The growing threat from Venezuela's Hugo Chavez

The Obama administration's continued indifference to the actions of the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez is dangerous on several fronts ("Hugo Chavez compares his rival to Mitt Romney," July 23).

President Barack Obama recently made the startling comment that Mr. Chavez poses no threat to U.S. national security. Yet the Venezuelan dictator has shown off Russian weaponry and Iranian drones and extended his country's hospitality to Hezbollah, which has been permitted to establish training camps on Margarita Island.

Mr. Chavez's shipments of fuel to Syria and his involvement in narcotics trafficking with the Columbian drug cartels are just some examples how dangerousVenezuela'sdictatorship really is.

Yet Obama and his administration continue to ignore this situation. Their inaction will only embolden Mr. Chavez to expand his cooperation with the enemies of the U.S. and further destabilize the region.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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