Chavez Warns of US Attack

Orders Venezuelan army to prepare for guerrilla resistance
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2007 4:48 AM CDT
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gestures to supporters as he arrives in a helicopter to inaugurate a new bridge that links the country's capital city with its main international airport and seaport,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Truculent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered troops to be prepared for a US invasion, the Guardian reports. America is intent on toppling his government in any way it can, Chavez warned in a speech to soldiers. "It's not just armed warfare; I'm also referring to psychological warfare, political warfare, economic warfare," he said.

Chavez, who once called President Bush the devil in a UN speech, recently spent $3 billion on Russian arms and is negotiating for a missile system. "If somebody comes here, well then, sshh," he said, imitating the sound of a missile. US officials have said there are no plans to attack the oil-rich nation.