Venezuela Crisis Rising

At the time of this writing, U.S. military action in Venezuela seems imminent. On Monday Vice President Pence and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido met in Columbia to discuss ways of deposing Nicolas Maduro. Pence purportedly said, “Our forces are ready to move,” and promised Guaido “the full might of the United States” could squash Maduro’s army in less than seventy-two hours.  He even audaciously demanded the European Unison recognize Guaido as the rightful leader of Venezuela.

In Russia, Vladimir Putin has accused Trump of preemptively deploying Special Forces in Venezuela, with additional troops mobilizing in Puerto Rico,  for what he termed “an unforgivable attack on an independent nation” overseen by a democratically elected leader.

Nicolas Maduro is not a nice guy.  Under his reign, inflation has skyrocketed to where citizens cannot feed themselves or their pets. Hyperinflation has grown exponentially in the last few years—111% in 2015, 216% in 2016, 1087% in 2017, and 1,380,000% in 2018. One member of our channel living in Venezuela said a five-pound bag of generic dog food cost two-weeks of wages. Meanwhile, Maduro lives a lavish and prosperous life in a 65,000 square-foot mansion.

So, no, Maduro is not a good guy by any stretch of the imagination, but does that mean Trump—and the United States—should continue being the world’s policeman, especially when ulterior agendas are in play.

Our White House source said Trump—who campaigned on a nationalist, non-interventionist policy—was initially opposed any intercession in Venezuela, but Michael Pompeo and John Bolton, a historical warmonger, have literally begged him to liberate the Venezuelan population from Maduro’s iron grip. Bolton has publically said, “Mr. President, after Venezuela we can take Cuba.”

But just because the United States—NATO, the United Nations, etc.—can intervene does not necessarily mean it should. There is a monumental difference between humanitarian relief and bombing a nation into submission; and, sadly, the United States has a long history of meddling in foreign affairs under false pretenses.

In 1973, a U.S.-backed military coup forced regime change in Chile under the guise of improving the nation’s economy. Barely a few weeks after the military takeover, the military Junta headed by General Augusto Pinochet ordered a hike in the price of bread from 11 to 40 escudos, a hefty overnight increase of 264%. What should have been economic reform became an economic nightmare that resulted in many people dying of starvation. Three years later, in Argentina, Operation Condor, a United States–backed campaign of political repression and state terror involving intelligence operations and assassination of opponents, netted the same effect, with many more deaths—60,000 and 30,000 “disappeared people.”

And then there’s Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In each case, a U.S controlled puppet supplanted the previous leader, and in each case the respective nations’ economies stagnated or worsened.

“In Venezuela it’s about the oil, all about the oil; a desire to own and control the natural resources. It has the 10th highest production of crude in the world, totaling over two billions barrels a day. This represents an enormous sum of money. This is why Bolton is encouraging Trump to invade them. I’m sure Trump sympathizes with the people there, but he is getting advice from a few people who live for war,” our source said.

In closing, this reporter has mixed feeling. I despise seeing anyone suffer at the hands of tyrannical leader, but also know U.S. motives are not altruistic.

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