As the North Korean crisis continues on, President Donald Trump appears to be provoking tensions with yet another country.
Trump suggested this week that he may call for military action against government forces in South America in the coming weeks. The government of Venezuela has faced instability and evidence of corruption in recent months, and Trump is reportedly planning to lash out at the leadership there.
“I’m not going to rule out a military option,” he told reporters during a brief appearance while vacationing at his New Jersey club. “ … Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and they’re dying,” he said. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”
Trump continued, “But a military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue.”
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis that Caracas disparaged as “craziness.”
Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority of the opposition-controlled congress.
“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.
Many Americans and many other observers around the world agree that some action should be taken to help the people of Venezuela. However, almost nobody would agree that Trump is well-prepared to lead that effort.
There is very little doubt that Trump will make matters worse with his reckless behavior and terrible military strategy. America should be offering non-military aid to people who need it at this point, but boots on the ground should be out of the question. It’s disturbing that Trump would even be flirting around with that idea.
How long before Trump and the rest of the Republicans realize that we cannot be the policemen of the whole entire world? Every time we get involved – especially when a Republican happens to be holding the White House – it always turns into a disaster.
Wake up, America – don’t let Trump lead us into another senseless war!!