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Venezuela: What Should America Do?

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As the popular uprising against the failed and illegitimate Venezuelan Socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro continues to dominate cable news with graphic images of civilians being runover by armored vehicles the Trump administration issued several statements indicating U.S. military action in the country was possible. 

"If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do," said Pompeo, who was speaking to Fox Business.

"We would prefer a peaceful transition of government there, where (President Nicolas) Maduro leaves and a new election is held," Pompeo said, expressing support for opposition leader Juan Guaido. "But the president has made clear, in the event there comes a moment -- we’ll all have to make decisions about when that moment is -- the president will have to ultimately make that decision."

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday Socialist dictator Maduro is "now surrounded by scorpions in a bottle and it’s only a matter of time" before he's ousted.

“Maduro spent the day not in the company of Venezuelan forces, but surrounded by Cubans because he doubted the loyalty of the Venezuelan armed forces," Bolton told reporters in a briefing on the White House lawn.

"If this afternoon 20-25,000 Cubans left Venezuela, I think Maduro would fall by midnight," Bolton said.

Bolton’s comments came after Secretary of State Pompeo said Maduro had been on the cusp of fleeing to Cuba before he was talked into staying by Moscow – a claim denied by both Maduro and Russia, according to CNN.

When asked what evidence the administration had to support Pompeo's claims, CNN reported Bolton said, "this is one of those situations where I really can’t tell you the specifics of it."

In the wake of the Trump administration’s bellicose rhetoric Florida’s US Senator Rick Scott called on President Trump to immediately pre-position U.S. military assets in support of "freedom and democracy in Venezuela."

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Levin reports Scott has been part of a group of Florida politicians that has influenced White House policy on Venezuela, along with Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, all Republicans.

Sen. Scott has regularly raised concerns over the growing Russian presence in the Western Hemisphere, particularly Russia’s support for Venezuela. He also spoke about Venezuelan narcotrafficking and the importance of working with the region to adopt sanctions against the Venezuelan regime.

During Q&A after a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Sen. Scott discussed the need to confront Cuba over its malign influence in the region and its active role in the destruction of democracy in Venezuela. He also highlighted the need to change the global perception of Cuba to reflect the reality of its dangerous activities throughout Latin America.

The “malign influence” of Iran in Venezuela can also not be ignored.

Voice of America reports analysts see this month's re-opening of an air link between Tehran and Caracas as the latest evidence of Iran's growing role alongside Russia and Cuba in bolstering the multilayered security apparatus keeping Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in power.

Mahan Air, a private airline sanctioned by the United States for its links with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), initiated flights between Tehran and Caracas last week, according to Iranian civil aviation officials who announced the initiation of the air route when a Mahan airliner landed in Caracas on April 8.

"Unless Iran has suddenly become a source of tourists, this is another reason why the regime of Maduro has become a threat to the security of the U.S.," tweeted Senator Marco Rubio, who has major input into the Trump administration’s Latin American policy.

However, not all conservatives are anxious to see the United States return to enforcing the Monroe Doctrine, which Barack Obama so cavalierly abandoned.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spoke for many when lambasted supporters of U.S. intervention in Venezuela on Tuesday night, suggesting they “care more about Venezuela than they do this country.”

“Would the overthrow of [President Nicolás] Maduro make Venezuela a more stable, prosperous country? More to the point, would it be good for the United States?” Carlson said, specifically pointing to calls for intervention from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). “Before the bombers take off, let’s just answer a few quick questions, starting with the most obvious: When was the last time we successfully meddled in the political life of another country? Has it ever worked? How are those democracies we set up in Iraq and Libya and Syria and Afghanistan?”

Carlson further claimed sanctions against the South American nation hurt America’s middle class by increasing gas prices. If pro-interventionists "are indeed good people, why do they seem to care more about Venezuela than they care about this country, the one they run?" he said.

Carlson has a point, recent US intervention in Libya and Syria and Afghanistan has not been successful, despite the vast amount of blood and treasure expended. Although Carlson’s view that the United States should stay out of Venezuela has yet to be taken up by any high-profile Republicans it is a common view around the coffee shops and water coolers where grassroots conservatives gather.

