US Plans Trading US Equipment for Russian Equipment in Latin America to Send to Ukraine

Bribing bullies

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela all have Russian weapons. Three of those nations are adversaries of the United States: Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua. SOUTHCOM commander, General Laura Richardson told the Atlantic Council on January 19 that the US plans to give these nations American weapons if they will donate their Russian ones to Ukraine. It’s a bribe, plain and simple. And bribes never work, especially when there’s an ulterior motive.

“If I talk to my number two, um, adversary in the region, Russia, I mean I’ve got of course the countries Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with Russia relationships. What I really look, and six other countries by the way, so a total of nine that have Russian equipment in them and we’re working to replace that Russian equipment with United States equipment if those countries want to donate it to Ukraine or the cause that’s happening and be able to replace that with U.S. equipment.”  SOUTHCOM Commander General Laura Richardson

Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba all have close ties to Russia. Many of the Latin American countries the General mentioned have important resources the US wants – oil, gold, copper, lithium, etc. In effect, the bribe has nothing to do with Ukraine, it has to do with resources.

On Thursday, Gen. Laura Richardson, the head of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), acknowledged that Washington has asked several Latin American countries to donate military equipment purchased from Russia to Ukraine.

“Speaking to the Atlantic Council, a think tank backed by NATO and funded by the U.S. weapons industry, Richardson stated that a total of nine Latin American countries have Russian equipment,” outlet RT reported…

“We have a lot at stake. This region matters. It has a lot to do with national security. We need to step up our game,” SOUTHCOM Gen. Richardson said referring to Latin America.

On Friday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia questioned US attempts to urge Latin American countries to hand over available Russian-origin weaponry to Ukraine in exchange for the delivery of US equipment. WLT

Deal of the century, or really stupid move?

The Nations that receive Russian military equipment have agreements with the Kremlin. Would they risk a confrontation with Russia in order to donate weapons to Ukraine? Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela are particularly doubtful in this endeavor. The others may be equally hesitant.

What this sounds like is attempting to bribe a bully from beating you up by giving them your lunch money in exchange. Let’s arm some of our adversaries in hopes they won’t use our own equipment to harm us???  These statements by General Richardson seem to be stating the “quiet part out loud.” The CIA has been active in Latin America for decades in attempts to manipulate the governments. It hasn’t been particularly effective, since Russian and Chinese influence in the region has grown exponentially. Resources are the issue, not weapons for Ukraine.

Nice try, though.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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