The US Begins to Understand that a Military Option Could Be Unavoidable
The US government is increasingly confronting the uncomfortable reality that a military option may be the only way to force Maduro from power.
The US government is beginning to understand that a military intervention is needed in Venezuela in order to achieve the exit of the Nicolás Maduro regime, and would be willing to act if Juan Guaidó requests it.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said in an interview that his country is prepared to undertake military actions to alleviate the crisis that Venezuela enduring, especially in the wake of interim President Juan Guaidó’s call for the armed forces to defect.
— CNN Chile (@CNNChile) May 1, 2019
Mike Pompeo assures that the United States will intervene militarily in Venezuela “if that is what is required.”
“The president [Donald Trump] has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If necessary, that’s what the United States will do,” said Pompeo.
“We would prefer a peaceful transition of power, with the departure of Maduro and the holding of new elections, but the president made it clear that at some point, a decision must be taken,” said the top US diplomat. “He is ready to do the right thing,” he said, alluding to Trump.
And with the passing of days and the increasing severity of the crisis in Venezuela, both the United States and the democratic governments of the world have witnessed that Maduro is not willing to abandon power by peaceful means.
In fact, Craig Faller, head of the Southern Command of the United States said Wednesday, May 1 that “every security challenge and threat in our hemisphere is aggravated by the crisis in Venezuela.” In addition, according to the AFP news agency, the interim US Secretary of Defense canceled his trip to Europe because of the crisis in Venezuela.
— Agence France-Presse (@AFPespanol) May 1, 2019
Yesterday, Tuesday, April 30, Juan Guaidó, together with recently liberated political leader Leopoldo López, led an uprising with a small contingent of the military in order to force the resignation or exile of Nicolás Maduro. However, the dictator is alleged to have remained in the country on the orders of Russia and Cuba, which maintain political and economic interests in Venezuela.
“Venezuelans have already done what the world asked, and played by the rules, now it is time to comply with the will of the Venezuelan people, and it is clear that it will only be by force,” Diego Arria told the PanAm Post regarding a necessary foreign intervention to help restore democracy in Venezuela.
We must remember that the international community has a “green light” to enter Venezuela, after the Supreme Court of Justice in exile opened the doors to a military coalition intervention on a peace mission.
With the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice in exile, the interim government of Guaidó is legally entitled to request the formation of an international coalition to enter Venezuela
In an opinion issued on February 8, the judges authorized Guaidó and the National Assembly to request member countries of the international community to open said international channel “by diplomatic means or by any other, including a military coalition on a mission of peace.”
It is too early to determine the outcome of Guaido’s uprising, but Maduro suffered a serious blow when it was revealed that the head of Venezuela’s intelligence service, the SEBIN, had defected and was supporting Guaido.