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Oliphant writes: "U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington's response to Venezuela's political crisis that Caracas disparaged as 'craziness.'"

Donald Trump. (photo: Al Drago/NYT)
Donald Trump. (photo: Al Drago/NYT)

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Trump Threatens Venezuela With Unspecified 'Military Option'

By James Oliphant, Reuters

12 August 17


.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington's response to Venezuela's political crisis that Caracas disparaged as "craziness."

Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority of the opposition-controlled congress.

"The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary," Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

The comments appeared to shock Caracas, with Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino calling the threat "an act of craziness."

The White House said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with Trump on Friday, which the White House appeared to spurn, saying in a statement that Trump would gladly speak to Venezuela's leader when democracy was restored in that country.

Venezuelan authorities have long said U.S. officials were planning an invasion. A former military general told Reuters earlier this year that some anti-aircraft missiles had been placed along the country's coast for precisely that eventuality.

In Washington, the Pentagon said the U.S. military was ready to support efforts to protect U.S. citizens and America's national interests, but that insinuations by Caracas of a planned U.S. invasion were "baseless." your social media marketing partner


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+8 # ReconFire 2017-08-12 08:52
Hey Trump it's time to STFU about who you're gonna attack (oops, not who you're gonna attack, but who you'll send to attack). We know that even in you're prime you wouldn't have the intestinal fortitude to fight you're self.
If you're that jacked-up, go to a local gym and get you're a$$ beat and be done with it.
+10 # VoxFox 2017-08-12 09:39
Who gave Munroe the right to declare ALL of south America is part of the US Empire, for ever?
Americans go home and solve your own huge problems.
+3 # PeacefulGarden 2017-08-12 10:39
Oh, Mad King George! At what point will you threaten military action against the USA? Oops, you already did, in Chicago.

I wonder what meds the fucker is on?
+5 # Dale 2017-08-12 11:19
The United States was instrumental in organizing and funding the violent neo-fascist opposition there, the shortages of consumer essentials,inte rnational press vilification, and many other measures to bring about regime change. The constituent assembly, is a bit like North Korea's weapons, a deterrent to regime change forces of the U.S. and the ultra/right internal class privileged forces who aim for a return to a repressive state practicing neo-liberal policies. It is past time for a revived anti-war movement.
0 # rogerhgreen 2017-08-13 20:34
I have a US passport. I am 78 years old. If Trump orders forcible US intervention in Venezuela I will stand in the way and the US forces will have to forcibly get past me. The US, with its history of messing around with small Latin American countries on behalf of US corporate power, has no standing in Latin America (or much of anywhere really) to criticize much less interfere with any country.

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