Tensions Rise As US Announces Military Drills Near Embattled Venezuela

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VIa TheAntiMedia.org,

The involvement of the U.S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U.S.

The drill, dubbed “Operation: America United,” will involve the installation of a temporary military base on the triple border shared by the drill’s other participating nations: Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

According to Theofilo de Oliveira, the top general of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the U.S. military will carry out the drill along with the three Latin American nations this November over a period of ten days. The Brazilian military has asserted that the objective of the exercise is to “ develop greater knowledge, share experiences and develop mutual trust.” Brazilian government officials have strongly denied rumors that the exercise will lead to the establishment of a multinational military base in the Amazon.

The U.S. was invited to participate by Brazil’s unelected president Michel Temer, who has notably boosted Brazilian military spending by 36 percent while simultaneously freezing public spending for two decades through a controversial constitutional amendment.

A friendly relationship with Brazil’s military is key for the U.S.’ strategic interest in South America. As Hector Luis Saint Pierre – coordinator of international security, defense and strategy at the Brazilian Association of International Relations – told the BBC: “Brazil is a strategic partner for the doctrine of the military. If the United States has a good relationship with the Brazilian navy, it is easier to spread its message among the military in the region.”

Pierre pointed out that the drill is of particular interest to the U.S., as it presents an opportunity to focus on the political situation in Venezuela. According to Telesur, President Donald Trump has already met with the presidents of Peru and Colombia to discuss the U.S.’ interest in Venezuela.

As MintPress has previously reported, Venezuela has been the target of ongoing economic warfare as the U.S. continues to disrupt the leftist government first brought to power by the late Hugo Chávez. While Nicolás Maduro – Chávez’s successor – certainly bears some of the blame for Venezuela’s current situation, the U.S. has worked to covertly devastate the Venezuelan economy through a combination of sanctions and oil price manipulation.

With its cash reserves quickly dwindling as a result, Maduro’s embattled government will likely go bankrupt at some point in the next several months, as nearly 70 percent of its remaining reserves must be used to pay back interest on loans from foreign governments. When “Operation: America United” begins, the situation in Venezuela is highly likely to be much more dire and Maduro’s government on the verge of collapse.

In addition, the U.S. has funneled millions to Venezuelan opposition parties since the failed U.S.-led coup against Chávez in 2002, having spent an estimated $50 to $60 million since Chávez’s election on bolstering the country’s right wing. Now, that figure is set to grow substantially as the U.S. Senate is set to vote on a bill that would funnel millions more to the Venezuelan opposition, as well as unnamed non-government organizations.

The bill, titled the “Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act,” seeks to offer $10 million in “humanitarian assistance” to Venezuela and another $10 million for “democracy promotion.”

As the bill itself points out, the U.S. is extremely interested in the financial situation in Venezuela, particularly due to U.S. concerns that Russia may gain control of Venezuelan oil infrastructure if the Maduro government ends up declaring bankruptcy.

Within the text of the bill, concerns are raised regarding Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA and its transactions with Rosneft, a Russian state-owned oil company. As TeleSur noted: “fearful that PDVSA could default on its $4- and $5-billion dollar loans from Rosneft, regardless of Venezuela’s steadfast debt repayments, the bill warned that Rosneft could come into control of PDVSA’s U.S. subsidiary, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, which ‘controls critical energy infrastructure in 19 States in the United States.’” Seeing as Russia has already seized Venezuelan oil for unpaid bills despite their political alliance, this fear is not unfounded.

While the U.S. has held drills in South America in the past with little fanfare, the timing and location of the new drill, as well as the nations involved in it, have raised speculation about the U.S.’ current objectives in South America.

Given the U.S. fear of Venezuelan oil becoming the property of the Russian government, as well as the U.S.’ documented history of overthrowing and undermining leftist governments in Venezuela, “Operation: American United” may be less of a drill and more of what its name implies – a way to bring Venezuela, along with other South American nations, back into the fold of U.S. influence.

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takeaction's picture

What are we going to take?  All of the WalMarts have been looted..??

https://www.yahoo.com/news/looting-ravages-venezuela-unrest-death-toll-h...

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BuddyEffed's picture

Is the equivalent of bring back all round eyes coming to that theater soon?

HowdyDoody's picture

Venezuela has approximately 0 military resources (compared to the US), so there is a reasonable change the US might win any military action it invokes. I bet the X-37B that returned a few days ago has got extremely high resolution images of all the schools, hospitals and churches that the USAF/CIA will need for their drone and bombing operations.

NoDecaf's picture

In hyperinflationary Venezuela, November is light years away.

and we may not be far behind by then, judging by the first 100 days that is.

we could close that gap very quickly.

 

peddling-fiction's picture

S-300's are there to meet and greet the invaders.

Su-30's and F-16's.

115K Army and very large Reserves 438K

700 tanks and 700 APV's

Trump is now El Chucky.

FU Trump. Yanqui go home.

Blue Balls's picture

Their will to fight has been degraded from years of socialist mismanagement.  Just a guess but I don’t see much of a fight occurring as long as a promise is made to pay the government hacks when the invasion was over.

JRobby's picture

The US "rescues" all countries! Especially if they are "dictatorships"  or better yet "socialist dictatorships"

We show them the "correct" way to rule! All it cost is all your resources and oh yes, your soul.

Richard Chesler's picture

The country is already run by "socialist" thugs and thieves.

How much worse could it be really?

 

Gold...Bitches's picture

All they want is the gold to rehypothecate.  If you paid attention you would have noticed that all of these countries that were "liberated" by the USA or through 'revolution' (cough "CIA" cough) very soon thereafter had their gold taken out of the country for "safekeeping" by the USA.  Over and over again.  I keep being told its just a pet rock, yet the powers that be seem hell bent on getting as many pet rocks as they can as soon as the govt topples wherever it may be.

peddling-fiction's picture

How about thugs and thieves with nukes setting out to start WW3 ?

