U.S.-backed Guaido Faces Off Against Maduro: More Involvement in South America

Here we go again. The U.S. government is getting involved in yet another oil-rich country, but this time in South America. When will it stop? It is one country after another until they are all compliant with the American-led global order.

National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed that the president is considering sending 5,000 troops into neighboring Colombia just in case they are necessary for a “support” operation in Venezuela to keep the unelected leader, Juan Guaido, in power over the elected leader, Nicolas Maduro (although there are questions about the legitimacy of his election). It has been made clear by the Trump administration that “all options are on the table.” The translation of this is, “Maduro better stand down, or else the American military will be dispatched to force it upon him.”

Back in 2017, I mentioned that the newly instituted economic sanctions against Venezuela would increase. This is because sanctions (blockading a country or preventing goods from reaching the people of that country for a political purpose) are an act of war and terrorism that often indicate that a hot war is on the horizon. The new Trump administration sanctions target the oil industry and will prevent billions of dollars in assets from utilization. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested that this will punish Maduro, but as I have said before, economic sanctions almost always end up hurting the people of the country and do little to stop the ruling class. Mnuchin stated that the frozen assets will prevent “further diversion of Venezuela’s assets by Maduro, and will preserve these assets for the people of Venezuela where they belong.”

Apparently Mnuchin does not understand how political power works, or he is being dishonest. If Maduro cares about holding onto power, he will most certainly acquire the money from other sources, and the people will end up even poorer than they already are. Using economic terrorism against the citizens of Venezuela to entice them to rebel shows the true colors of the leadership in Washington, D.C. Plus, I thought we were condemning Russia for supposedly having meddled in our elections? Yet, somehow it is just to meddle in Venezuelan politics? I guess hypocrisy is just the native tongue of American politicians. We speak about trying to halt the actions of brutal monsters, but if any country is compliant with American demands, it is allowed to violate human rights on any scale that it chooses. A case in point would be Saudi Arabia.

Will Venezuela be the next Iraq or Syria? If Bolton has his way, it will be. Bolton, Mnuchin, Pompeo, and the rest of the federal government do not care about the people of Venezuela, but rather, they are more interested in the resources that the country has to offer. Will President Trump put his foot down and keep his campaign promise of no more senseless involvement in foreign countries’ affairs? I would not hold your breath, but it is worth mentioning that in almost every case where the United States government gets involved in foreign affairs, it leads to problems in the future. For example, when we deposed Saddam Hussein, the result was a struggle for power between the Sunni-led government and the Shia minority, leading to a weak government and the rise of ISIS in the vacuum.

Let us learn our lesson and steer clear of foreign entanglements and wars. As we watch the Super Bowl this weekend, let us be true patriots and not ram a form of government down the throats of the Venezuelans. Let them decide their own fate and choose whether they want Maduro or Guaido. Place your bets now.

Thank you for reading, and if you would like to learn more about how the United States government has used sanctions as a tool to force countries into compliance or how the operations to oust leaders worldwide has led to ruin, please check out my book, The Global Bully, or my website.
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Published on January 31, 2019 02:45
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