National Security Adviser John Bolton Gives Press Briefing on Venezuela…

National Security Adviser John Bolton holds a press availability to discuss the crisis in Venezuela following a briefing with President Trump.  Mr. Bolton said  “we are seeing the Venezuelan people strive to get a government that they control, not an authoritarian military regime”, adding “this is a very serious situation. The president has been monitoring it minute-by-minute throughout the day.”

Bolton emphasized “this is clearly not a coup. We recognize Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela.” He called it a “potentially dispositive moment” for Venezuelans to regain their freedom”, later referencing “a very delicate moment.” If this effort fails, they will sink into a dictatorship from which there are very few possible alternatives.”

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114 Responses to National Security Adviser John Bolton Gives Press Briefing on Venezuela…

  1. Mark McQueen says:

    Cue Bolton haters in 3….2….1…

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    • FofBW says:

      He has that hard a$$ no BS demeanor about him.

      Depends on which side of the fence one is looking if they like that or not.

      Liked by 2 people

    • ezpz2 says:

      Mark, if you liked Boosh’s Iraq and endless Afghanistan wars, then you must love Bolton .

      Me? Not so much.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Mark McQueen says:

        I try not to set my mind in concrete.

        Liked by 3 people

      • purpleibby says:

        The difference ezpz2 is Trump is not engaging in those preemptive wars…..Bolton is there as a tool for Trump to use. If we were heading into another Iran/Syrian war there might be some credence to your remark….but we’re not…and Bolton is correct on Venezuela.

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      • purpleibby says:

        There you go again ezpz2…..there’s no war declared or preemptive invasions. Sorry, but your logic doesn’t work.

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        • ezpz2 says:

          There are many ways to *instigate* a preemptive war. And if past is prologue, this looks like the beginnings of one.

          I’m old enough to remember Iraq and the false pretenses under which that started. I was VERY much against that war, and at the time, found myself to be in the minority and was called unpatriotic, among other things.

          I also followed the leadup closely and didn’t rely on MSM for the facts. I sought and I found them.elsewhere (probably scrubbed by now).

          This has the same feel, sorry to say.
          You can criticize my logic, but facts are facts.

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          • Bill says:

            So, ignore Venezuela at this pivotal moment and let Maduro crush his opposition? And you don’t have your head in the sand?!

            Liked by 1 person

            • ezpz2 says:

              My point is that what’s being reported is not necessarily what’s actually going on.

              We must learn from history…

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              • Mark McQueen says:

                Many seem to have forgotten the history of where isolationism leads. A World Wide war.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  Mark, surely you’re not saying that there’s either war or complete isolationism with nothing in between, are you?

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  Not at all. Surely you’re not saying preemptive action is never wise choice, are you? You suggest history teaches us. It surely does.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  Not necessarily. Unfortunately The US and other major powers turned a collective blind eye to what the Nazis were doing.

                  Had anyone preemptively stopped hitler from his mass genocide – beyond Germany, I might have known my grandparents.

                  Then again, I might have not been born. I digress.

                  Bottom line, there are times when preemptive wars are indicated, but this is not nazi Germany.

                  Neither was Iraq, no matter how many times Saddam Hussein was conveniently referred to as Hitler.

                  In fact, he protected Christians and even Jews. Assad in Syria does as well.

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  Not Nazis. Socialists and Communists, surely enemies of the Republic and the free world, don’t you think? Iraq was only a “mistake” because Bush lost his nerve to continue the war on terror. The Socialist Democrats defeated him at home. I WON”T side with THEM ever! People swear “dark forces” are “pulling strings” yet they never seem to consider who’s pulling THEIR strings.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  Respectfully, I disagree with most of your comment. I was always against the Iraq war, not the execution of it, but the war itself.

                  At this point, though, it’s futile to re-litigate it, except to learn from it and not to repeat the mistakes made.

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  I’m attempting to point out those mistakes. Bush’s problem was he declared a War on terror then was wrongly convinced he needed an excuse to fight it. Saddam WAS an enemy. Iraq was of great strategic value in such a war.

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  War on terror was one thing. Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. Wasn’t it Rumsfeld who famously said Iraq was a good target (as in target practice- my interpretation)?

