Tuesday, March 19, 2019

US planning military action in Venezuela?

via Military Times
President Donald Trump has been talking about ordering a military operation targeting Venezuela since 2017.

At first, that was widely dismissed as a rash threat, but the idea of a U.S. effort to force “regime change” in the oil-rich South American country may be gaining momentum in Washington.

“It’s a regime that, frankly, could be toppled very quickly by the military if the military decides to do that,” Trump said in September.

In January, National Security Adviser John Bolton flashed a notebook that read “5,000 troops to Colombia."

And on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered all U.S. diplomats to leave Venezuela, saying their presence there “has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” hinting at opening potential military options.

Speculation about a military assault on Venezuela was also fueled by Trump’s recent appointment of a former George W. Bush administration official who was an architect of the Iraq War, Elliot Abrams, to be the new “Special Representative for Venezuela.”

Heightened concerns prompted the Democratic-led House Foreign Affairs Committee to meet Wednesday to debate a bill that would prohibit Trump from taking military action in Venezuela without congressional approval.

White House officials say “all options on the table,” including a military intervention or military support of allies in the region.
Story here.

The US won't invade so who will we support in the effort?  Brazil?  Colombia? I doubt either country wants to take on the challenge but who knows!

One thing I do know.  As soon as the first troops cross the line you're gonna see the economic sanctions lifted and they're hoping that corporations flood in to pick the bones of the carcass that is Venezuela.

Haliburton or an equivalent will rush to rebuild infrastructure and the new President can be expected to sign all kinds of deals that will put the nation in debt for a century or more.

Freedom ain't free and the people of Venezuela are gonna see that full force.  Is it worth it?  Probably.  Living as they have for the past couple of years has been hell.

All things considered I could be spot on and it's still a price they'd happily pay.

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