We want to know what ConservativeHQ.com readers and friends think about this important topic. Please leave your most thoughtful and succinct comments below.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee. In 1989 he accompanied Vice President Dan Quayle to the inauguration of Venezuela’s democratically elected President Carlos Andres Perez.

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Just give Russia,China, Iran, Hezbollah 7 days notice

Then just send the marines in to kill their troops and occupiers. And then get out. We don't need an extended land war in Venezuela to do the job. The Venezuelan military will not fight US marines. And it won't matter if they do. And they know that. They are not going to fight for the right to starve to death. We could seize and occupy the Island military base the Russians have. MSNBC viewers would get dizzy seeing the narrative reverse from Trump is Putin's puppy to Trump just killed Putin's occupiers of Venezuela.

Just give Cuba, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah 7 days notice

Then just go in and kill them. And then get out. We don't need to occupy the country. The Venezuelan military won't fight for their right to starve to death. And it won't matter if they do try. And they know that. The American people would rally behind Trump big time. We could seize and operate Russia's island military base. That we could occupy. This is what our national defense is for. Our nation is effectively under attack by the Russians, Chinese, Iranian Nazis, Hezbollah occupying an advance military base just off our southern coast.

Venezuela: What Should America Do?

Stay out of it, we have got to stop this "father knows best" mentality of getting into bed with all these nations, countries that decide that they now don't like the government that they have been living with, putting up with for there entire life, yes I know we revolted and threw off the King of England, but we did it on our own, only later did other nations come to our aide and then only to stick it to the king, now you see how this looks, we get involved, they tell us it's not our business, next thing were at war again somewhere else on the globe, were not the cop on the beat here, this isn't about being a good samartitan, its about knowing when to get involved and when to mind our own business, if its a revaloution then it has to play out and run its course, were still in a quagmire in Libya for sticking our nose in over there when we should have just minded our own business, the only nation this nation has sworn absolute aleigance to is Israel, this foolishness has to stop.

Venezuela is not one of these United States

Tucker Carlson succinctly states a reasonable position that is consistent with one-of-17 candidate Trump's uniquely distinguishing campaign promise not to start new wars.

Our U.S. Constitution provides for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for Americans in these United States.

Venezuela is just a recent example of how U.S. economic warfare sanctions have at least market consequences as alternative economic partners are sought. Sometimes the unintended consequences can encourage partnerships that otherwise would not be first preference; such as China and Russia.

While the election campaign and election process of Maduro may not meet the spotless electoral standards of the United States, Guaido (the pretender to the presidency) was not even a candidate in the election; and, Guaido's claim to the presidency is based on a section (233) of the Venezuela Constitution that is to be called on in case of the permanent unavailability of the elected President (in this case the obviously available Maduro).

The regime change practices of the U.S., besides being mostly unsuccessful and often illegal (US Constitution; and UN Charter), in realist strategic terms such practices tend to encourage other nations to take eztra cautionary measures to protect their sovereignty.

What to do in Venezuela

The U.S. actions in Venezuela could have far-reaching diplomatic consequences such as with North Korea. Kim is using his nuclear capability to assure the protection of his regime, and he expects U.S. protection of that regime—however antithetical it is to our governing principles—as a trade off for denuclearization. He has even pointed out U.S. interference in Libya and the Arab Spring as a cause for his concern.

If the U.S. interferes militarily in Venezuela, it will only confirm Kim's continued use of nuclear capability to assure the protection of his regime, and it will not guarantee that the human crisis in Venezuela will improve significantly in the short term.

The U.S. should use its most powerful weapon—its economy—to force Russia and Iran to respect the Monroe Doctrine and to cause Cuba to withdraw its military support for the Maduro regime.

