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Trump Not Giving Up On “Military Options” For Maduro’s Ouster, Considers Naval Blockade

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro emerging victorious after last year’s tumultuous events, which included a US assisted coup attempt by a faction of the military last Spring, out of which Washington also maintained a diplomatic fiction that opposition leader Juan Guaidó is actually the president, it appears the White House is still considering military options against Maduro.

Bloomberg reports “President Donald Trump is frustrated that pressure is building too slowly on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is still considering military options in the country, including a naval blockade, a senior administration official said.”

Trump Not Giving Up On "Military Options" For Maduro's Ouster, Considers Naval Blockade

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Apparently the current sanctions regimen and attempt to block all oil exports, which has seen the US go after major oil companies still doing business with state-run PDVSA (most recently sanctioning a subsidiary of Russian state oil major Rosneft), is not putting swift or severe enough pressure on the Maduro government.

The goal remains, the unnamed top official told Bloomberg, “securing free and fair elections in Venezuela” — which in Washington-speak really means ensuring US-backed Guaidó secures loyalty of the military and thereby leadership over the country. “The U.S. doesn’t believe that free elections are possible with Maduro in power,” the official said further.

The report names Spain as a key European barrier to the US and EU campaign to ouster Maduro. Several new initiatives are being undertaken keep keep up and increase the pressure, however, as Bloomberg notes:

The U.S. has put several companies that continue to do business in Venezuela on notice, the official said, including India’s Reliance Industries, Spain’s Repsol, Chevron and Greek shippers. Trump is likely to raise the issue of India’s oil imports from Venezuela with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a two-day visit next week, the official said Friday in a briefing for reporters.

Trump’s perhaps most aggressive plan of action remains a “naval blockade” of all goods going in and out of the country, which gained a lot of media coverage last August.

Trump Not Giving Up On "Military Options" For Maduro's Ouster, Considers Naval Blockade

The president had frequently vocalized the idea of a naval embargo which would involve multiple warships stationed up and down the South American country’s coastline.

But top US military officers were said to have consistently opposed the plan, saying it was impractical and would take away already stretched naval resources busy engaging Iran and China.

The White House has further been deeply frustrated that the Venezuelan opposition, which failed to deliver results after a months-long standoff last year and with full Washington support that even likely included covert aid via the CIA.

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  • Xoli Xoli

    Really USA economy is serious danger unending wars are plan by Trump the most evil man who pave the way for antichrist and fullfil evil biblical scriptures.Trump is antichrist chosen racist killer.

    • ruca

      I think his son-in-law could be the one.

    • Jake321

      I don’t like him either.

      • Xoli Xoli

        That’s why I like you for giving me negative answers to think about and then postive answer for encouragement. But Jake fuck you man.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Iran please if Erdogan comes for any meeting keep him in a separate bullet proof cubicle with a mic.Dont allow him to come close he my blow up very important people. Remember he is a jihadi suicide bomber.

  • Xoli Xoli

    It is written in the bible the rubbish leader’s will come before antichrist.

    • Harold Smith

      The second beast of Rev 13 apparently refers to the post-9/11 office of president of the U.S., and by extension, to whichever man holds the office – presently Trump. Trump may be the most inherently evil man yet to hold the office thus he may be the last president, aka the “lawless one” aka the “man of sin” aka the ‘son of perdition” aka the “false prophet.”

      • Xoli Xoli

        It is true indeed if you analyze all Trump’s deed then you come to the answer his relieved the main one 8s coming.

        • Harold Smith

          The prophet Daniel and John of Patmos apparently saw the same scenario unfolding but from a different perspective. I think Trump’s acquittal by the senate is the symbolic consummation of a process that began with the 9/11 false-flag terror attack: The overthrow of the constitution and the rule of law, and the consolidation of power in the executive branch. This would be three horns of the beast uprooted and replaced by one little horn; Daniel 7:8 = Revelation 13:11. The two horns of John’s second beast (Rev 13:11) are the legislative and judicial powers that have been de facto ceded to the “president.” BTW look up the meaning of the name “Donald” at babynamewiard(dot)com. You’ll see “Donald” means “world ruler.” They call him “The Donald” which means “the world ruler.”

          • Xoli Xoli

            This is true online with biblical prophecies. May God bless you man.Thank you so much for the scriptures and google link.

          • Harold Smith

            You’re welcome Xoli. BTW here is a short youtube video that you might find interesting www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=RyuYm5PvGRI

  • occupybacon

    Excentric billionaire vs excentric bus driver

  • Jake321

    At least 5 times as many countries recognize Guaidó as Prez than Maduro. Guaidó was just democratically re-elected head of the democratically elected Assembly which in the current situation makes him Prez under the Constitution there. Maduro’s election was found to be invalid by the OAS and Maduro thus not to be the legit Prez.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      Goydo never stood in a presidential election you muppet.

      The only recognition that matters, comes from the Venezuelan people who VOTED for the President that they have.
      The OAS does what the big boss tells them ffs, only Nazis support Goydo and the US, Nazi scum like you.

      • Jake321

        The election of Maduro has been held to be illegal by international bodies and more important by the democratically elected National Assembly. Under the Venezuelan Constitution the Head of the Assembly becomes Prez until there is a new National election for Prez. The Assembly just re-elected Guaidó it’s Head. Thus, Guaidó is the legal Prez of Venezuela and NOT Maduro. For Maduro to stay as Prez is illegal and unconstitutional. Try to keep up.

        • Peter Jennings

          You’re jabbering and not making much sense. It may be that your comment contains too much bullshit.

          Guido, a leader? take another look at the fratboy. He has pompeo’s hand up his arse working the mouth.
          The people of Venezuela hate Guido’s guts and want to spread them across the street. He barely got through the airport on his last arrival, although his final departure back to the US won’t be so traumatic. That won’t be too long and could include the use of a very big diplomatic bag.

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          US controlled bodies ffs, no one but Nazis accept the US or any other peoples view outside of Venezuela.
          Goydo was ousted by his own opposition, not by Maduro who stands for a different party.

          Again, you Nazi runt, Goydo has never stood for President, you Nazi runt.

  • Peter Jennings

    The US/nato infiltration and coups which has been occurring in most if not all South American countries can come to any country, at any time. The only deciding factor seems to be disagreement and non-cooperation with UN and US agendas. Those agendas are dictated by conmen, asset strippers and slave owners.

    A fruitless US blockade of Venezuela will go onto the list of failures. Old habits die hard, and usually become toxic. Speaking of which, most of america doesn’t have clean tap water yet they concern themselves with a democratic leader in a far off country trying to do his best for his people and against the very companies who have made american tap water unfit to drink.

    • Xoli Xoli

      Truly speaking you are right. My support to this comment.

  • MikeH

    I wonder how well Venezuela is set for anyi-ship missiles. I bet they are in good shape and have prepared for this already.

  • GuyQ

    Fuck Truump

  • LR captain

    what im seeing right now is a complete lack of political/media power of the US in the region. Then weakening of the economic power the US can project in the region.

    So now Washington is resorting to military power to make up for loss of the other two.

  • verner

    did the iranians put up a 80 million bucks bounty or not -if not someone must act with alacrity and make certain the threat to the people of the world (excluding jews) is removed utterly mercilessly (and when that is done terminate the jews in palestine. 80 million bucks should take care of idiot trump and possibly fatso as well. needs to be an arab of some serious wealth putting up such bounty – but hurry!