From General Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. Southern Command:
"I do not see any conventional military threat to the United States from the region," General Douglas Fraser told a conference organized by the University of Miami. "So my concerns then become... very non-traditional.
Good for him. This should be obvious, but we hear far too many voices claiming Cuba, Venezuela, et al are security threats. And what about all the Iran paranoia?
Fraser noted that Iran had almost doubled the number of embassies in the region in the past five years, established cultural centers in 17 countries, and is supporting anti-US efforts in the area."
But, he said, "from a security standpoint, I have not seen a significant connection. My primary concern remains their historic relationship with Hezbollah."
The more we repeat this, the better. Let's stop obsessing with Hugo Chávez, Iran, etc. and focus on real threats, which revolve around drug trafficking and gangs. I am still dubious about the Hezbollah threat, but it is far preferable to call it a "concern" rather than a "threat."