-- is a serial belligerent and world class bully;
-- spends more on militarism than the rest of the world combined at a time it has no enemies;
-- backs the world's worst dictators and faux democrats like Colombia's Alvaro Uribe, a man closely linked to the country's paramilitary death squads and drug cartels; and
-- through the CIA, has actively engaged in global drugs trafficking since the agency's 1947 founding; it profits hugely from its dealings with local traffickers; so do major US banks and other powerful business and financial interests.
In addition, Washington
-- serves the rich at the public's expense;
-- tolerates corruption at the highest levels;
-- subverts democracy through electoral fraud;
-- has a closed, corrupted dominant media system serving the powerful, not the greater good;
-- incarcerates hundreds of political prisoners;
-- uses torture as official policy; and
-- wages state-sponsored terrorism and global wars.
So consider the hypocrisy. On October 27, Rep. Connie Mack (Rep. FL) introduced HR 872: Calling for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its support of Iran, Hezbollah, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). Its sole co-sponsor was Rep. Ron Klein (Dem. FL).
Connie Mack is a notorious right-wing ideologue. In an accompanying statement he said:
"The evidence linking Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to the FARC and Hezbollah - two of the most dangerous terrorist organizations, responsible for many bombings, kidnappings, killings and drug trafficking - is overwhelming. Naming Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism will strengthen the stability of the region. The Administration must not turn a blind eye to Chavez's dangerous aggression and must add Venezuela to the state sponsors of terrorism with delay."