Friday, September 29, 2017

By All Means, Blame America

Venezuela's Maduro is pretending that America is a military threat to him. Which is good. Perhaps focusing on America keeps Maduro from looking for a target he can take on (in the short run, anyway).

Oh please, we have enough problems on our hands to bother with Maduro:

"We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace," said Maduro, who wore a green uniform and a military hat as he spoke with his army top brass during a military exercise involving tanks and missiles. "We need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the defend every inch of the territory if needs be," he added.

There is a near-zero chance America will use our military to overthrow Maduro.

If our military goes in, it will be to help the Venezuelan recover from the man-caused disaster of that country's inept socialist rulers impoverishing a once-prosperous nation. That is, a pure humanitarian move into ports and airports to deliver aid.

On the other hand, having Maduro pretend America is a threat may keep him from thinking about attacking the nearby island possessions of the Netherlands in the belief that the Dutch would be an easy foreign Devil to rally his people to his side.

UPDATE: And let me say that President Trump's comment a while ago that he didn't rule out military options for dealing with Maduro didn't play into Maduro's hands. Nobody thinks that force is really an option for Venezuela.

As even this author who claimed Trump's comment was a major error admits, Venezuela under Chavez/Maduro has blamed America for Venezuela's problems.

Whether dealing with Bush, Obama, or Trump, the socialist government of Venezuela whips of fear of American invasion to keep their people in line.