, how about a tap on the door with a few Tomahawks?

pldew on May 17, 2011 at 1:19 AM

You knooooooowwwwwww…

If the United States were completely energy independent by drilling and harvesting the trillions of cubic oil and natural gas that we have…

… we would have surplus to sell to the rest of the world, and in turn, might set the market price.

Then, countries like Iran and Venezuela would have to match our price and concentrate their reduced revenues and status to cleaning sand and gravel to eat, let alone building missile bases to launch against us…

… But we can’t have THAT now, can we?

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Venezuela is not even remotely capable of being a threat to Europe unless they acquire ICBM’s… so Europe isn’t going to do a damn thing about Venezuela becoming Iran’s missile depot. It’s all up to us now. Again.

FlatFoot on May 17, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Are you saying what I think you are saying? We should act unilaterally? As we all know from the BOOOSH years, unilateral is a naughty word. It will make the Euroweenies hate us, which embarrasses Susan Sarandon when she is on the continent filming her magnificent cinematic opuses.

We must build coalitions [in order to be called a coalition by the MSM it must include France] and get the permission of tyrannical regimes at the United Nations.

But don’t fret, Barry will wait until it’s a full blown crisis to apply a little PBHO SmartPower™ Ointment and this rash will disappear in days not weeks. /s

DeathB4Tyranny on May 17, 2011 at 2:52 AM

With two targets this far apart, the only difficulty is timing the attacks.

Slowburn on May 17, 2011 at 3:37 AM

This is not good on any level. Obama doesn’t have the obamas to deal with it.

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on May 17, 2011 at 3:49 AM

With Øbama, about the time you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

petefrt on May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM

petefrt on May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM

ain’t that the truth….

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 7:06 AM

The USSR wanted to rule the world.

The Mullahs are happy enough to see it burn.

ajacksonian on May 17, 2011 at 7:11 AM

This is one time where Obama actually should say “Let me be perfectly clear…”

Big John on May 17, 2011 at 7:25 AM

It’s a good think Iran is only working on nukes for peaceful civilian use.

aikidoka on May 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

*thing

Darn this cold

aikidoka on May 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

LifeTrek on May 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Well-done.

Terrif. We’ve got Hezbollah at the Mexican/U.S. border; Iran with missiles in Venezuela; “protesters” surrounding Israel; a President whose base includes those who are ideologically tied to Noam Chomsky, and all we can count on from the White House is another speech reaching out to the ‘Muslim World’.

P.S. Paging Ron Paul.

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Nothing a Minuteman III couldn’t turn to slag in about 45 minutes and they wouldn’t know what hit them.

I have a feeling a few of our fast attacks are quietly “treading water” off the coast of this peninsula waiting for a few SEALS to come back from the jungle with their observations.

Note to DinnerJacket and Chavez: See what the SEALS did to Osama. You two are much easier to find. Obama is a one-termer. Do the math……

Bubba Redneck on May 17, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Then I guess the next one’s free – they promise worldwide delivery in 30 minutes.

Seriously, if there would be an attack on the launch sites, it would be conventional.

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Don’t worry.

Obama got Osama.

Now the world loves us and all problems are over becuase Bush and Cheney suck. Koch brothers.

/O-bots

Good Lt on May 17, 2011 at 8:42 AM

We’ve got Hezbollah at the Mexican/U.S. border; Iran with missiles in Venezuela; “protesters” surrounding Israel; a President whose base includes those who are ideologically tied to Noam Chomsky, and all we can count on from the White House is another speech reaching out to the ‘Muslim World’.

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Should we surrender now, or wait for instructions on our iPhones from Dear Leader?

petefrt on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

In other news, the bomb shelter business is booming again.

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Some days it really sucks living in suburbia…I can’t even dig a decent bomb shelter without being in danger of hitting the water, gas, power, or phone lines.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Mission Accomplished!

Soon, we’ll have the whole world gunning for us!

pilamaye on May 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Way to go Obama!!!!

The world really LOVES US NOW!!!

not

Roy Rogers on May 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM

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