When asked if US military intervention in Venezuela is coming, Trump said all options are on the table.
Bolton said it’s not imminent, repeating Trump’s remark above, adding “our objective is a peaceful transfer of power.”
There’s nothing “peaceful” about an attempted coup, wanting a democratically elected president removed, by force if other tactics fail.
In response to reports that President Maduro intends to sell 15 tons of Venezuelan gold to the UAE for euros, Bolton accused him of “flying out Venezuelan assets by the plane full,” suggesting he’s “stealing” them, a bald-faced Big Lie. The legitimate government can do what it pleases with its assets without asking permission from imperial America.
According to anonymous military sources, US SOUTHCOM commander General Mark Stammer headed to Colombia. Is it a pre-planned visit as the hardline Ivan Duque regime’s Foreign Minister Guillermo Botero claimed, or connected to Trump’s regime change aim in Venezuela.
A US army EO-5C reconnaissance plane was spotted flying in Colombian airspace near the Venezuelan border, spying on the Maduro government.
Days earlier, Bolton’s notebook had a notation about 5,000 US troops to Colombia. Acting war secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon is closely monitoring events in Venezuela.
When asked about possible US military intervention, he declined to rule it out. “I’m not commenting on it,” he said. “I haven’t discussed that with Secretary Bolton.”
SOUTHCOM had no comment about possible military intervention in Venezuela. On January 29, the State Department issued a travel advisory on the country, saying:
“Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and (falsely warning about a nonexistent threat of) arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens.”
“On January 24, 2019, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees and family members due to ongoing political instability. The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Venezuela.”
AMN News reported Colombian troops were filmed heading toward the Venezuelan border. Bolivarian forces headed to the same area to protect border security.
According to Military Times, it’s “not clear [if the Pentagon intends] amass[ing] troops in neighboring Colombia to” intervene cross-border.
Shanahan said he hadn’t discussed deploying US troops to Colombia, but he wouldn’t rule it out, adding: Bolton “created a number of options. We support them with their policy development, and as the situation in Venezuela evolves, we’re there to give them advice and counsel and support.”
The attempted Trump regime coup d’état train left the station, wanting Bolivarian social democracy destroyed—the US wanting another imperial trophy, its dirty hands controlling Venezuela and its world’s largest oil reserves.
Will US troops invade the country if other tactics fail to topple Maduro? Will it stage a false flag, unjustifiably justifying military intervention, longstanding US practice?
If past is prologue, the worst ahead may be planned. The Trump regime’s rage to control oil-rich Venezuela and Iran makes most anything possible.
The fate of both countries and its people hang in the balance.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.