Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!

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There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

He told reporters on Friday that, “We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary. …We have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.”

Venezuela’s defense minister called Trump’s threat “an act of craziness.”

Even more worrisome, when Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro tried to call President Trump for clarification he was refused. The White House stated that discussions with the Venezuelan president could only take place once democracy was restored in the country. Does that mean President Trump is moving toward declaring Maduro no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela? Is Trump taking a page from Obama’s failed regime change policy for Syria and declaring that “Maduro must go”?

The current unrest in Venezuela is related to the economic shortcomings of that country’s centrally-planned economy. The 20th century has shown us very clearly that state control over an economy leads to mismanagement, mal-investment, massive shortages, and finally economic collapse. That is why those of us who advocate free market economics constantly warn that US government intervention in our own economy is leading us toward a similar financial crisis.

But there is another factor in the unrest in Venezuela. For many years the United States government, through the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy, and US government funded NGOs, have been trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government. They almost succeeded in 2002, when then-president Hugo Chavez was briefly driven from office. Washington has spent millions trying to manipulate Venezuela’s elections and overturn the results. US policy is to create unrest and then use that unrest as a pretext for US intervention.

Military officers play an important role in defending the United States. Their job is to fight and win wars. But the White House is becoming the war house and the president seems to see war as a first solution rather than a last resort. His threats of military action against a Venezuela that neither threatens nor could threaten the United States suggests a shocking lack of judgment.

Congress should take President Trump’s threats seriously. In the 1980s, when President Reagan was determined to overthrow the Nicaraguan government using a proxy army, Congress passed a series of amendments, named after their author, Rep. Edward Boland (D-MA), to prohibit the president from using funds it appropriated to do so. Congress should make it clear in a similar manner that absent a Venezuelan attack on the United States, President Trump would be committing a serious crime in ignoring the Constitution were he to follow through with his threats. Maybe they should call it the “We’re Not The World’s Policeman” act.

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  • Milly Vanilly

    The way President Trump is (Supposedly) talking sounds like THEY have their Trump clone up & in testing mode.
    The CIA-Deep State IS calling the shots but STILL much turmoil with implementing THEIR AGENDA.

    • Lewie Paine

      The Republicans have always been war-mongers. Plus the US economy is a war economy. The only question is, who will be attacked first.

      • Milly Vanilly

        The Repubs & Dems both work for the ‘SAME’ globalist Psychos & are controlled/manipulated by the CIA-Deep State Muppets…the U.S. has ONE party, the globalist party.

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  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    I’ve said for decades that the Demoblicans and the Republicrats are just the two wings of the War Party.
    I’m sad to say that Trump, the guy whose proclivities were unknown – as compared with Sanders and the Clinton – is shaping up to be little different.
    Very sad, indeed.

    • If his end game doesn’t carry out his primary election promises, he’ll probably be a one term president, something which Pence seems to be counting on.

    • Smarty

      Yep. There’s only one party. You’re not invited. Neither am I, or anyone else that I know. It’s so clear to see, but the sheep continue to graze….

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        Rest in Peace, George Carlin.

  • The American military hasn’t taken a defensive posture in any of their attacks on countries that have never threatened nor attacked us since WW2. Pearl Harbor was a manipulated situation as is the one in North Korea. Neither of them would have occurred without a Mission Impossible approach to foreign affairs.

  • dav1bg

    We spend $700 billion a year on the military and then we are surprised when we go to war. Talk about sheeeeple.

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  • Jeri Brace

    The fact that venezuela sits on one of the largest or largest oil reserves in the world has made Venezuela a Target for Regime change for years. First they have to ask Saudi Arabia to increase output to lower the cost of oil per barrel so to cause an economic collapse & Civil unrest as US America comes to the aid of the Venezuelan people dressed as a Sheep in Wolves clothing.
    this stinks of America’s corporate Greedy handi work indeed.

  • Bas

    Evil and justice. Take Saudi kings, Venezuela, and Trump speaking. The smell of money book is obvious guiding.

  • SP_88

    When agendas from decades past are still moving forward, despite several administrations having come and gone, it should be obvious that the real leaders of our government are people who have always been there.
    TPTB are the ones who tell whoever the president happens to be what they can or cannot do. And they tell him what he will do. And they tell him what will happen to him if he doesn’t do as he’s told.
    And what’s he gonna do, call the police? Ha. Good luck with that.
    The same agendas have been pushed for as long as I can remember. Nothing has changed throughout my entire life, even though we have changed presidents 9 times.

  • “an act of craziness.” – that pretty much sums up everything from 9/11 on – HA