Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Denial Larson - Trump’s Reckless Venezuela Bluster Was Worse Than We Thought

Trump, 'the Peace Candidate ', is a maniac. I guess he thought Venezuela is a puny country compared to the might of the US so he could attack it without repercussions and look big in front of his military -industrial complex and Neocon friends, and be praised by the MSM as real president, but he didn't seem to realize this could lead to a major war with thousands, or more, dying, including many U.S soldiers. But the US prefers proxy wars where if thousands die, where no one knows and no one cares. Trump is just as much a war monger as the other US presidents, including the fake Mr nice guy, Barack Obama. KV 

The AP reports that Trump’s reckless Venezuela bluster about military intervention last August was not an isolated episode, but was one of several times that the president kept bringing up the possibility of ordering an invasion of the country:
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.
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.
Trump was eventually talked out of it, but it took persistent opposition from his advisers, Cabinet members, and regional leaders to convince him to drop the bizarre idea of launching an illegal war on Venezuela. The report makes clear that Trump’s first instinct was to resort to military action, and he kept coming back to it on the foolish assumption it would be like the invasions of Panama and Grenada. He was not opposed to starting an unprovoked and unnecessary war against a country that posed no threat to the United States, and it was only because he encountered overwhelming opposition from everyone he talked to about it that he appears to have given up on the idea for now.
The story confirms what we have seen elsewhere: Trump has bad instincts and bad judgment especially when it comes to foreign policy, he has no problem with using force as a first resort, and it takes the concerted effort of everyone around him to stop him from doing exceptionally stupid and dangerous things. That suggests he is likely to start a war somewhere else when his advisers and Cabinet members are urging him to do it, and he is surrounded by Iran hawks that have publicly advocated attacking Iran. As U.S. policy keeps stoking tensions with Iran, the risk of a new and very costly war is growing.
The American Conservative


Konrad said...

The neoliberal grip on Latin America is nearly total, but remains tenuous.

Even the most fanatical foes of Venezuela’s government oppose a U.S. invasion of Venezuela, or a mass carpet bombing campaign, since they fear it could cause a populist uprising against oligarchs throughout Latin America.

A proxy war could be conducted from neighboring Colombia, which is an arch ally of the Empire, but Latin neoliberals discourage this too, since it would rouse and unite the Chavistas as never before. The Chavistas would slaughter all oligarchs and their toadies, or at the minimum seize all their assets and estates.

Meanwhile Trump is a child.

“Why can’t I destroy Venezuela like Obama destroyed Libya? It's not fair!”

bbbar said...

Totally agree Konrad, Trump is a child.

Kaivey, I don't know why you consider this bizarre, invading Latin American countries has always been in the US playbook. It's a war crime, but when has that ever stopped the US empire?

Trump's advisors should have encouraged him to discuss this with the other leaders, if they thought it wouldn't go down well with them.

bbbar said...

My mistake Kaivey, I now see that part was a quote from Larison's article.