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No military intervention in Venezuela

Bolton is up to his usual machinations..

Earlier this week, the U.S.-backed Venezuelan
opposition leader Juan Guaidó launched what appeared to be an attempted coup.
Dozens of people were injured in the bedlam that ensued. Guadió was hoping
enough military leaders would defect, toppling the government of Nicolás

What’s apparent is that the U.S. was
highly involved, and has been for months.
In a radio interview,
National Security Advisor John Bolton outlined that 3 senior officials would
defect from the government, and that the Venezuelan Supreme Court would declare
the Maduro government illegitimate, offering military leaders the necessary
political and legal cover to remove Maduro.[1] In return, these individuals
would receive amnesty from Guaidó and the U.S. would remove them from its
sanctions list. Bolton tweeted that message directly to these senior

The effort didn’t work though. “For reasons
that are still not clear, that didn’t go forward yesterday,” Bolton admitted. In
response, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has canceled a trip to
Europe in order to coordinate with the National Security Council and State
Department on Venezuela. 

Venezuela is now a tinderbox ready to
erupt, and the U.S. is rattling its sabers.
Responding to these
developments, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doubled down on the U.S. position,
saying that “the president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent,
military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the U.S.
will do.”[3] Congress can and must put a stop to this, and we need to put
pressure on them to act.

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