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
Chavez Warns of US Attack
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, in Caracas, Thursday, June 21, 2007. The new bridge was built after an earlier bridge was closed in...   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more Hugo Chavez stories.)

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