January 10th, 2012
03:23 AM ET

Nicaragua next stop in Ahmadinejad's Latin America tour

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heads to Nicaragua on Tuesday, the second stop of his five-day tour of Latin American countries.

There, he will attend the inauguration of President Daniel Ortega, who cruised to a third term in November amidst allegations of voter irregularities.

Accompanying Ahmadinejad will be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, with whom he met Monday to pledge closer cooperation between their two nations.

Venezuela was the first stop in Ahmadinejad's tour, which was not altogether coincidental.

Despite their cultural differences, Venezuela and Iran have found significant common ground: Both are among the world's top crude oil exporters, and their leaders are strong allies united by a fierce opposition to what they describe as U.S. imperialism.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Oh thats a combination of trouble. Oil barons to discussing our oil futures. Pres. A-h*le, do I have your military might with me against the west (strait of Hormuz)? Chav*$$: why of course, lets go to Orteg*$$ and ask him if he will put the bite on the Americans. I think we need to put the bite on oil dependancy and go energy dependent on some other kind of energy. We don't need your stinkin' oil. No dirty oil from Canada either. Let china deal with the A-H*les.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Saoirse

    @Scottish Mama: I agree. There are many better ways to produce energy besides oil. We should be working to phase out oil use.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mapman

    It is easy to say we should use other forms of energy. Think about how much you spend on energy directly between electricity, gas, heating oil, etc. Then about how much of the cost of everyday things is built in energy cost. Now double that. Can you afford alternative energy. One of the best sources of alternative energy is nuclear, but the same people calling for alternative energy refuse to consider nuclear. If there was a simple answer, the problem would already be solved.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    @Mapman- I also do not like nuclear energy, it is a terrorist dream. If we get a new source sun, wind, water, an thermal we can do away with gas and heating oils. Maybe the oils we could be a source then for ourselves. Cars on hydro and electric would help conserve what we have. I rather pay for the alternative than to the mideast. Our money going to our demise is unacceptable. You must work for the Carlyle Group. I also do not see a need to send our boys over to die for oil.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. roadwarrior

    yea lets do away with oil oil is used for everything from plastic to medicine not just for fuel wind power and solar power is a long way off the world runs on oil weather you like it or not if obama wouldnt slap all those reg on everything we could drill our own reserves next time u metion wind or solar just remember how well obamas solar plant did

    January 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Prince

    President Ahmadinejad and his Latin allies may feel as though America is spreading "U.S. Imperialism throughout the world, I object to this notion and offer that American is promoting "prevention" against nations that promote a global threat. Venezuela and other Latin American countries may not be a threat militarily to the United States; however they may be a threat in the realm of economy of oil and other natural resources. According to the UN council, President Ahmadinejad's agenda is to further develop the Iranian nuclear program. I also add that he is exercising a form of diplomacy to create stronger alliances throughout Latin America to spread a form of Iranian Anti "U.S.-Imperialism" to persuade and influence those natural resources.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Defence Secy Leon Panetta said on a CBS morning interview day befiore that Iran is not trying to develop nuclear weapons.

    The Israeli Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo said on Dec.29th, as reported by Israeli news Haa'retz " we are doing everything to foil Iran's nuclear programme but even if they develop Nuclear weapons they will be no existentialist threat to Israel".

    The ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan has been repeatedly warning Tel Aviv & Washington about overblowing Iranian threat.

    So why are the Evangelical & Zionist extremists sponsored by the far-Right Wing Likud party and their supporters in Congress and our politicos pushing our country into a war with Iran?
    A third war that could prove disastrous for American interests & one which we can ill afford?

    January 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Saoirse

    @roadwarrior: Yes, the world runs on oil. That's the problem. We should be utilizing the alternate methods that we already have while working to discover even more non-oil processes. They could be cheaper and better for the environment.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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