                  I hear what you’re saying, but Iraq posed no threat to us or the region. His army had been reduced to a rag tag bunch, and there were no WMDs.

                  I said I didn’t want to re-litigate it and here I am…

                  Have a good rest of the day.🙂

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  The war on terror (a ALL it encompassed) was THE thing. Again, Bush lost his never due to political pressure. Post Iraq “revisionists” on the right must ignore the source of that pressure. The OPPOSITION Party.

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  PS…was this not a perfect “outrage trap”?

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                • ezpz2 says:

                  PS: maybe we should have also tried to stop the Rwanda genocide.

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                • Mark McQueen says:

                  We would not have been wrong to do so.

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          • mike says:

            We always worked to keep foreign powers out of the Americas. Nukes in Cuba were a clear warning about failing. What could possibly go wrong with China, Russia and Cuba gorging on a trillion barrels of oil while enslaving Venezuela. Not mention three nationalizations of US owned oil since the 1940s that they should owe us before they owe R, C, C.

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    • Dr.Jay says:

      >> Cue Bolton haters in 3….2….1…

      OK Let’s see. 1) I rather have Flynn and 2) I do not like the mustache 🙂

      Otherwise I’m quite neutral, I haven’t seen him in action enough, this speech on Venezuela was good enough, clear on explaining the presence of 20-25k Cubans who among others seem to have organized those paramilitary gangs on motorcycles.

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      • Mark McQueen says:

        I used the term “Bolton haters” because they will bash Bolton no matter who and what policy he is representing ( in this case it is PDT and it DOES make a difference). They will argue (more or less) that he can pull PDT’s strings ’cause he’s a (gasp) neocon.

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  2. Mncpo(ret) says:

    I don’t know how to feel about this.

    I don’t think we should support “regime change” in another country. I don’t know how many “contractors” (ours) are down there, but I also support the people of that country that want freedom and escape from tyranny. The new “President” was not voted in, Meduro was. The new “President” kinda popped up, groomed, ready to go.

    There has been massive coverage on social media supporting the overthrow, red flag to me. I know Meduro is an incompetent taxi driver/dictator.

    OK, I’m just schizophrenic on this whole thing. I hope the people win without our involvement. How’s that.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Perhaps after you read this and discover who is backing Maduro – Russia, Cuba, China, Turkey, Iran – all of those nice America-loving nations (!!) – you may change your mind, or maybe not.

      IMO there is every reason for the U.S. and most of Latin America to want Maduro out, along with the rest of those nasty totalitarian regimes who are backing him, and Guaido – who is supported by the Venezuelan Congress – to replace him.

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      • Heika says:

        Its always worth asking this. Who is hating who and why? Are they ‘America hating’ countries are is the likes of Neocon Boltons America a hater of those countries. I seem to recall Trump saying, ‘I think we can get along with Russia’, and hey, guess what? Russia is one of the last great Christian countries in the world who stand by those values (broadly speaking). Don’t you think in light of the crisis for Christians in the world today that is worth thinking about? Who wants to ‘get and hate Russia’? Oh yeh thats right, those who are leveraging Russia phobia to oust a sitting president despite it all being made up, and in fact starting in the Ukraine govt (who hated Putin at the time). Gee, I almost forgot.

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        • sejmon says:

          Thank you Heika..and 1000 likes !!!! and I would like remain to some ppl here it was pres .Ronald Reagan who wanted cordial,peaceful beneficial relationship with non commie Russia.Neocons/globalists want WW3 with them… Bolton/Shi*t /Schumer/Turtle and 90%+ are on same boat if it coming to Russia-see sanctions…

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        • GB Bari says:

          Suggest before you accuse those of us who are wary of Russia of having “Russia phobia”, you might acknowledge just who Putin is working with (China, Iran, Maduro, Assad, Cuba…) and whether or not you think that Putin’s “friendships” are working in our country’s best interest.

          Russia is not a peace-seeking innocent victim of “Neocon Bolton”.

          It’s pretty evident that the Bolton haters are out in force today across CTH comments sections.

          Tell you what. When PDJT says he’s through with Bolton, that’ll be fine with me. But the President hasn’t said that and I trust his judgement. Bolton is doing the job PDJT wants him to do.

          And President Trump saying he wanted to try to “get along with” Russia was NOT a signal that he was ready to bend over and ignore their malicious trouble-making around the world.

