Smelling the Cafecito

The Miami Herald reports on the annual intelligence assessment which actually perceives the threat of Chavez. Surprisingly they are on target on a number of fronts:
In his written statement, McConnell, speaking on behalf of 16 U.S. government intelligence agencies, painted a picture of Chávez stung by a domestic electoral defeat and a worsening economy at home but determined to “unite Latin America, under his leadership, behind an anti-U.S., radical leftist agenda and to look to Cuba as a key ideological ally.”
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The report also notes Iran’s growing ties with some nations, especially Venezuela. The two countries have signed agreements on everything from agriculture to automobiles manufacturing and have ”discussed cooperation on nuclear energy,” but the U.S. intelligence community was ”not aware of any significant developments as a result” of the talks.
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The report also addresses the widely reported — but not publicly acknowledged — differences between Raúl Castro and Chávez. The ”sidelining of Fidel Castro in favor of his brother Raúl may lead to a period of adjustment in Venezuela’s relations with Cuba,” McConnell states.
Guess we can all sleep at night now. Bye the bye, they don’t expect any political reforms in Cuba. Read it for yourself here. There’s actually some more good stuff.