REPEAT OF 1962? – AT 11:55 P.M. ET: Having experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis at the CIA, Langley, ion 1962, I have little enthusiasm for a repeat. But we may get one. A German newspaper is running a disturbing report:
BERLIN – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Friday edition.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally.
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. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project and, the total cost is expected to amount to “dozens of millions” of dollars, Die Welt wrote.
COMMENT: The major worry, of course, is that these bases will actually be Iranian, just as the missiles put in Cuba in 1962 were Soviet missiles.
While there does not appear to be any immediate threat to the U.S., a significant threat can develop, especially if the Iranians perfect the technique of putting nuclear warheads on missiles. We might then have another Cuban Missile Crisis. And if we make the decision to take out those missiles, we may well kill Iranians, with all that implies.
Not quite as neat a world as Mr. Obama promised. And, by the way, has anyone in the White House noticed that the administration's "outreach" to Islam has been a complete bust?