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What a Military Intervention in
Venezuela Would Look Like

Foreign Affairs, by Frank O. Mora

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Posted By:Moritz55, 3/19/2019 11:11:31 AM

The United States has a clear objective in Venezuela: regime change and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law. Yet sanctions, international diplomatic isolation, and internal pressure have failed to deliver a breakthrough. Minds are turning to military intervention. U.S. President Donald Trump has said that “all options are on the table.” What if he means it? There are two plausible ways the United States might use force in Venezuela: a precision bombing campaign and a full-scale invasion. Either course would have to be followed by efforts to stabilize the country and establish a civilian government.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Achilles, 3/19/2019 11:18:51 AM     (No. 11935530)

So if invade in about 6 months after bombing the snot out of them, will we have our troops out by 2039?


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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/19/2019 11:21:29 AM     (No. 11935532)

It would look like a disaster.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232, 3/19/2019 11:31:36 AM     (No. 11935545)

No. We have a history of military intervention in South and Central America and it left nothing but resentment.

Let the OAS intervene. We provide logistics, weapons and intelligence.

If we do intervene. Get in. Win it quickly and get out.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 3/19/2019 11:48:54 AM     (No. 11935571)

Let them rot.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: obdurate, 3/19/2019 11:53:48 AM     (No. 11935579)

nope stay out of it

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/19/2019 12:21:30 PM     (No. 11935631)

Countries must solve their own problems. We have no business intervening. I would not want to risk one American life for any of these dreadful countries. Let them work this out on their own. Painful, but necessary. Only then will they value what they have and not be so eager to give it up again.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 3/19/2019 12:40:54 PM     (No. 11935658)

If Columbia and other neighbors want to do this, sure, whatever. The USA should stay out.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Moritz55, 3/19/2019 1:35:27 PM     (No. 11935725)

The point of the article was that military intervention is not a viable option.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/19/2019 1:43:48 PM     (No. 11935731)

President Trump is not about to intervene in Venezuela using the US military, that is not how Trump operates. That is not to say that there will not be an air and naval blockade mounted by a mainly South American coalition.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/19/2019 2:28:34 PM     (No. 11935806)

Oh, what a load of horse feather! There is no conceivable way the US will "intervene" in Venezuela. Trump is much smarter than that. Where do these people come up with this garbage?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ruler of the Elves, 3/19/2019 3:54:41 PM     (No. 11935918)

A military intervention in Venezuela would look like the invasion of Iraq. Worse. The citizens are starving in Venezuela.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: comstock, 3/19/2019 4:20:53 PM     (No. 11935948)

Absolutely Not! What threat does a failing country like Venezuela present to us.China or Russia coming in to help prop up Maduro? Ever hear of the Monroe Doctrine?

Maybe a naval blockade and a carrier to enforce a no-fly zone. Let the Venezuelans sort it out.

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There’s no such thing as risk-free military action. But in this case, the social, economic, and security costs of intervening far outweigh the benefits.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: dvc, 3/19/2019 6:09:26 PM     (No. 11936049)

It would look like a bad idea.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Moritz55, 3/19/2019 6:39:03 PM     (No. 11936084)

Don’t you hate it when people comment on an article without actually reading it?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/19/2019 7:03:31 PM     (No. 11936117)

Our guys would show up and the Maduro thugs would wave white flags within 10 seconds...no one wants to die for the Commie slug in charge.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dino Sayer, 3/19/2019 8:05:34 PM     (No. 11936160)

"Foreign Affairs" sees everything from a far left perspective.

The US could lead an OAS coalition in preserving democracy from Maduro and his thugs. We would also be knocking the supports out from the Cuban thugocracy in Havana.

Two birds with one stone. It might also set Putin on his back foot for a while.

We would need to promise the Chinese that their investments would be protected before we went in.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Dino Sayer, 3/19/2019 8:07:41 PM     (No. 11936162)

By the way, rumors from Cuba suggest that Maduro is on his way out. They are hearing that there will be rolling blackouts because of the cutoff of Venezuela-supplied cheap fuel.

A new ´Special Period´ is coming. This is supposed to be in the next few weeks.

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