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10/18/08

You're unlikely to hear about the F-16 fighters Holland is selling to LatAm....

......because Venezuela isn't buying them.

Chilean newspaper 'La Tercera' reports that Chile wants to add 16 F-16s for 2009 delivery to the 28 it already possesses. But don't worry, because these new fighters are just to replace the F-5 planes currently in its fleet. Y'know, just like all the recent arms puchases made by some dude named Chávez, but don't let that confuse you.

There will be no talk of arms races in the Miami Herald. There will be no analysis of the social programs that could have been funded with the money spent on the jets by the Cato Institute. Oh, the advantages in having a country not named "Venezuela" are manifold, are they not?