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Secretive meeting on US ‘military option’ in Venezuela reveals key figures of invasion push

Secretive meeting on US ‘military option’ in Venezuela reveals key figures of invasion push

Via RT…


A hawkish US think tank has hosted a secretive meeting on Venezuela, bringing together American and South American officials to discuss the “use of military force” in the country, investigative journalist Max Blumenthal told RT.

The exclusive piece shedding some light on the secretive gathering was published by the Grayzone portal on Saturday. Blumenthal has obtained a check-in list of a private roundtable dubbed ‘Assessing the Use of Military Force in Venezuela,’ which was hosted by the DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The roundtable was held on April 10, yet its check-list was misleadingly dated as April 20. The fact the meeting had actually taken place was confirmed to Blumenthal by its participants, whom he has reached for comment. They were not very eager to talk, though.

“We talked about military… uh… military options in Venezuela. That was earlier this week though,” research associate at CSIS’s Americas Program Sarah Baumunk said. She promptly grew nervous, adding that she didn’t “feel comfortable answering these questions” and hung up on the journalist.

Another listed attendee, a research associate with international strategy firm Hills & Company, Santiago Herdoiza, simply said it was a “closed meeting” without providing any details.

“They were extremely nervous that somebody in the media knew about the existence of this event. It was a very high-level meeting with basically the main people in Washington involved in making the sausage of Trump’s Venezuela policy and they wanted to keep it as private as possible,” Blumenthal told RT on Sunday. “It really does show that military options are being seriously considered at this point, after all other mechanisms that Trump has put into play seem to have failed.”

The list of participants is surely impressive – the roundtable has brought together former and incumbent military and civil officials from the US and South America, representatives of USAID and Organization of American States (OAS) as well as analysts from various think tanks. Several figureheads ‘appointed’ by the self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido were also in attendance.

Arguably the most high-profile participant of the gathering was Admiral Kurt Tidd, who until recently used to head the US Naval Forces Southern Command. Another listed participant – Roger Noriega – is basically Elliott Abrams-lite. Noriega is a veteran US meddler, with his activities dating back to the notorious Iran-Contras affair. He did not get the notoriety of Abrams and quietly held senior positions within the US administration throughout the years, focusing on Venezuela and coordinating the OAS.

Last October, he urged US President Donald Trump to appoint former Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield to lead the plans for a military invasion. The latter, also known for his involvement into murky meddling schemes against the country, participated in the roundtable as well.

The meeting was also attended by self-styled officials of Guiado’s “government” – public policy advisor Daniel Sierra and ‘ambassador’ to the US Carlos Vecchio. Participation of said “officials” sounds ironic given their previous efforts to advertise Guaido’s so-called ‘Plan País’ to reconstruct the country’s economy.

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When the plan was officially unveiled a month ago, the two have spoken a lot about “reestablishing Venezuela’s democracy,” protecting “individual economic rights and freedoms” and ensuring “citizen security.” Given the topic of the CSIS’s discussion, the figureheads of Guaido’s “government” don’t actually mind to bring this ‘prosperity’ to their homeland through a foreign invasion. It should not be surprising, though, since even the Plan País itself was unveiled at the Atlantic Council – the US and NATO funded think tank.

While the closest supporters of Guaido are pushing for foreign intervention, Blumenthal believes that regional partners of the US are quite reluctant to partake in it.

“Any US invasion of Venezuela would be contingent on the consent from the Colombian and Brazilian governments and its very unclear that they’ll get that consent,” Blumenthal said.

“Both governments are extremely worried about increasing the migration crisis, they are deeply worried about destabilizing the entire region and that’s absolutely what this would entail. And they are also worried about a counterattack from the Venezuela military, which is very competent.”

While talking of the “use of military force” in secrecy, the US continues to tempt Venezuelan citizens and officials with promises of lavish aid – which, of course, would only be possible if the legitimate President Nicolas Maduro is ousted. On Saturday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Washington will lead the effort to salvage Venezuela’s economy – which it has so far been strangling with sanctions.

“We’re going to be working on trying to put together a consortium of about $10 billion of trade finance that would be available for the new government to spark trade,” Mnuchin said.

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As shown in this article, the war in Syria is also likely a template for a war in Venezuela:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/04/syria-template-for-war-in-venezuela.html

At the very least, it appears that the current civil unrest in Venezuela is following the pattern set by Syria back in 2011 and that it is part of America’s new template for starting a regional war which will allow it to meet its global hegemonic agenda.

Contemplate the template
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Contemplate the template

All copies of MS Word supplied to Washington have multiple regime-change and wars of intervention templates included. It’s specified in the GSA licensing agreements.

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Venezuelan national militia to become part of armed forces — Maduro World April 14, 6:24 UTC+3 The Venezuelan president earlier called on people to join the national militia to defend the country CARACAS, April 14. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has sent a request to the Constitutional Assembly to integrate national militia into the Bolivarian Armed Forces. “I am asking the Constitutional Assembly and the General Staff to review the main charter of the Bolivarian Armed Forces, in order to grant a constitutional status to the Bolivarian national militia, to make it a part of the Armed Forces,” Maduro said… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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Is all of this scaremongering really necessary?

Olivia Kroth
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Constant pressure by scaremongering, that’s all it amounts to.

AriusArmenian
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AriusArmenian

What is left of ‘western civilization’ except for its vile elites that plot more plowing and plundering at the cost of immense suffering, death, and destruction.

Food for Thought
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Food for Thought

Did God just punish France for its multiple sins today? If so, then what awaits the rest of us?

Norah Dean
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Norah Dean

The problem is that not a lot of people get it, and if we’re to baldly state what is obvious to us about the worst of these ‘ elites ‘ most people think you are crazy or a conspiracy nut. The worrying thing now is that these so-called elites don’t seem to care that a small percentage of the public know the score, they don’t believe that they can be stopped in their desire to totally dominate the World. The US based World military / financial Empire is almost certainly going to make a move on Russia within the next… Read more »

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George A. Wrigley jr

The US needs to be Taken out. It should be a world decision; the world has to grow some balls and charge the US with all of the war crimes it is guilty of for the past 70 years.

Norah Dean
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Norah Dean

The US needs to be broken up like Germany was after WW2. The powers-that-be in the US, Rothschilds and Rockerfellers need to be held to account and neutralized.

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Never hankered much to Chavez. Never hankered much to turning Venezuela into another Algeria under French occupation either. Wouldn’t much want to be a newly installed ‘democrat’ walking the streets of a Guaido Caracas.

The Venezuelans could always say ‘It’s a mess but it’s our mess.’ No more of that, looks to me.

And don’t kid yourselves, even pre-Chavez, Venezuela was always an oil-rich basket-case. Two-Pence and Pompey just shinin’ folks on.

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