Perhaps its an overstatement to say that Bush and his immediate team would countenance the violent demise of Hugo Chaivez (although in April 2002 they sanctioned an attempted coup against the Venezuelan leader which could easily have ended with his death.) For many months now, the Venezuelan president has claimed that the White House has targeted him for assassination. In March, the State Department retorted that Chaivezs spate of accusations regarding a CIA plot to assassinate him were wild. However, serious doubts emerged over the weight of the administrations latest display of supposed indifference to Chaivezs fate when Felix Rodriguez, a former CIA operative in Central America and influential Bush-backer in South Florida, claimed in a Miami TV interview that regarding Venezuela, the administration has contingency plans. ... could be economic measures and even at some point military measures.
This is the kids' place. ... When you're in the military, you don't always get to do things you'd like to do. If we did, it would be short term because you'd have to pick up and move. It's about giving back and doing some of the things we might have wanted to do in our professional lives. It's incredibly exciting. Every day is exciting with this program.
The only question is when the peak will happen. The Chinese are preparing for a global production peak in 2012. Without contingency planning and preparation at least 10 years in advance, the U.S. will have a really bumpy ride. Oil runs our economy. Oil runs our military. Oil makes and transports the food that we eat.