miércoles, abril 06, 2005
Rumsfeld: "I don't have any evidence"
In an exclusive interview with The Herald, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld criticized Spain's sale of weapons to Venezuela, the toughest comments yet from the Bush administration about the sale.
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Rumsfeld also reiterated his concerns over Russia's sale of 100,000 Kalashnikov-style assault rifles to Venezuela -- a sale far larger than the one by Spain. Rumsfeld said, ``You have to ask the question, what are they going to do with them?''
U.S. officials, noting that the Venezuelan army has only 35,000 troops, say the purchases could help Marxist guerrillas in neighboring Colombia, or other violent groups in the hemisphere.
Asked whether there is any evidence that Chávez may turn over these rifles to Colombian rebel groups, Rumsfeld said, "I don't have any evidence."
Not that it seems to matter. Evidence, psssh, who needs it? Certainly not the Miami Herald.