By Theodore Shoebat
Donald Trump just recently said that using the US military against Venezuela is still an “option,” as we read from Voice of America:
President Donald Trump said in comments broadcast Sunday that U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is “an option.”
Trump declined, in an interview with CBS News, to give any specifics of what might prompt him to order U.S. forces into the South American country as the U.S. and other countries ramp up pressure to oust President Nicolas Maduro and support opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.
Trump said that “a number of months ago,” he turned down Maduro’s request to meet with him, because “we’re very far along in the process…really democracy in action” for Guaido to assume power. The United States and other countries have recognized Guaido as the acting Venezuelan president.
“I decided at the time, “no” because so many really horrible things have been happening in Venezuela when you look at that country,” Trump said of possible talks with Maduro.
“That was the wealthiest country of all in that part of the world which is a very important part of the world,” Trump said in the interview that was taped Friday. “And now you look at the poverty and you look at the anguish and you look at the crime and you look at all of the things happening. So, I think the process is playing out – very, very big tremendous protests.”
Trump’s comments came as the late Sunday deadline approached for an ultimatum from several European countries for Maduro’s government to call new presidential elections.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Twitter he talked with Guaido, telling him “he has our full support to restore democracy.”
Kurz said that “should Maduro not respond to the EU’s call for free & fair presidential elections, we will acknowledge and support Juan Guaido as President ad interim….”
Kurz’s criticism is laughable in the face of the reality that his partnering party, the Austrian Freedom Party, was founded by Nazis. What we are witnessing is the Western equivalent to the Sunni–Shia dichotomy, and that is the Left-Right rivalry.