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    • lolli says:

      👍 me too Mncpo

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    • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

      From a previous post.

      “This is our neighborhood”.
      From VP Pence…
      https://www.apnews.com/08054905cf944a87b2b5c65d07f59733

      Here we go again, another humanitarian effort and please, don’t worry about NATO creeping up to borders of other countries. F**k Bolton, wait for all the bipartisan support to start kicking in folks, this is how they roll and neo-cons love it! I bet they even have John McCain’s vote on file for this one to really sure things up.

      NOT A GOOD PATH were on!! Russia, China and Iran all support Maduro.

      As a trader, the global recession starts in 2020 and this is why wars heat up, the writings are on the wall. The USA will not get hit bad but it will have its effects.

      So watch Europe first, then Japan followed be Germany, etc, etc.

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      • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

        When Larry Kudlow says the markets and economy’s strong because of capital investments, what he’s really telling you is capital is flowing into our country which means investors from around the globe also see the writings on the wall.

        The global economic recession is going to be a hard landing, so think of it like 2008 on a grand scale.

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    • purpleibby says:

      Opposing preemptive neocon wars in the middle east and fighting the spread of socialism/communism are not an equivalency. Reagan fought communism and it’s the right thing to do. You turn your back on it, you have a communist superpower like China taking over the world….sorry. I’m with Reagan and Trump on this one.

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      • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

        I’m never against President Trump!
        When you sanction countries, they only look inward and rely on other allies who are in the same situation. Why do you think Trump will not continue the oil tariffs because he knows too.

        Russia and China were once enemies, look at them now. Remember, POTUS is against the globalist so it’s one against many and he has no help from CONgress! But I’ll bet if he asks for war, CONgress can’t vote fast enough, virtually all voting YES!

        Most people are tired of war, but don’t fret, you’ll get suckered in again, just like voting for the same morons that caress your emotions only to grease you up with Vaseline so it won’t hurt so bad.

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      • AvengerDave says:

        What is shocking is that you only have 1 like (me). 21 years of service in front line units has taught me that JFK, and Reagan made the right calls. I hope President Trump does too. The Monroe Doctrine has served us well.

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        • GB Bari says:

          I’m here too. I agree with the Monroe Doctrine as well. When it comes to South America I am not a Ron Paul non-interventionist. But I am also not a NeoCon war hawk. There is a lot of space in between those two positions wherein effective solutions may be found.

          As Bolton stated, and he was only stating what POTUS stated earlier, “All options are on the Table.” Good. Dictator Maduro and our adversaries need to know that.

          Anyone who believes John Bolton is determining PDJT’s current strategy for Venezuela is rejecting everything they ought to know by now about President Donald J. Trump.

          Liked by 4 people

          • IMO, POTUS and Pompeo have mapped a far-sighted Geopolitical Strategy.

            No one seems to appreciate the timing of his move to ISOLATE Cuba
            … at the moment when China most needs a Trade Deal
            … and oil has been removed from from both Iran and Venezuela
            … leaving China precariously dependent on imports from the USA and Saudi Arabia.

            Now Russia and China – with flailing economies – are having to support
            • Syria
            • Iran
            • Cuba
            • North Korea
            • Venezuela
            • etc.

            Just when
            • China’s pushing their global Belt & Road and 5g from Huawei.
            • Russia’s pushing their gas-dependency pipeline to Germany.
            • POTUS is considering boosting Tariffs on Autos, etc., to accelerate non-Chinese Trade Deal negotiations.

            Since this is just scratching the surface, imagine the financial pressures and risks of false steps that would multiply them.

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        • yucki says:

          If I could, I’d *like* this whole little sub-thread more than once.

          Liked by 1 person

    • George Miller says:

      Re:I don’t think we should support “regime change” in another country.”

      Normally, I would agree, BUT:

      – There are already tens of thousands of foreign troops there and foreign aid.
      – We are supporting what dozens of countries have recognized as the legitimate President.

