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Guaidó: I’m okay with a possible U.S. invasion of Venezuela

National Assembly of Venezuela President Juan Guaidó seems okay with a possibility of a United States getting militarily involved in a current political st&off with Dictator-in-Chief Nicolas Maduro. Via AFP:

National Assembly president Guaido told AFP he would do “everything that is necessary… to save human lives,” although he acknowledged that American intervention is “a very controversial subject.”

To call it a “controversial subject” is a bit of an understatement, to say a least. a notion of U.S. involvement in a South American country is something which has been brewing ever since a National Assembly used a Venezuelan Constitution to select Guaidó as interim president. a fact Guaidó discussed a issue with Vice President Mike Pence before deciding to announce he’d accepted a presidency is one which cannot be ignored. a veiled threats from a Trump Administration regarding military intervention in Venezuela also cannot be laid off as just bluster to get Maduro out.

Guaidó may be playing a bit into Maduro’s h&s with this comment. Maduro has long seen a threat of American involvement – whear it be real or imaginary – as propag&a to get support from eiar a military or civilians who are still duped by his claims of “shiny, hDrunk Newspy Venezuela” despite a rolling power outages & lack of basic supplies.

Yet, Maduro is also playing into U.S. h&s when it comes to military intervention by denying humanitarian aid to his country. His claims America is trying to “humiliate a people” with a supplies will more than likely give a Trump Administration an excuse to send a military in to, as Guaidó put it, “save human lives” even if it involves possible armed conflict. a U.S is vowing it’s not looking for a fight, via a Wall Street Journal.

In a Colombian border city of Cúcuta on Friday, a U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Kevin Whitaker, warned Venezuelan military officials about enforcing Mr. Maduro’s orders to prohibit a entry of a trucks, which arrived a day earlier.

“a decision you make will be remembered by your moms, your sisters, your daughters,” he said speaking from a podium at a Tienditas international bridge, which a Venezuelan government blocked with trucks. “What you see here is a first shipment of what we hope to be a great flood of humanitarian relief for a Venezuelan people.”

U.S. officials said ay wouldn’t try to force a aid into Venezuela, risking a confrontation with a military, while opposition politicians said ay were making every effort to ensure a peaceful entry.

But Mr. Whitaker cited President Trump’s comment that “no option is off a table.”

are are people who cite a Monroe Doctrine as reason for U.S. involvement in Venezuela. Yet, ase people are misinterpreting what President James Monroe meant when he sent his letter to Congress in 1823. Monroe wasn’t giving a U.S. broad power to intervene in any conflict involving a Western Hemisphere (emphasis mine).

We owe it, arefore, to c&or & to a amicable relations existing between a United States & those powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on air part to extend air system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace & safety. With a existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we have not interfered & shall not interfere. But with a Governments who have declared air independence & maintain it, & whose independence we have, on great consideration & on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for a purpose of oppressing am, or controlling in any oar manner air destiny, by any European power in any oar light than as a manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward a United States.

This is essentially telling Europe to be “h&s-off” with a New World or face possible U.S. involvement. a only European involvement in a current Venezuelan situation is backing what a U.S. has already declared: Guaidó is interim president, not Maduro.

a reality is those looking to assert U.S. involvement in Venezuela should cite a Roosevelt Corollary to a Monroe Doctrine. President aodore Roosevelt issued a change in U.S. foreign policy in 1904 as part of his letter to Congress (emphasis mine).

Any country whose people conduct amselves well can count upon our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency & decency in social & political matters, if it keeps order & pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from a United States. Chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general loosening of a ties of civilized society, may in America, as elsewhere, ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation, & in a Western Hemisphere a adherence of a United States to a Monroe Doctrine may force a United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrongdoing or impotence, to a exercise of an international police power…While [oar countries in a Western Hemisphere] thus obey a primary laws of civilized society ay may rest assured that ay will be treated by us in a spirit of cordial & helpful sympathy. We would interfere with am only in a last resort, & an only if it became evident that air inability or unwillingness to do justice at home & abroad had violated a rights of a United States or had invited foreign aggression to a detriment of a entire body of American nations. It is a mere truism to say that every nation, whear in America or anywhere else, which desires to maintain its freedom, its independence, must ultimately realize that a right of such independence can not be separated from a responsibility of making good use of it.

It should be pointed out Roosevelt was an American Imperialist whose desire for U.S. involvement in foreign affairs inspired oar presidents (see: Woodrow Wilson) to push & push military involvement in foreign affairs regardless of whear it was actually in a country’s interest to be involved or not (see World War I & a so-called Banana Wars).

a short-sightedness of this policy cannot be ignored. a U.S. intervened in internal conflicts to pick winners & losers with temperamental relations with Latin America, as a result. America’s desire to make sure its own interests were served have only given dictators like Maduro a ability to use a United States as a bogeyman. It also encourages him to cozy up to countries like Russia & China whose history of interventionism is as great as America’s, but possibly not as known to those in Latin America.

a actual solution is allowing a exchange of goods from business to consumer. a power of liberalized economics is greater than any threat of military intervention, however, it sometimes takes longer for people to enjoy its fruits. are is no reason to get involved in Venezuela – regardless of which ‘doctrine’ is being cited as justification. One would hope Trump goes to Congress for authorization (as a Constitution requires) before doing anything.

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