Duncan Hunter: Fear Iran, Venezuela

Duncan Hunter is warning about the threats posed by Iran and Venezuela, according to two separate UPI reports.

“As a regional neighbor of the United States, Venezuela is increasingly threatening stability in the Western Hemisphere. The country’s leadership is determined to move the country away from democracy and toward socialism; maintains close relations with Cuba and Iran and continues to decrease its cooperation in ant-drug and anti-terrorism efforts,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said in a statement Wednesday. Hunter is the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee and a conservative candidate for the GOP’s 2008 presidential nomination.


“Iran continues to take steps to counter U.S. influences in the region by supporting international terrorism and expanding its nuclear program and ballistic arsenal,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.

“It is these actions that disrupt regional stability and require the United States to ensure it is postured to deter and defeat any aggression against U.S. interests,” Hunter said.

If Hunter has any suggestion as to what to do about these things, the reports don’t say.

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  1. Tano says:

    Its not about solutions, its about the fear.

    Its the GOP’s best, perhaps only hope.
    Worked well so far….