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    • wee2low says:

      Not that anyone cares but my 2 cents is no US involvement period. Here’s the thing. I’ve been following this deal since it started heating up some time back. I’ve listened to some Venezuelan citizens takes and it really is a mess. Basically the average IQ down there hovers about 80,85. What they’ve said (and what Americans don’t get) is that they WANT Socialism. They just don’t want to pay the price for wanting it. This isn’t some fight for freedom to replace it with a Capitalist/Nationalist system. The word is that they’ll just elect another Socialist (they already have) but the “right one” this time. America getting involved is akin to giving a heroin addict heroin to stop the pain.

      Juan Guaido and the Popular Will party are Democratic Socialists (you know the good band of Socialism) akin to Bernie Sanders. In fact Popular Will is recognized by Socialist International, an organization that promotes spreading D. Socialism throughout the world.

      I know it’s not pleasant but Socialist voters need to feel the pain of their failed ideology and not be bailed out every time their countries collapse.

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  3. ezpz2 says:

    I don’t trust neocon, warmongering Bolton, who never met a country where he didn’t want regime change, followed by pilfering that country for oil (Iraq), precious minerals ( numerous African countries), and even drugs (Afghanistan, Latin American countries in years past).

    And now oil rich (drugs too) Venezuela.

    Coincidence that Venezuela ‘flared up’ just when Bolton came on the scene?

    Coincidence that counter to President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from Syria, we’re NOt withdrawing after all?

    Coincidence that we were making progress with North Korea, and suddenly a 180?

    Those are just a few examples…

    And then there’s the report that Bolton called our President a moron.

    Bolton’s gotta bolt out of the admin. He can take his coat.

    In my opinion.

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  4. gretaherndon says:

    Can someone tell me how this is not a coup?

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    • GB Bari says:

      Has someone told you it isn’t?

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      B/C the VZ Constitution provides relief for the people if an election is screwy (fraud). The VZ Congress exercised this Constitutional provision by deeming the election invalid, and appointing Guaido as interim President. Maduro has been in violation of the Constitution by his refusal to accept the outcome from Congress.

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  5. gretaherndon says:

    Can someone tell me how this is not a coup?

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  6. Keln says:

    Well it needs to be considered in the context of this whole situation in Venezuela being the result of nations hostile to the US meddling there in the first place. I mean, we can just let all of South America be picked off one by one and turned into communist dumpster fires by our enemies and pat ourselves on the back for not getting involved, but we’ll still have to deal with the consequences of it. I think minimal, lowkey support for regime change is not a bad thing, although I am very much against direct military intervention.

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  7. Bubby says:

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  8. ezpz2 says:

    Oh great 🙄
    Another conflict. Another war! Just what we [DON’T] need!!

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    • purpleibby says:

      We’re not at war with anyone…..you cannot make the people of Venezuela oppose the path of socialism(which inevitably leads to what we’re seeing) that came long before the Trump was elected. Socialism/communism never sleeps.

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  9. I think the whole Weisman SC and the democrats continuing investigative noise along with, of course, the RINO’s whining about Syria withdrawal, etc. all this noise is to hang the threat of impeachment over POTUS if he DARES ramp down foreign infiltration.

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  10. Kent says:

    Prayers that the right people..not specifically THE right..wink wink…..prevail against THE LEFT in Venezuela…and around the world…..

    The Left is evil incarnate and one cause of much human suffering……

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  11. Carson Napier says:

    The interventionists are a lot like the socialists. Maybe brothers-from-another-bother.

    The socialists say – we need to go with more socialism – even though it has a record of failure like in the USSR, Cuba and Venezuela – it just wasn’t done right – this time it will be great!

    The interventionists say – we need to go with more interventionism – even though it has a record of failure like in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – it just wasn’t done right – this time it will be great!

    P.S., Maybe we could send the Maryland Nation Guard?

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  12. burnett044 says:

    we must stop the evil domino effect…..seems I heard that before I went to Nam…

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    • If you’re seeing your neighbors’ houses torched by an arsonist, do you get more hoses or take out the arsonist?

      “Cuba” … kinda like ISIS and then Iran … for the Western Hemisphere.

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      • ezpz2 says:

        What if the *arsonist* is also the firefighter?

        Not unheard of, especially in foreign interventions.
        To use your metaphor – arsonists (instigators) might well be the firefighters (interventionists).

