President Donald Trump’s common sense foreign policy is falling apart, thanks in large part to rogue actions conducted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton that have undermined his ‘America First’ mandate.
Bolton is claiming without evidence that “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” coming from Iran are justifying an additional military presence in the region.
Pentagon deploying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Middle East based on new threat from Iran: statement
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 7, 2019
This comes just two days after Bolton issued a statement declaring that the U.S. would unleash the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as well as a bomber task force to the Middle East to show Iran who’s boss.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” said Bolton, who supported every disastrous military intervention of the Bush and Obama regimes.
While Bolton inflames hostilities in Iran, Pompeo is busy pressing for conflict in Venezuela. With socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime hanging by a thread, U.S. meddling has given the fledgling regime a rallying cry to regain popular support.
Agradezco a todo el pueblo venezolano, su valentía, coraje y conciencia frente a este intento de golpe de Estado frustrado. Han demostrado que un pueblo movilizado es garantía de tranquilidad para la Patria. ¡Venezuela es Territorio de Paz e Independencia! pic.twitter.com/CjOhzxpjH4
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 1, 2019
Saludo a los líderes, lideresas, gobiernos, movimientos sociales e intelectuales del mundo por sus pronunciamientos, muestras de solidaridad y apoyo a la Constitución, a la democracia y al Gobierno Bolivariano que presido. ¡El Pueblo de Venezuela les Agradece! pic.twitter.com/XAnRvUABJa
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 1, 2019
Pompeo’s failure has only caused him to become more belligerent in his threats against Venezuela.
“The President has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do,” Pompeo said during an appearance on the Fox Business Network.
He made it clear that the U.S. will ultimately decide who rules over Venezuela, and that their will will be imposed by force if necessary.
“We’d prefer a peaceful transition of government there, where Maduro leaves and a new election is held. But the President has made clear, in the event that there comes a moment — and we’ll all have to make decisions about when that moment is — and the President will have to ultimately make that decision. He is prepared to do that if that’s what’s required,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo may claim to speak for the President, but that is not necessarily the case.
After talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, it does not seem as if Trump’s mindset is congruent with his hawkish advisers any longer. After faux-president Juan Guiado’s “revolution” that was largely promulgated for the TV screens fizzled out in a day, Trump is beginning to change his tune on Venezuela.
“He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela, other than he’d like to see something positive happen,” Trump said about Putin last week. “I feel the same way.”
“The president of Russia underscored that only the Venezuelans themselves have the right to determine the future of their country,” Putin’s office said in a press release.
“Attempts to change the government in Caracas by force undermine prospects for a political settlement of the crisis,” Putin’s office continued.
Much to the chagrin of the weathered military-industrial complex disciple Pompeo the mustachioed warmonger Bolton, Trump reportedly believes that a war in Iran would be another Iraq-style disaster – thanks in large part to the lobbying work of non-interventionist Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
“You do not have the permission of Congress to go to war with Iran,” Paul said to the squirming Pompeo last month as he tried to weasel out of answering a question directly. “Only Congress can declare war.”
Pompeo takes great pride in deceiving the American public, actually having the audacity to claim that the deep state’s disinformation campaigns remind him “of the glory of the American experiment.”
President Trump will have to remain wary of the neoconservative war hawks scheming within his administration, unless he decides to remove them and replace them with conservative ‘America First’ patriots.
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YIKES: Venezuelan Patrol Boat Sinks After Ramming German Cruise Ship
Not the most illustrious incident for Venezuela.
A Venezuelan naval patrol boat ended up sinking after an altercation earlier this week with none other than a German cruise ship.
A statement from Columbia Cruise Services of Hamburg, Germany, explained the oddball confrontation between the luxury cruise ship RCGS Resolute and the Venezuelan naval patrol boat Naiguata.
The Venezuelan boat had radioed the cruise ship, that wasn’t carrying passengers, and demanded to know of the ship’s intentions as it passed by the Venezuelan territory of La Tortuga island. The Resolute’s crew had been carrying on engine maintenance in the area, maintaining they were operating in international waters.
After the cruise ship refused to comply with a demand that it approach the Venezuelan port of Puerto Moreno, the fast boat approached it after midnight on March 30th.
Crew from the Naiguata are said to have fired small arms at the Resolute, after which the boat tried to approach the ship in an effort to force it to change course to Venezuelan territorial waters. The much smaller Venezuelan vessel failed to realize the Resolute had a reinforced hull in order to allow it to sail in icy waters.
The Naiguata suffered serious damages from the repeated collisions with the cruise ship. It began to take on water and efforts on part of the cruise ship’s crew to contact the vessel went totally unanswered. Columbia Cruise Services say the Resolute left the area after receiving word from an international maritime agency that no assistance would be needed, and the Venezuelan crew of the patrol boat were later rescued.
Nicolas Maduro tried to explain away the extremely embarrassing incident for socialist Venezuela, claiming that the luxury cruise ship was carrying foreign mercenaries planning to carry out operations against the country. He described the unarmed luxury cruise ship’s presence north of his country’s territorial waters as a “act of terrorism and piracy.”
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