‘Axis of Evil’ – China, Russia & Iran Preparing for War in America’s Backyard – Latin America

Chinese President Xi Jingping and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet. / Photo by Kremlin.ru

Venezuela’s illegitimate radical socialist leader Nicolás Maduro is planning to host the three new ‘Axis of Evil’ regimes in war games known as the ‘Sniper Frontier’ competition this August. This is according to a report by the Center for a Secure Free Society.

Not only that but the terrible trio will be joined by ten other nations who will “preposition forward-deployed military assets in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The report notes that these regimes from across the globe are uniting and “getting ready to make a loud statement that the region is ready to embrace the multipolar force.”

The Washington Free Beacon explains a significant reason for this latest move:

“Russia and its allies Iran and China are about to make a major show of force with the army games competition in August in Venezuela. But it’s important to understand that this force is molded by cyber-enabled, digital disinformation that is at the heart of how this kind of joint military exercise is used to legitimize authoritarian states and delegitimize democracies in the Western Hemisphere,” Joseph Humire, a national security analyst and executive director of the think tank, told the Washington Free Beacon. “By normalizing military movements of U.S. adversaries in the Caribbean, we run the risk of weakening the moral legitimacy of democracies in Latin America.”

The Free Beacon adds that this is only the latest in a worrying trend highlighting Latin America as a major target for America’s enemies:

There are also signs that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country’s paramilitary fighting force, is boosting its presence in Latin America.

In early June, a Venezuela cargo plane flying in the region “was discovered to have members of the Qods Force, the elite unit of Iran’s revolutionary guards, on board,” according to the think-tank report. “Gholamreza Ghasemi, a known weapons trafficker for the IRGC and manager of Qeshm Fars Air, was piloting the Boeing 747-300M that returned to Buenos Aires along with 4 other Iranian nationals and 14 Venezuelans.”

After the plane was grounded, “documents, personnel effects, and electronics were seized by Argentine authorities who discovered images of tanks, missiles, and other pro-IRGC paraphernalia on one of the mobile devices,” hinting at a larger Iranian-backed plot unfolding in the region.

And harking back to the Cold War, add Nicaragua under the same despot communist Daniel Ortega, as a new base for America’s enemies, especially Russia, in Central America. The Free Beacon reports:

As Iran and Venezuela increase their military and economic ties, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega—an ally of Venezuela’s Maduro—renewed a military pact with Russia “authorizing Russian troops, planes, and ships to patrol the Central American country’s borders and conduct joint military training exercises,” according to the report. The military agreement was signed amid Russia’s war with Ukraine, indicating that a presence in Latin America remains a priority for Moscow even as it faces pressure on its own borders.

Add to this the ongoing leftist wave hitting Latin American countries such as Mexico, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. Latin America appears to be becoming a major strategic new battleground for the United States and democracy. ADN


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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MNIce
1 month ago

Is it time to revive the Monroe Doctrine? It’s bad enough to have thugs running loose on the other side of town; it’s a real hazard to have them moving into the neighborhood. I have sympathies for the isolationists who say we shouldn’t meddle in the conflicts of every other nation, but it’s dangerously unreasonable to ignore our enemies setting up shop this close to our shores.


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