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Sure. Let's Invade Venezuela. Another Jolly Little War.

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More aimless imperial over-reach, more lack of strategy, more enemies generated. The only big winner? The Pentagon and military industrial complex.

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Sure. Let's invade Venezuela. Another jolly little war. It's full of commies and has a sea of oil. The only thing those Cuban-loving Venezuelans lack are weapons of mass destruction.

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This week, leading US neocons openly threatened that if the CIA's latest attempts to stage a coup to overthrow Venezuela's Maduro government failed, Washington might send in the Marines.

Well, the coup was a big fiasco and the Venezuelan army didn't overthrow President Maduro. The CIA also failed to overthrow governments in Moscow, Tehran and Damascus. Its only "success" to date has been in overthrowing Ukraine's pro-Moscow government and putting a bunch of corrupt clowns in its place at a cost near $10 billion.

The US has not waged a major successful war since World War II unless you count invading Grenada, Panama and Haiti, or bombing the hell out of Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Libya. That's a sobering thought given the Pentagon's recent announcement that it is cutting back on little colonial wars (aka "the war on terror") to get ready for real big wars against Russia and China, or even North Korea.

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Venezuela is in a huge economic mess thanks to the crackpot economic policies of the Chavez and Maduro governments and US economic sabotage. But my first law of international affairs is: "Every nation has the absolute god-given right to mismanage its own affairs and elect its own crooks or idiots."

Now, however, the administration's frenzied neocons want to start a war against Venezuela, a large, developed nation of 32.7 million, at the same time we are threatening war against Iran, interfering all around Africa, and confronting Russia, China and perhaps North Korea. Large parts of the Mideast and Afghanistan lie in ruins thanks to our "liberation" campaigns.

Invading Venezuela would not be much of a problem for the US military: half the population hates the current government and might welcome the Americans. Venezuela's military has only limited combat value. Right-wing regimes in neighboring Colombia and Brazil might join the invasion.

But what then? Recall Iraq. The US punched through the feeble Iraqi Army whose strength had been wildly exaggerated by the media. Once US and British forces settled in to occupation duties, gorilla forces made their life difficult and bloody. Iraqi resistance continues today, 16 years later. The same would likely happen in Venezuela.

There is deep anti-American sentiment in Latin America that existed long before Col. Chavez. Recall, for example, the large anti-American riots that greeted Vice President Nixon's visit to Caracas in 1958.

"Yankees Go Home" is a rallying cry for much of Latin America. Blundering into Venezuela, another nation about which the Trump administration knows or understands little, would stir up a hornet's next. Their ham-handed efforts to punish Cuba and whip up the far right Cuban-American vote in Florida would galvanize anti-American anger across Latin America. Beware the ghost of Fidel.

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Talks over Venezuela are underway between Washington and Moscow. Neither country has any major interest in Venezuela. Moscow is stirring the pot there to retaliate for growing US involvement in Russia's backyard and Syria. Both the US and Russia should get the hell out of Venezuela and mind their own business.

Instead, we hear crazy proposals to send 5,000 mercenaries to overthrow the Maduro regime. How well did the wide-scale use of US-financed mercenaries work in Iraq and Afghanistan? A complete flop. The only thing they did competently was wash dishes at our bases, murder civilians, and play junior Rambos.

For those who don't like the American Raj, a US invasion of Venezuela would mark a step forward in the crumbling of the empire. More aimless imperial over-reach, more lack of strategy, more enemies generated. The big winner would, of course, be the Pentagon and military industrial complex. More billions spent on a nation most Americans could not find on a map if their lives depended on it, more orders for "counter-insurgency" weapons, more military promotions, and cheers from Fox News and wrestling fans.

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Here is a list of the 16 MOCs who signed a letter to Pompeo opposing existing sanctions against Venezuela: https://khanna.house.gov/sites/khanna.house.gov/files/Venezuela%20Letter%20March%202019.pdf

And here are the 69 cosponsors of H.R. 1004, to prohibit the use of force by the U.S.against Venezuela: H.R.1004 Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act.

Only Merkley, Sanders and Coons have sponsored S J Res 11, the companion bill in the Senate.

So these are the Reps who might be sympathetic to lifting sanctions, opposing the ongoing coup attempt and opposing war, and they can also be held up as an example of wisdom and courage when talking to others who are more brainwashed or afraid to stick their necks out.

If your MoC signed on, thank you. If not, please lobby them to do so.

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If we are looking to overthrow leaders of nations for mismanaging their economy why haven't we looked at a nation where 30% of the population is living in poverty, 80% of the working class lives pay check to pay check, where bridges are collapsing, roads are in dire need of repair, has more people living in incarceration than any other nation, whose education results is dropping compared to the rest of the world, whose leaders have committed more war crimes and crimes against humanity than any other nation, and one could go on.

Also, this nation is among the leaders in oil/gas production thus making it a prime target of the US war machine to start its regime change strategies.

Oh, wait! That nation is us! What now Americans? Do we still have a chance for change or has the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP) brainwashed enough of us to the point of being comatose or do we begin looking for leaders like Tulsi Gabbard?

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tOUCHE'. DENNIS.

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ISN'T IT too bad we don't have a rejuvenated 1920's Smedley-Butler who could handle oil production as well as fruit plantations, Eric. C'est seulement la guerre.

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It's time for Trump to step in and take charge of these psychopathic serial killers that Kissinger's threats to Trump put in place. Look where these escapees of the insane asylum have taken us imminent war in Venezuela, Iran, threats of to China, threats to North Korea, threats to Russia.

Have these a-holes made you feel a little more unsafe yet?

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