Nexus789's picture

Another plonker that thinks its a 'socialist' problem. The IMF has been defacto 'managing' that country's economy since 2009 and Venezuela was on Clinton's hit list when she was pretending to be Sec of State and probably still is given US actions. First you own the financial system, then you put in your flunkies, then create an economic crisis to justify intervention and then you go steal the people's assets. Go read 'The Confessions of an Economic Hitman'. 

ShrNfr's picture

An army run by a bus driver. That should be a real show.

peddling-fiction's picture

That is like saying the U.S. Armed Forces are led by a reality show host. LOL

The VE Armed Forces are led by a loyal pro.

His name is Vladimir Padrino López.

Is your insight into LA dictated by EIKON?

<chuckle>

TeraByte's picture

Another army run by a lawyer, whose leadership´s  ingenuity became proven in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. 

Rjh's picture

LOL Syria has S-400s. It's not helping them very much.

ZeroHedge is filled with idiot doom-and-gloom, Russian appeasers. Sickening.

peddling-fiction's picture

Go fly now in the no-fly zones tough guy.

Bullish for the MIC.

Back to back WW quarterbacks. Others did the heavy lifting.

Only Japan. <chuckle>

Rjh's picture

LOL, Israel did a few weeks ago.

Russia is just making money selling weapons to the Syrians. It's laughable that you think they give a fuck about a 98% muslim country. Russia did the same thing with Libya.

Do some critical thinking, fag.

peddling-fiction's picture

The no-fly zones on the de-escalation zones went into effect less than a week ago.

Are you sniffing glue or guided by the Talmud to mislead goyim?

There is a special southern no-fly zone in Syria. Go try that again.

I saw its location and knew it was a message to Yahu's boys. <grin>

Sadly you are the one with 8 years of traumatic experience of having a faggot-in-chief.

Nexus789's picture

It's also full of ill informed dolts like yourself. 

Mtnoise255's picture

How much of that junk actually still works?

peddling-fiction's picture

I would redirect that question towards U.S. hardware.

Tomahawks lost their bearings and axheads recently and only scratched an airfield.

Russian bombing effectiveness in Syria is noteworthy.

Are you gringos still using floppy disks for fire control authorization?

serotonindumptruck's picture

Venezuela does have extensive oil reserves, albeit of the sour crude variety.

The USSA imports approximately 13% of their domestic oil consumption from Venezuela, which makes them a viable military target.

General Smedley Butler is rolling in his grave.

Gold...Bitches's picture

While I still say watch out for the gold grab of the yellowish variety, oil ain't called black gold for nothing.

shovelhead's picture

How dare those Russian try to collect on a debt by taking OUR Venezuelan oil?

gallistic's picture

More likely targeting civilian infrastructure, (think water, electricity, communications, bridges) so there is a "humanitarian catastrophe" that makes an overt US intervention more palatable to the masses.

 

R2P- "Exceptional USAmericans" will ride in and save the day, (making it ten times worse of course) steal everything of value, and ensure future revenue streams and complete domination of governance.

It is a time-tested formula that works every single fucking time.

Nexus789's picture

They will probably award more campaign medals than the number of empire storm troopers involved.

Great Deceivah's picture

What does Venezuela have?

Biggest oil reserves in the world, fool.. 

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Gee, where on this Earth are we Not engaged in some form of military intimidation maneouvers...?

E.F. Mutton's picture

Those Eskimos are awful quiet of late.  No doubt they're up to something.  Better send a few dozen tanks to be sure.

Dun_Dulind's picture

It might serve our interest in the region to arm B-52s with bread and toilet paper instead of bombs.  

Stanley Kubrick's picture

C'mon, bro. Grow up.

Ain't no $$$ to be made in World Peace (or World Health), ya know?

rosiescenario's picture

I think that Trump should appoint Bernie as ambassador to VZ so that he can help get their socialist system back on the right track.

This is it's picture

Gold bullish? Not a chance. 

rockstone's picture

Wait.....another war for oil?? In South fucking America?

SHEEPFUKKER's picture

Hugo was already murdered and the AU stolen, now they're(not we) going for the oil. 

tmosley's picture

Yeah, just like the nothingburgers in Syria and North Korea.

Peanutz really don't get negotiations.

Ignatius's picture

This should drive the gold price down another $5.

I swear I can't remember a time in my life since Oct '62 when geo-political tensions have been so high, yet the gold price yawns.

chrsn's picture

Military Industrial Complex win

Shizzmoney's picture

LOL the CIA ready to move in and take that oil, baby.

I hope all of you guys are proud with your candidate

Pure Evil's picture

Maybe you should take your money and Shizz all over yourself.

BarkingCat's picture

The candidate I am very proud of.

I am however not too crazy about the guy who moved into the White House. 

me or you's picture

Chaos all over the world...no good.

Yen Cross's picture

  How nice. The DOD was invited to take part in a "sanctioned" arms dealer show.

 The U.S. was invited to participate by Brazil’s unelected president Michel Temer, who has notably boosted Brazilian military spending by 36 percent while simultaneously freezing public spending for two decades through a controversial constitutional amendment.

HowdyDoody's picture

Temer has also blocked a criminal investigation into corrupt politicos - namely himself and his buddies.

Consuelo's picture

 

 

Let's see...

 

North Korea

South China Sea

Black Sea

Ukraine border

Poland

Turkey/Kurds

Venezuela

 

You know, if one wanted to $bankrupt a highly indebted hegemon, what might they do...?

HowdyDoody's picture

You missed Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Montenegro, Macedonia ...