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U.S. Headed Toward Possible Military Action in Venezuela

I’m not sure why this administration seems so intent on using our military to help fight it out in Venezuela.

I’m very sorry the Latin American nation decided it needed socialist leadership, but it did, and it is now paying the price of all others who have been subject to socialism. We don’t need young Americans dying in Venezuela to help them correct their mistake.

The White House is now recognizing some guy there who declared himself president instead of Nicolas Maduro, the current dictator. Maduro has ordered U.S. personnel to leave, and the United States is rejecting the demand. It looks to me like we are trying to provoke a confrontation.

“The United States does not consider former president Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata,” said Secretary of State Pompeo.

Asked if military force was being considered President Trump said: “We’re not considering anything, but all options on the table,” he said. “All options, always, all options are on the table.”

So that means “Yes.” So what’s the plan here? Invading Venezuela? For what, exactly?

I’d like to know what’s driving U.S. policy toward the country. I don’t think it’s oil. Someone in the administration seems to have an agenda. But if it is oil, I’ll gladly pay a few more bucks for gasoline to save our kids from fighting in the streets of Caracas.

13 Responses to U.S. Headed Toward Possible Military Action in Venezuela

  1. Maduro is destabilizing his neighbors. There are several criminal organization who are happy with Maduro because he has allowed them to operate freely. The big one is the military who smuggle drugs and sponsor terrorism. Chavez brought it lots of Cuban generals.

    Exxon, Hess and a Chinese oil company discovered a huge oil reserve off the coast of Guyana long claimed by Venezuela. Recently their navy chase off two ships doing seismic work.

    Maduro has a high school education. He was a bus driver. Juan Guaido, the new interim president is an engineer. He went to George Washington University. He is 35.

    I am opposed to military intervention too.
    But I think one thing that would be good is to sent the Navy to protect Guyana. It will be hard to put Venezuela back again. It is broke into some many pieces.

    Here is a cartoon from Nicaragua’s LaPrensa. (Nicaragua is about to make front page too.)

    https://www.laprensa.com.ni/2019/01/24/caricaturas/2517067-caricatura-24-1-2019

  2. As John notes, there is a troubling Chinese military presence in Venezuela and they are surely using Venezuela as a dangerous base to create a strategic advantage to threaten ship traffic, monitor the Caribbean area, etc. And of course, they are very interested in Venezuelan resources– oil, minerals, shipping ports, etc. They’ve been at this for a long time.

    But there’s more. Russia is creating a stronger military presence there as well, (they’ve been there for a long time as well) threatening our underbelly. The irony here is that Russia has always, as part of its own strategic planning, feared for its own vulnerable underbelly and created a strong military ready response to protect it.

    Here’s a little piece about Russia’s military presence in Venezuela. As you can see they aren’t kidding around.

    http://time.com/5478644/venezuela-russian-bombers/

    So, I’m thinking there may have been a recent increase in the military presence of both China and Russia in Venezuela, and Trump is responding to that, sending a signal to both countries that we know what’s going on and don’t much like it. I dunno. We’ll see.

  3. This is known as “keeping the pressure on.” Don’t think the Marines will be hitting the beaches anytime soon. This is to pressure Maduro to leave.

    Venezuela’s economy is based solely on oil exports. However their oil has a very high sulfur content. The U.S. is the only place where it is economically feasible to refine their oil into petroleum products. They have very little refining capacity themselves and import virtually all their gasoline from the U.S. So we don’t need their oil and make the money from refining it.

    Venezuelans are sick of Maduro and want him out. If they can get the security forces/Army to join them he is gone.

    I know all this stuff because I know someone who lived in Venezuela from the time Chavez croaked until very recently.

    There is also a huge refugee problem w/ Venezuelans going to Colombia. Over a million Venezuelans are in Colombia.

  4. Their production of crude oil has gone down from 2.5 million BBL/day to 600,000 BBL/day. They owe the Russians and Chinese a very large sum. They don’t have the money to import food and medicine. Cuba and Nicaragua are being hurt by all of this because Venezuela has cut back deliveries of petroleum.

    The figure is closer to being 3 million. They go to Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador.

    • Didn’t know it was that many. I don’t think it will be the U.S. taking military action. It will be Brazil, Colombia, and Guyana.

  5. Venezuela is the sick man of South America. The Maduro regime is going to destabilize the entire continent, if it stays put too long.

    We may or may not be able to fix the wreckage of the Chavistas.

    Eastern Europe has, for the most part, done a more than passable job of getting up to speed after the Iron Curtain fell. So it may not be generational doom and gloom once Maduro goes, which he will.

    But the longer he stays, and the more entrenched Chavismo gets, the less optimistic that forecast gets.

    Recall that it was only one former Soviet client in Europe (Romania) that needed bloodshed to topple its strongman.

    Also, we aren’t trying to teach Jefferson to Saracens. This was a Western-style democracy until just a generation ago; they can re-learn what they weren’t allowed to remember.

    No guarantees, obviously; but we can define victory here, which makes it attainable. Decisively winning a war is something we arguably haven’t done since Desert Storm; restoring liberty in our own hemisphere, would do wonders for American pride.

  6. I understand the issues, but I don’t get the gameplan. Are we supposed to fight the Venezuelan military, which is backing Maduro? Are we encouraging opponents who are just going to get killed when we don’t show up? We’re good at that. I don’t think this country is ready for war in Venezuela. We’re already overstretched right now. This is still Obama’s military.

    • I think the game plan is to turn up the screws. Don’t be surprised to see sanctions on gasoline exports to Venezuela. We refine their oil into gasoline. A gas boycott would bring them to their knees. Same with Iran.

  7. Insight Crime covers Central America and South America. On this link they cover Venezuela.

    https://www.insightcrime.org/venezuela-organized-crime-news/

    I think Venezuela is broken into some many pieces it can’t be put back together. It is a criminal/narco country.

    Someone please ask Alexandria O-C if the USA produces billionaires and neglects regular people than what is Venezuela? Chavez left his favorite daughter $4 billion.

    I don’t think a military option by the US is not the way to go. But I do not have a solution either. President/dictator/tyrant Daniel Ortega has really screwed up Nicaragua. I see things are coming to a boil soon.