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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 01:43 AM

Pentagon developing military options to deter Russian, Chinese influence in Venezuela

Source: CNN


By Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne and Zachary Cohen, CNN 9 hrs ago


The Pentagon is developing new military options for Venezuela aimed at deterring Russian, Cuban and Chinese influence inside the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, but stopping short of any kinetic military actions, according to a defense official familiar with the effort.

The deterrence options are being ordered following a White House meeting last week where national security adviser John Bolton told acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to develop ideas on the Venezuela crisis.

The official emphasized strongly that the initial work is being done by the Pentagon's Joint Staff, which conducts planning for future military operations along with the Southern Command, which oversees any US military involvement in the southern hemisphere.

And even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said that "all options" remain on the table for dealing with Venezuela, several Pentagon officials continue to say there is no appetite at the Department of Defense for using US military force against the Venezuelan regime to try to force it from power.


Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pentagon-developing-military-options-to-deter-russian-chinese-influence-in-venezuela/ar-BBVXTfa?li=BBnb7Kz

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Reply Pentagon developing military options to deter Russian, Chinese influence in Venezuela (Original post)
Judi Lynn Tuesday OP
Shell_Seas Tuesday #1
Bayard Tuesday #2
atreides1 Wednesday #6
Left-face Tuesday #3
Cold War Spook Wednesday #7
Firestorm49 Tuesday #4
Judi Lynn Wednesday #8
lagomorph777 Tuesday #5

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:39 AM

1. Does Trump know about this? I don't think he'd approve.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 10:00 AM

2. Of course its Bolton

Stumping for another war. With him, military intervention is always on the table.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 09:54 AM

6. As long as he doesn't have to go!

John Bolton is a very brave man, he loves war and is an advocate for military intervention...as long as he doesn't have to go!

Like Trump, Cheney, and Limbaugh...Bolton is a coward and has been one all of his life!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:42 AM

3. Elections matter

You can all rest assured that if war in Venezuela starts it'll be right on time for the election season. Does anyone think even one body bag will return to US soil in time for the election to take place? I didn't think so.

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Response to Left-face (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 11:39 AM

7. I don't think that a war with Venezuela will go over with the American voters.

I think that American voters are tired of these wars. The majority of voters will blame Trump for the deaths of American soldiers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:51 PM

4. The last two paragraphs appear to contradict each other.

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Response to Firestorm49 (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 04:53 PM

8. Last two paragraphs of the excerpt, or of the full article? I read both, don't see it, yet. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 01:49 PM

5. Can we have them work on options to deter Russian & Chinese influence in the USA?

Holy crap this is insane.

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