Republican Senator Rick Scott called for the United States to consider a military intervention in Venezuela on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Such suggestions in the past have evoked a strong response from the Russian government, which has said a potential intervention would have “catastrophic” consequences.
In English and Spanish, Scott tweeted out “People are suffering. People are dying. In our hemisphere. On our watch. The aid in this warehouse can feed 30,000 people for 10 days, but Maduro’s blocking it. It’s clear that we’ll have to consider American military assets to deliver aid. [Nicolás Maduro] has left us no choice.”
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) April 24, 2019
Over the last few years, Venezuela’s disastrous socialist experiment has left it vulnerable to outside forces such as China, Cuba, Iran, and Russia. Naturally, this has worried interventionists in the U.S. State Department.
With the U.S.’s decision to back Juan Guaidó’s declaration as Venezuela’s Interim President in January, this geopolitical conflict has escalated over the past few months.
Countries like China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, Syria, and Turkey have recognized Maduro’s government, whereas the U.S. and numerous Western governments have recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
The Maduro government blocked American humanitarian aid in February, which resulted in the U.S. and its allies placing more sanctions on Venezuela.
Russia responded by sending military personnel in March, an action which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo labeled as “unconstructive”.
Scott gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute saying that “We must not appear weak in the face of Chinese, Russian, and Cuban determination to prop up Maduro.”
The Senator added, “Our adversaries question our will and our determination. Put simply, they don’t think we’re serious.”
Despite Scott’s hawkish takes on Venezuela, the Trump administration has maintained a level-headed approach so far.
BLP highlighted how Secretary of State Pompeo discarded the idea of intervention in Iran earlier this week.
It appears that this same non-interventionist approach will likely carry over to Venezuela.
For America First advocates who want a restrained foreign policy, these latest moves are positive signs.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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