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  13. Zeej says:

    Hahaha what a laughable attempt at a coup and what a laughable foreign policy perspective Bolton offers

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  14. Comrade Mope says:

    For the record, I like Bolton. This press availability just doesn’t fill me with confidence. “All options are on the table.” Yeah. OK. What was he supposed to say? “We support regime change by any means necessary”? I don’t think so. Trump ran on not getting involved in these things. Unless we have an aircraft carrier and an expeditionary force off the coast, at the ready, this is not going to be a cakewalk. Will the country support boots in Venezuela?

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      I would say a full and complete embargo and highest level sanctions on Cuba getting involved. NO, I don’t think Bolton put him up to it either.

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    • GB Bari says:

      PRESIDENT Trump and SecState Pompeo have made that same statement regarding the Venezuela political situation long before Bolton made it today. NSA Bolton simply repeated the President’s official position, as he is supposed to do.

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      • Comrade Mope says:

        Perhaps Bolton is too much of a diplomat for me. When he states the official position he should make people believe what he says. The problem here is he made a couple gaffs and his “all options are on the table” is just more diplo-speak. Trump doesn’t bluff, but if the Maduro regime reads Bolton they are going to say “It’s all talk, the marines aren’t landing at dawn.” Trump doesn’t bluff, but I don’t think he wants to send the marines in either.

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  15. Ivehadit says:

    I trust the president. I stand with him whatever his decision as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. He has more than proven that he has OUR BEST INTERESTS at heart. He will do what needs to be done.

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  16. Trump Train says:

    Here are the simple facts regarding Venezuela. Around the 2007 timeframe, chavez in an act of war against the US, nationalized the oil industry. Bush did nothing, which lead to the gassrape of 2008 where hundreds of billions of dollars were stolen from the American people and helped continue the decline of our economy from the market crash…………. this continued through the first failbama term of stealing oil rigs ect. Obama was in his glory

    The people of Venezuela voted in this socialist scum several times to destroy their country.

    IN 2012/2013 with little opposition the gov’t made it illegal for private citizens to own firearms and ammunition.

    What did they think would happen? YOU NEVER GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF.

    The situation is a neocon wet dream and along with the globalist who are ecstatic, this is the perfect situation. The neocons get their war and the gloablist get our country flooded with refugees……..

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  17. James Carpenter says:

    John Bolton may be a Neocon.
    OK.
    But just because it’s John Bolton who happens to be speaking doesn’t mean the Monroe Doctrine is past its “best used by” date..
    Venezuela is atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Pretend that doesn’t inform the actions of other world powers? … at our own peril.

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  18. thedoc00 says:

    Forget all the “hate BS”, the Russians and Chinese are repeating their African adventures. Pay off and support the local gangsters in return for exclusive mineral rights and military bases. In the early 1900’s it was Large US Financial Interests doing much the same thing but thinking allot smaller than Russia and China. Those two have dominance of a continent in mind and Venezuela is the start point. Just as in Africa, Cuba and others are more than will to provide “rent an Army” support to the enterprise. For the Cubans it is loads badly needed foreign currency and for the others it is money as well as bases to strike the US.

    The OAS members are still so blinded by the “bad gringo” syndrome that they fail to see the new wolf slowly attempting devouring them. US Politicians are either ignorant of past history are so badly afflicted by TDS that they don’t see it coming (or even care).

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  19. Bolton comes off well in this presser. Note his answer to the specific question comparing VZ with Iraq. Bolton clearly states that he has publicly discussed his views about Iraq in the past, but his duty today and now is to clearly state U.S. policy–i.e., not his (Bolton’s) personal views.
    This sounded very measured to me, and it also appears that many have contributed to determining not just the short and mid term strategies but also specific short term tactics.
    The accent on “peaceful transfer of power” was pronounced as well.

    Overall I think POTUS has done a terrific job on foreign policy and this situation would seem to comport with that. President Trump may sometimes have to push his staff or the bureaucrats and military to ensure that his decisions are followed (witness the terrific way he handled the defeat of ISIS, and what President Trump learned from General “Raisin” Cane during his trip to Iraq at Christmas.

    Another positive point was Bolton’s comment that the administration is working to help VZ in planning for the aftermath of a transfer of power from Maduro to Guaido. Lack of planning post victory really bit us in the fanny in Iraq, and it seems that Pres. Trump’s folks have taken that lesson to heart.

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