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Americans Should Reject Military Intervention in Venezuela

Venezuela’s would-be president won’t rule out [1] calling for U.S. military intervention:

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out on Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

National Assembly leader Guaido told AFP he would do “everything that is necessary… to save human lives,” acknowledging that US intervention is “a very controversial subject.”

It is stupid and dangerous for Guaido to be talking about U.S. military intervention, and in doing so he is almost certainly making it more difficult to resolve the crisis in Venezuela peacefully. The military’s support for Maduro remains the largest and most significant obstacle to the opposition’s claim to power. Floating the idea of a foreign invasion for any reason gives the top military commanders an added incentive to stick with Maduro and resist attempts to depose him, and they already have several reasons [2] to remain on his side.

U.S. military intervention in Venezuela must not happen, and members of Congress should make clear that it is not an option. Rep. Ro Khanna responded to Guaido’s statements earlier today:

Attacking Venezuela would be a costly and unnecessary war for the U.S., but more than that it would be a calamity for the people of Venezuela, whose country would be plunged into even worse conditions for the duration of the conflict. The U.S. needs to be willing to consider some sort of compromise solution, whether it is a power-sharing arrangement or negotiations that lead to the holding of early elections. An all-or-nothing approach to the crisis is likely to lead to escalation, and so far that has been the only kind of approach that the Trump administration knows how to do. Military intervention would be the absolute worst form that approach could take, and Congress and the public need to oppose any moves by this administration in that direction.

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#1 Comment By Zebrsian On February 9, 2019 @ 5:03 pm

War, even modern war with precision guided weapons, kills many civilians and wrecks non military infrastructure. It is good that TAC recognizes these facts.

#2 Comment By Peter Spencer Ravenscroft On February 9, 2019 @ 5:14 pm

G’day Daniel Larison
Coming from a conservative US American source, this sober assessment is very welcome. I am from the opposite end of politics, mainly anti-war and a bioist So, thanks.
This is an attempt at the largest theft in human history if the Venezuelan oil and gas reserves are in fact the largest remaining. If the US backs it, or anyone else does, they will deeply disgrace themselves, and we will be seeing a reversion to 1850’s filibustering.
That is irrespective of whether this Guaido man has majority support or no. he is offering to trade the oil for an invasion, As to who he is, from a left source, here is some background detail:
The people of Venezuela, all of them, best stop waving flags and guns – not very digestable – about and start planting food. Sprouts first. Feeding yourself takes skill. Ask the old folk who still know how. Move out of the cities, to help farmers, for food.

Peter Spencer Ravenscroft, geologist/social anthropologist and now, a subsistence farmer.

You may publish my email as I do not skulk. Here it is: p.s.ravenscroftatgmail.com Phone international 617 3289 4470 Oz.

#3 Comment By Stephen J. On February 9, 2019 @ 5:33 pm

It would be another illegal war if there is “Military Intervention”. But, hey when did the warmongers ever pay attention to obeying the rule of law?

#4 Comment By TomG On February 10, 2019 @ 9:40 am

I’m glad to hear Ro Khanna’s emphatic proclamation against congressional approval of intervention. Only two problems with that. First and most obvious is our presidents don’t defer to congress for military interventions and second I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Congress has plenty of votes to ‘go Guaido!’ whatever it takes having started this mess years ago when Chavez was still living.

#5 Comment By cka2nd On February 10, 2019 @ 10:08 am

“Americans Should Reject ANY Intervention in Venezuela”

Fixed that for you.

Economic sanctions have become warfare by just some other means. Someone in these pages recently called them the modern term for “siege,” and I think that may well be right.

#6 Comment By SteveM On February 10, 2019 @ 12:06 pm

Re: TomG, “I’m glad to hear Ro Khanna’s emphatic proclamation against congressional approval of intervention. Only two problems with that…”

Agree fully with TomG. Ro Khanna, Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul are no more than background noise on Capitol Hill totally swamped by the lunatic manifestations of American Exceptionalism and Pentagon adoration.

The always interesting Pepe Escobar has what is probably an accurate take on the real U.S. strategy related to Venezuela:


The United States (regime) is ruthless. And Power Elite Washington it totally detached from reality. The Global Cop Gorilla has wrecked and will wreck any country that gets in its way. Nothing is off the table in Venezuela or anywhere else. (The Pentagon supported rancid slaughter and starvation in Yemen clearly illustrate that.)

As Escobar implies, the obvious danger is that while U.S. economic decline is inevitable, Washington still controls a massive War Machine hammer and views everything else as a nail.

And War-Monger Nut-Jobs like Bolton, Pompeo and Milley are only too happy to start pounding. I’ve posted this lunatic rant by incoming Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Milley before. Posted again to illustrate who Khanna, Gabbard, Paul, et al. are up against: