Chavez, interviewed on ABC’s “Nightline,” said the plan is called “Balboa” and involves aircraft carriers and planes. A transcript of the interview was made available by “Nightline.”
He said U.S. soldiers recently went to Curacao, an island off Venezuela’s northwest coast. He described as a “lie” the official U.S. explanation that they visited Curacao for rest and recreation. “They were doing movements. They were doing maneuvers,” Chavez said, speaking through a translator.
He added: “We are coming up with the counter-Balboa plan. That is to say if the government of the United States attempts to commit the foolhardy enterprise of attacking us, it would be embarked on a 100-year war. We are prepared.”