Once again, my stance on this will probably not be the popular one. Oh well. Communism is a plague on the face of this planet. It has killed millions of innocent people. Maduro labels his government socialist. Socialism is communism-lite. In reality though, Venezuela is in the grip of full-blown communism. The people are starving to death there and chaos and violence are out of control. They are our neighbors and they are huge oil producers. We cannot afford to turn our back on what is happening in Venezuela. It not only affects us economically… it is a massive humanitarian crisis that will only get worse.
President Trump’s words here are probably only a warning to Maduro. They will have no effect on the dictator except to make him double down. We may in fact at some point here have to intervene militarily. Many Americans will decry that. But it’s like living in the same room with a murderer and telling him as long as you just kill your own people and not me, I’m good with that. It doesn’t work and it will get you in the end. Venezuelans have been begging for Trump to intervene and he has heard them. Maduro must be removed from the government there. If the Venezuelans can’t do it, then eventually that task will land at our feet in one form or another.
From The Wall Street Journal:
President Donald Trump warned of possible military action in Venezuela on Friday, even as he amplified threats of an armed response to North Korea missile buildup.
Mr. Trump said a military option is possible in Venezuela, though he provided few details, while the president also stepped up his warnings to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he spoke at a press conference at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday.
“I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Mr. Trump told reporters when asked about the situation in the South American country. “Venezuela is a mess.”
“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” he said.
The remarks came a day after President Nicolás Maduro said in a speech to the newly formed constituent assembly that he wanted to speak with Mr. Trump by phone or meet him when he visits the U.S. next month for the United Nations General Assembly. “If he is so interested in Venezuela, here I am,” Mr. Maduro said Thursday. “Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand.”
President Trump is now refusing to take calls from Maduro. Good. Nothing a communist dictator like that has to say is worth hearing. What worries me though is that the Pentagon says they know nothing about all this and are referring people back to the White House. Shouldn’t we have a bit more of a united front here? “The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime. President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country,” the White House said. Fix it and then we’ll talk… nice.
Mike Pence will travel to the region next week, in a trip aimed at reinforcing regional opposition to the Venezuelan regime, boosting the Colombian peace process, reversing a tide of coca cultivation, and laying the groundwork for potential bilateral trade deals. Hope he has the best security there is with him. That’s a very dangerous trip.
This is a serious escalation with Venezuela, but putting it on the table is prudent in my viewpoint. Invasion is not imminent, but it’s also not out of the realm of possibilities here. It’s like North Korea, Iran and a host of other international problems we have now thanks to progressives… we can’t turn a blind eye to what is happening in Venezuela and we shouldn’t.