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.
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U.S. Intelligence Reports that China Hid the Extent of the Wuhan Virus Outbreak
According to a Bloomberg report, China has not been forthcoming about the extent of the Wuhan Virus in its country.
It has apparently, under-reported “both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.”
The officials requested to stay anonymous because the report is confidential and declined to give further details about its contents. The main takeaway though is “that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.”
The White House received this report last week, according to one of the aforementioned officials.
The pandemic originated in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has officially reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. America, on the other hand, has 189,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths which is allegedly the largest publicly and reported outbreak in the world.
“The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 on CNN. “What appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, and maybe as much as a month earlier than that, that the outbreak was real in China.”
China imposed one of the strictest lockdowns of all nations afflicted by this pandemic. However, the Chinese government has not been transparent about its recording strategies and is constantly changing its methods for recording cases.
Republicans have been skeptical of the numbers coming out of Beijing.
“The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false,” declared Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. “Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime.”
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has called on China to be transparent about their outbreaks.
“This data set matters,” he said during a news conference in Washington on March 31, 2020. The development of medical treatments and public-health measures to combat the virus “so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired,” he asserted.
The Wuhan Virus pandemic illustrates the pitfalls of globalism and global integration at all costs.
When authoritarian regimes like China are treated like equals on the international stage in terms of trade and migration, Western countries could be susceptible to demographic displacement, national security breaches, viral outbreaks, and corporate espionage.
This sage may be the wake-up call the West needs in trying to socially distance itself from China.
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