We are getting dangerously close to war with Venezuela. Last month, 35-year-old Juan Guaido declared himself to be the new president of Venezuela, and since that time 50 countries have recognized him as the legitimate leader of the country. But Russia, China and much of the rest of the world still recognizes Nicolas Maduro, and Maduro is absolutely determined to remain in power. The Venezuelan military appears to be fully backing Maduro, and that is going to make it extremely difficult to remove him. On Monday, President Trump ramped up pressure on Maduro by telling the world that “all options are open” when it comes to regime change in Venezuela…
“We know who they are and we know where they keep the billions of dollars they have stolen,” Trump said, warning Venezuelan military officials who continue to back Maduro that they are “risking their future.”
“We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open,” Trump said.
Those are very ominous words, and I want you to consider the implications of those words very carefully.
Of course the White House would gladly welcome a peaceful resolution that would remove Maduro from power, but that is very unlikely to happen.
So that means either Trump is going to have to back down and allow Maduro to stay in power, or else opt for a military option.