Venezuela

If you've watched Glen Beck's recent show on the insipid spread of socialism, and how it is permeating the western hemisphere, including the United States, one has to think that effective measures must be taken immediately to push back against the movement. Unfortunately, so many conservatives or so-called conservatives get weak kneed when it comes to using more than lip service to combat an evil that has killed millions of people around the world. Its ok for Cuba, the Russians, and Iran to use military force to further the cause of communism, socialism, and Sharia Law/radical Islamism, but the U.S. is supposed to wring our collective hands and sigh, 'Oh My, Oh My', and watch as life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness becomes something that we ONCE were willing to fight for but now let political correctness and fear temper what are God given rights for all mankind. I admire Tucker Carlson and his reasonable thoughts on just about everything, but we didn't cause the nationalism of Venezuela's oil production, and we certainly didn't cause the rise of the dictators that destroyed that country, and are destroying lives around the world. The people of Venezuela are being brutally murdered, and systematically starved to death while the elite are gorging themselves in their ivory towers. The least we can do is show the people who want their country back that we have their backs, however that is manifest.

Cuban intervention in Venezuela

The U.S. should issue a simple statement to the Cuban government. Have all of your troops out in one week. It does not need to be released to the public or the media.

If that demand is not met; I would cruise missile their locations in Venezuela into oblivion. With 20-25,000 personnel they have to have bases of operation established.

This just might turn the tide in favor of the Venezuelan people; especially if they are given the confidence that America has it's back.

War wuth Venezuela and Cuba

The last time the US tried to declare war on Cuba (bay of pigs) we got our asses handed to us on a platter. Good luck with that!

Cuba

You are saying the Cuban military is going to whip the Asses of the United States Marines? How early in the morning do you get doped up? We have not yet discovered the planet you are living on. Please get back to us when we do.

What to do about Venezuela?

One more thing; if we drive the Cubans out of Venezuela, what happens to the Communists in Cuba? The collapse of their ability to project power could lead to their fall.

Just sayin...

What to do about Venezuela?

Carlson is wrong when he claims such interventions have never worked; Germany and Japan come to mind. So do the Eastern Block countries. What about Chile"? We kicked the Communist Allende' out and now Chile' is one of the best places in Latin America. What about Panama? We CREATED Panama by allowing them to secede from Columbia. We kicked out the dictator Manuel Noriega and now Panama is a working republic. We stopped the Communists from taking over Iran (and, granted, ended up with the Ayatollahs) which likely allowed us to win the Cold War (a Communist Iran would have squeezed us on oil.) We booted the Communists out of Granada. Ditto El Salvador.

Even if Venezuela winds up with some military dictator, he'll at least be OUR dictator and not a Bolshevik. Right now things couldn't get any worse for the Venezuelans. From their perspective there is little to lose. From our perspective we won't have huge numbers of Venezuelans trying to access the American social hammock. And oil prices would be more stable were the Communists gone. We wouldn't have to worry about subversion in the rest of Latin America, either.

The Russians are violating the Monroe Doctrine. Can't say they are all to blame; we've done likewise, moving NATO to their doorstep and moving U.S. troops into Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria - their close neighbors. But we've got to make it clear that we won''t tolerate Russian or Chinese meddling in our hemisphere.

Timothy Birdnow

Venezuela: What Should America Do?

Gotta stop Russia and Cuba from expanding their influence in the hemisphere NOW. It's like the proverbial slice of salami. They take a little piece now and another little slice tomorrow and the next day etc. until they eventually have the whole thing. And by then no one even knows how they got it. Time to stand up for freedom.

Venezuela

DO NOT GET INVOLVED ... LET THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA VOTE IN THEIR CHOICE ... CAN YOU IMAGINE IF RUSSIA AND CHINA WANTED HILLARY, NOT DONALD TRUMP AND THEY MADE THAT CHOICE ... WHY SHOULD WE CHOOSE THEIR PRESIDENT. Ridiculous!!! STAY OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS ... WE DO NOT NEED A CONFRONTATION WITH RUSSIA, JUST MY TWO CENTS.

Venezuela

The People made their choice and it was NOT Maduro. He just did what all Communists do; stuffed the ballot box and refused to accept the election results. Kinda like what's happening in the United States after the 2016 election...