And he's incensed, incensed I tell you, that Colombia violated the sovereignty of Ecuador by doing so.
Of course, he really has no comment on the 300 million in funding he's allegedly given the narco-terrorists who are waging a war against the Colombian government. Apparently, in Hugo-world, that isn't a violation of sovereignty nor should it be considered an explicit sign of support for those who murder, kidnap and traffic in cocaine all the name of "revolution". Remember, Hugo declared Paul Reyes, one of the FARC terrorists killed in the raid, to be a "good revolutionary".
And then there was this little bomb (no pun intended) dropped at a news conference:
Colombia says some documents suggest the rebels have bought and sold uranium.
"When they mention negotiations for 50 kilos of uranium this means that the FARC are taking big steps in the world of terrorism to become a global aggressor. We're not talking of domestic guerrilla but transnational terrorism," Gen. Oscar Naranjo said at an explosive news conference.
Of course it doesn't necessarily mean they were looking for a nuclear weapon, but it certainly could mean they were in the market for the makings of a dirty bomb.
But the master of bombast, Hugo Chavez continues to try to drown out the information the Colombians claim to have recovered during the raid:
"This could be the start of a war in South America," Chavez said.
Colombia, however, is keeping the pressure on Chavez:
But Naranjo said laptops show Venezuela's growing responsibility for the conflict.
The $300 million payment was mentioned in a Feb. 14 message in Reyes laptop, along with documents suggesting rebels discussed a possible arms transfer from Venezuela, and revealing close ties between Manuel "Sureshot" Marulanda, the top FARC leader, and Venezuela's government.
He quoted one message from Marulanda to Chavez saying "We will always be ready, in the case of gringo aggression, to provide our modest knowledge in defense of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela."
"This implies more than cozying up, but an armed alliance between the FARC and the Venezuelan government," Naranjo said.
Naranjo said other documents show deepening ties between the rebels and Correa. Ecuador acknowledged that its internal security minister, Gustavo Larrea, met with a FARC emissary but said the intent was strictly humanitarian — to seek the release of hostages held by the rebel group.
Still another document in Reyes' laptop suggests the rebels sent Chavez money when he was jailed in 1992 for leading a coup attempt, Naranjo said. At the time, he was plotting the comeback that eventually led to his election as president in 1998.
"A note recovered from Raul Reyes speaks of how grateful Chavez was for the 100 million pesos (about US$150,000 at the time) ... delivered to Chavez when he was in prison," Naranjo said, without giving any more details.
Unsurprisingly, Venezuela just happened to have a laptop of its own and, interestingly, it just happened to have some incriminating evidence about Naranjo:
Venezuelan late Monday countered by displaying its own seized laptop in Caracas, saying it holds incriminating information tying Naranjo to drug traffickers.
Venezuelan Justice Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin said this laptop, belonging to Colombian drug lord Wilber Varela, who was found slain in Venezuela in January, held "important information and notes from the drug traffickers which involve General Oscar Naranjo in drug trafficking."
Rodriguez, who is Chavez's top law enforcement official, said both Naranjo and his brother, who is imprisoned in Germany on drug charges, have links to traffickers.
While all that may be true, that's not much of a denial concerning the 300 mil, is it? But when you can't deny the facts, attack whomever is providing those facts, eh?
Oh, and this, pointed out by James Taranto today in the WSJ Best of the Web - AP's description of FARC in the linked article:
The rebels, who have been fighting for more than four decades for a more equitable distribution of wealth in Colombia, fund themselves largely through the cocaine trade, while holding hundreds of kidnapped hostages for ransom and political ends. The drug trafficking and kidnappings haven't helped their reputation, which is why both [Ecuador's President Rafael] Correa and [Venezuela's President Hugo] Chavez have denied supporting them.
Rebels? Bad rep because of "drug trafficing and kidnappings? And that's why Hugo and Correa have taken pity on them and want to help out?
Of course they forgot to mention this:
• In February , the FARC killed eight town councilmen in Rivera, Huila;
• In April, Liliana Gaviria, sister of former-President Cesar Gaviria, was killed by the FARC;
• In October, the FARC launched car bomb attacks in Bogotá, Villavicencio, and Fusagasuga,
• In November, the FARC attacked rural National Police post in Tierradientro, killing 17 police officers;
• In December, the FARC ambushed the military in Ocana, North Santander, killing 17 soldiers; and
• In December, the FARC killed 15 soldiers near La Julia (Meta).
Sweet, sweet misunderstood FARC - clearly only interested in a more equitable wealth distribution. Maybe they ought to start handing out that 300 mil if that's their real concern.
And adding to the fun, apparently W has mentioned that we will stand by the Colombian government in this little kerfuffle. That ought to lead our boy Hugo to new heights of rhetorical paroxysms.
A supplement to this is that, according to one of the news channels (CNN, IIRC) President Uribe of Colombia is threatening to file charges against Chavez in the ICC for drug trafficking and other assorted crimes.
It occurred to me, after posting the above: it’s quite probably that Chavez thinks of himself as the new incarnation of Simon Bolivar and wants to revive the original Bolivarian republic of Gran Colombia—the old viceroyalty of Neuvo Granada, which comprised both Venezuela and Colombia. This in addition to reliving Bolivar’s role as the primary warrior for independence for to the entier continent of South America.