Another Undeclared War: Trump Threatens Full Naval Blockade of Venezuela

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Here we go again. More military interventionism. The threat this time is a complete blockade of Venezuela.

A Trump administration official says U.S. Headed Toward Blockade of Venezuela.

Donald Trump is serious about a possible U.S. blockade of Venezuela, a senior administration official said Friday, saying that the country’s president Nicolas Maduro has a short window to voluntarily leave power.

Trump told reporters on Thursday that he was considering a blockade or quarantine of the Latin American country, where the U.S. has been trying for months to unseat Maduro. He didn’t elaborate.

But the official said Trump’s statement should be taken seriously and is the direction U.S. policy is headed with regard to Venezuela. The official asked not to be identified as a condition of participation in a briefing for reporters.

Maduro Not a Good Guy

OK, Maduro is not a good guy. Neither are Putin, or Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia, or dozens of other global leaders.

Recall that US cozied up to Sadaam Hussein and Bin Laden on the idiotic policy the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

War Threatened

Since when does not being a good guy require war?

Make no mistake, a naval blockade is war. And isn't Congress supposed to declare war?

End the Wars and the Warmongering

We should pull all of our troops home, let Europe and Japan defend themselves, and in general mind our own damn business.

The US and the rest of the world would be better off if the stopped being the world's policeman.

If the EU is worried about Russia, let the EU defend itself.

Our military budget is insane because of insane policies.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (33)
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Realist
Realist

The US is not the ´Good Guy’. The US has hundreds of military bases all over the world. The US interferes in the affairs of other countries, attempts to overthrow governments, and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent women and children every year. Trump is just the latest warmonger in chief. Worse yet, he befriends tyrants in Saudi Arabia, North Korea, etc, and even defends them after they kill American citizens. America is becoming the #1 shithole country in the world under Trump.

Tengen
Tengen

Anyone paying attention knew we wouldn't stop after the Guaido fiasco. You don't appoint a neocon like Abrams to be "special representative" to a country if you intend to build peaceful relations with them.

This Venezuela saga will be an ongoing headache for Trump supporters for multiple reasons. It makes him look like a warmonger, it runs contrary to his campaign, regime changes are exorbitantly expensive, and worst of all it makes Ilhan Omar look good for publicly criticizing the Abrams appointment.

Candidate Trump, we hardly knew ye.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Unfortunately, the Democrat's goat rodeo of far leftist candidates virtually guarantees Trump's re-election...baring a depression beginning now and lasting through next November.

It's virtually impossible to dislodge an incumbent president in this country. Slick Willie Clinton did it last with help from both a recession and Ross Perot's quixotic campaign siphoning off 19% of Bush senior's voters. In fact, Clinton took office in the second quarter of the Bush recovery.

The Democrats are busily gearing up for a redo of 1968 when national reaction to their Chicago riots led directly to election of Richard Nixon.

2banana
2banana

Wow. All these comments calling Trump a "warmonger" when he has yet to actually start a single war?

And these same folks who just gushed and loved obama - when he started wars in Syria and Libya and sent 100,000 troops to Afghanistan in his failed "surge." And not a single word in criticism.

And obama actually said "I am pretty good at killing people." Good thing he had that Nobel Peace Prize or we would have really been in trouble.

And Hillary wanted a war with Russia (and still wants one - along with most of the democrat presidential candidates). Hillary also voted for the War in Iraq when she was a senator. So did Biden.

Gosh - Trump is looking like the least warmonger of the pack.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Just to be clear, I don't view The Donald as a warmonger, so much as just another megalomaniac who finds it impossible to prevent a thought arising in his brain from escaping in near-real time to Twitter. Not the way to conduct foreign policy; it's not a reality game, but real people can get killed if we keep it up.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

As Mish use to say the party is over and you cannot hope to survive.

abend237-04
abend237-04

@Casual_Observer Ha! But, we can still all hope to die in our sleep...

2banana
2banana

"Our military budget is insane"

What is your definition of "insane?"

America currently spends about 3.2% GDP on defense. Historically (going back to the 1970s after the Vietnam War ended), this is about the historical average. There are 21 other countries that spend more (as a percent of GDP).

America spends about 17% of the Federal Budget on defense (2017). America also spends about 66% of the Federal Budget on entitlement spending (2017).

As a comparison - in the 1950s, during the Eisenhower administration, America spent more than 50% of its Federal Budget on Defense.

abend237-04
abend237-04

@2banana I agree entirely that every nation should have a very carefully calculated, deliberate number. China discovered it had been spending far too little on defense in 1839 as the British fleet invaded virtually unopposed and set off a century of misery, colonialism and war, culminating in Mao's rise in 1949.

I remember JFK's first budget, in 1960, with 50% of federal spending on defence. That's surely too high, but China proved in 1839 that nothing is far too little.

Had the Brits found the Yangtze bristling with gun emplacements, they'd have gone back to London demanding negotiations, not war.

Herkie
Herkie

Not worried on this one, his boss, Tsar Vladimir, won't allow him to blockade Venezuela.

wootendw
wootendw

Here's hoping it's another bluff.

Tater-Man
Tater-Man

Lets hope Trump has the common sense to send lots of CIA agents to box up Maduro's weapons, ship them to "moderate" terrorists in Syria, get the US ambassador killed, and then blame the whole thing on a YouTube video.

If Trump does that, he can say with a straight face that there were no controversies during his 8 years.

Greggg
Greggg

I see Steve Mnuchin put the k abash on Trump meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister too. How many theaters can the MIC support when they all erupt simultaneously? This is going to hell in a hand basket faster than I can keep track of it.

0327trader
0327trader

The article comment - 'Recall that US cozied up to Sadaam Hussein and Bin Laden on the idiotic policy the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' Mish, how did that work out under prior administrations ? I just love you all armchair quarterbacks who think they know it all. Comical to read the input. One thing, YOU aren't the POTUS. That's a good thing.

Webej
Webej

Are we the bad guys?

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

How can the US continue to plunder the globe ($3/4 TRILLION every year) without "policing" it?

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Mish, how did that work out under prior administrations ?"

Poorly

"I just love you all armchair quarterbacks who think they know it all. "

And I just love you jackasses who support every war that comes your way.

Mish
Mish

Editor

For the record and in advance

I was against the war in Vietnam, the war in Afghanistan, the War in Iraq, the war in Syria, Libya, etc etc.

Mind you - in advance - and correct - not after the fact arm-chair quarterbacking