Pompeo Says US Prepared to Take Military Action in Venezuela

02.05.2019 - Pressenza London

Pompeo Says US Prepared to Take Military Action in Venezuela
(Image by Common Dreams screen grab Fox video)

“If That’s What’s Required”

The team that brought you Iraq seems to thrive on death, destruction, and spending workers’ hard earned tax dollars,” said one anti-war activist

Jodie Evans, co-founder of the anti-war group CodePink, denounced Pompeo’s remarks as an “outrageous threat.”

“The team that brought you Iraq seems to thrive on death, destruction, and spending workers’ hard earned tax dollars,” Evans tweeted.

In an appearance on MSNBC just hours after Pompeo’s interview, national security adviser John Bolton echoed many of the Secretary of State’s talking points while continuing to make the Orwellian claim that the coup the Trump administration is supporting in Venezuela is somehow not a coup.

“If [Guaido] holds constitutional legitimacy as we believe, trying to take control of the government is not a coup, it’s his constitutional obligation,” Bolton told MSNBC‘s Andrea Mitchell. “The coup that we’re worried about in Venezuela may have already taken place through the insertion of tens of thousands of Cuban security forces.”

As Common Dreams reported, progressive advocacy groups and lawmakers have condemned the Trump administration’s support for the attempted coup and urged the U.S. to stop interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

“Bolton, Pompeo (and Guaido) say they want a ‘peaceful transition,’ even while creating chaos in the streets and calling for a military coup,” Gerry Condon of Veterans for Peace wrote for Common Dreams on Wednesday. “In recent years, we have been overwhelmed by endless wars on multiple fronts.  Will Venezuela be one more such war? No, we say. This will not stand.”

 

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