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| 7/23/2009 12:00:00 AM

Venezuelan Lawmaker: US Troops In Colombia Is Play For Our Oil

Jul 23--A senior Venezuelan lawmaker says a U.S. plan to bulk up its military presence in Colombia - ostensibly to fight drug trafficking - is actually aimed at inching the U.S. closer to Venezuela's mighty oil reserves.

Angel Rodriguez, head of the congressional energy commission, likened the situation to the U.S. "empire's" decision to invade Iraq on the argument Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

"After it was revealed that there weren't these types of weapons, it became clear...the objective was to control the crude oil market," Rodriguez said Thursday in a press release. He added: "Nothing's going to keep the U.S. government from using its military troops and equipment in Colombia for operations across the border."
 
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