Thursday, July 05, 2018

Trump Has A Golf Course In Doral, Florida, Nicknamed Doralzuela


Trump is desperate for a nice little war-- something like Grenada or Panama. Joshua Goodman, reporting from Bogota for the Associated Press wrote yesterday that last year Señor Trumpanzee asked his top aides if the U.S. could invade Venezuela-- a country of over 31 million people the size of California, Montana and New York combined. Venezuela has the most proven oil reserves in the world, more than Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq or Kuwait. Venezuela's military includes over 120,000 men, 696 tanks, 280 aircraft... Grenada does have a military, just a coast guard and a police force. It's about the size of Houston and has as many people as small American cities like Boulder, Colorado or West Covina, California, about 106,000 people.

The invasion of in 1989 Panama, basically to execute an arrest warrant against Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega. About a thousand Panamanian civilians and 23 American military members died in the "invasion." An invasion of Venezuela would be bloodier.

Trump's uninformed "suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration."
In an exchange that lasted around five minutes, McMaster and others took turns explaining to Trump how military action could backfire and risk losing hard-won support among Latin American governments to punish President Nicolas Maduro for taking Venezuela down the path of dictatorship, according to the official. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

But Trump pushed back. Although he gave no indication he was about to order up military plans, he pointed to what he considered past cases of successful gunboat diplomacy in the region, according to the official, like the invasions of Panama and Grenada in the 1980s.

The idea, despite his aides’ best attempts to shoot it down, would nonetheless persist in the president’s head.

The next day, Aug. 11, Trump alarmed friends and foes alike with talk of a “military option” to remove Maduro from power. The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief.

Executive Time

But shortly afterward, he raised the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, according to the U.S. official. Two high-ranking Colombian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid antagonizing Trump confirmed the report.

Then in September, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Trump discussed it again, this time at greater length, in a private dinner with leaders from four Latin American allies that included Santos, the same three people said and Politico reported in February.

The U.S. official said Trump was specifically briefed not to raise the issue and told it wouldn’t play well, but the first thing the president said at the dinner was, “My staff told me not to say this.” Trump then went around asking each leader if they were sure they didn’t want a military solution, according to the official, who added that each leader told Trump in clear terms they were sure.

Eventually, McMaster would pull aside the president and walk him through the dangers of an invasion, the official said.

Taken together, the behind-the-scenes talks, the extent and details of which have not been previously reported, highlight how Venezuela’s political and economic crisis has received top attention under Trump in a way that was unimaginable in the Obama administration. But critics say it also underscores how his “America First” foreign policy at times can seem outright reckless, providing ammunition to America’s adversaries.

...For Maduro, who has long claimed that the U.S. has military designs on Venezuela and its vast oil reserves, Trump’s bellicose talk provided the unpopular leader with an immediate if short-lived boost as he was trying to escape blame for widespread food shortages and hyperinflation. Within days of the president’s talk of a military option, Maduro filled the streets of Caracas with loyalists to condemn “Emperor” Trump’s belligerence, ordered up nationwide military exercises and threatened with arrest opponents he said were plotting his overthrow with the U.S.

“Mind your own business and solve your own problems, Mr. Trump!” thundered Nicolas Maduro, the president’s son, at the government-stacked constituent assembly. “If Venezuela were attacked, the rifles will arrive in New York, Mr. Trump,” the younger Maduro said. “We will take the White House.”

Even some of the staunchest U.S. allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump’s saber rattling. Santos, a big backer of U.S. attempts to isolate Maduro, said an invasion would have zero support in the region. The Mercosur trade bloc, which includes Brazil and Argentina, issued a statement saying “the only acceptable means of promoting democracy are dialogue and diplomacy” and repudiating “any option that implies the use of force.”



At 3:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maduro IS awful, but he retains some public support. Anyone the US would install would be incredibly worse. Just look at Honduras, for which Hillary should be in the dock.

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, you don't think Bolton is advising trump that a nice little war would be a great opportunity to declare martial law and put an end to this slow cancerous death that the usa is suffering?

He keeps the military busy killing brown people in Venezuela so they can't resist his coup; he hands over the Venezuelan oil to exxon for profits into the 22nd century; and he becomes American fuhrer for life.

And Bolton becomes head of the American gestapo to begin the purges.

it's a win-win. they both win.


Post a Comment

<< Home