No definitely not.Do you see a war as likely?
You're totally correct. They have every right to buy whatever they want.Once again, looking from an unbiased perspective, what exactly is wrong with this? Just because they aren't buying from us doesn't mean they're wrong.
Our allies buy equipment from us. What's wrong with Venezuela buying equipment from their allies?
first off, the most important point has yet to be made....No definitely not.
You're totally correct. They have every right to buy whatever they want.
The less-than-chummy feeling that some Americans feel toward Hugo is rooted in his open hostility toward the US.
It's more humorous than anything. It's Hugo's thought that he can actually make himself into a world power player simply by having big oil reserves and a bigger mouth that is ludicrous.
How that plays into this discussion is his belief that simply by buying Flankers and trainers that he will suddenly have a world-class air force. Well, guess what Hugo -- You've gotta know how to use 'em in addition to having them. Ethiopia and Angola have Flankers, too, and that doesn't make them a world-class air force. Even more important is that support structure that the airplanes fly in -- integration with other sensor and support aircraft -- which Venezuela does not have.
The only really pay attention is because Venezuela is in the same hemisphere as the US. Still not close enough to fly Flankers to our shores, but a lot closer than Africa.
I don't have any particular feelings about Venezuela, other than it might be a pretty interesting place to visit on vacation. I don't really like Chavez, though. Probably very similar to how some people feel about the United States!