"Attack Venezuela!?" Ron Paul Rants "Trump Can't Be Serious!"

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

He told reporters on Friday that,

“We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary. …We have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.”

Venezuela’s defense minister called Trump’s threat “an act of craziness.”

Even more worrisome, when Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro tried to call President Trump for clarification he was refused. The White House stated that discussions with the Venezuelan president could only take place once democracy was restored in the country. Does that mean President Trump is moving toward declaring Maduro no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela? Is Trump taking a page from Obama’s failed regime change policy for Syria and declaring that “Maduro must go”?

The current unrest in Venezuela is related to the economic shortcomings of that country’s centrally-planned economy. The 20th century has shown us very clearly that state control over an economy leads to mismanagement, mal-investment, massive shortages, and finally economic collapse. That is why those of us who advocate free market economics constantly warn that US government intervention in our own economy is leading us toward a similar financial crisis.

But there is another factor in the unrest in Venezuela. For many years the United States government, through the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy, and US government funded NGOs, have been trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government. They almost succeeded in 2002, when then-president Hugo Chavez was briefly driven from office. Washington has spent millions trying to manipulate Venezuela’s elections and overturn the results. US policy is to create unrest and then use that unrest as a pretext for US intervention.

Military officers play an important role in defending the United States. Their job is to fight and win wars. But the White House is becoming the war house and the president seems to see war as a first solution rather than a last resort. His threats of military action against a Venezuela that neither threatens nor could threaten the United States suggests a shocking lack of judgment.

Congress should take President Trump’s threats seriously. In the 1980s, when President Reagan was determined to overthrow the Nicaraguan government using a proxy army, Congress passed a series of amendments, named after their author, Rep. Edward Boland (D-MA), to prohibit the president from using funds it appropriated to do so. Congress should make it clear in a similar manner that absent a Venezuelan attack on the United States, President Trump would be committing a serious crime in ignoring the Constitution were he to follow through with his threats. Maybe they should call it the “We’re Not The World’s Policeman” act.

Comments

jeff montanye dasein211 Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:20 Permalink

so far trump is a blow hard (imo by design) but has done precious little war.  the man is obviously juggling on a teeter totter so it may take a bit longer to accomplish his ends.  it's a good think russiagate has started going his way.http://g-2.space/sixmonths/https://www.truthdig.com/articles/time-to-re…’s-left-russiagate-–-are-we-down-1000-paid-trollshttp://archive.is/lD4BV

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wee-weed up Billy the Poet Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:38 Permalink

   Hey folks, I like and admire Ron Paul BUT...Trump said they had a contingency plan for attacking Venezuela???Hell, the fukin' US military has a "contingency plan"...For attacking every country on earth...That's part, and has always been part, of their "what if" planning.Get real... get a grip...Trump is not going to launch a military attack Venezuela!No way - no how!Geeez!!!BUT if the unthinkable should happen...And if the ChiComs or Ruskies were to come into a vacuum if Maduro was overthrown...That's a completely different situation and all bets are off.

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metaStable HockeyFool Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:04 Permalink

Ron was never a US Senator. He was a US Representative from 14th and 22nd districts from Texas.As far as accomplishments go, here is one:Driving on NH Rt 101 in 2008 (or could be 2012), I remember a group of supporters all donning a Ron Paul for President shirt, open carrying a side arm (NH is open carry), picking up litter from the highway. The sight was both bizzare and euphoric. Here was a group of people, united behind an idea (anyone who has followed Ron long enough will tell you that his candidacy was always about the idea and never about himself) doing community service while openly declaring their support for the person they believed was the best candidate to lead the US.As an immigrant, I could not help but marvel at that assertive rally of support.Now, please name another politician who inspires his/her supporters to be a force for good rather than shouting out, cursing, and inciting violence against the ones they disagree with.

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SheHunter wee-weed up Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:52 Permalink

You have no idea and I have no idea if Trump is posturing or if he is being led with a nose ring by the MIA.  Why would he bring up attacking Venezuela for any reason except he was spoon fed by his military mentors that it is good for the US to invade Venezuela and overthrow their government.  If Trump sticks his nose into yet another military confrontationI am through with him.

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GUS100CORRINA dasein211 Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:24 Permalink

"Attack Venezuela!?" Ron Paul Rants "Trump Can't Be Serious!"My response: Ron Paul needs to relax and take a CHILL PILL. ATTACK is not exactly the word I would use since that is not what was said.The dictator in Venezuela is OUT OF CONTROL murdering everyone around him. Venezuela is now occupied by Iran, the Russians, Hezbollah and other nefarious factions. So let's not make any rash assumptions before we have all the facts.

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Albertarocks Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:04 Permalink

I'm finally starting to wonder about Trump's sanity as well.  Who here thinks a country with "at least" $20 trillion of debt can afford more wars?  I mean, c'mon, don't you think the USA is broke enough already?  Broke is quickly turning into "broken".

Iskiab DieSocialJusti… Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:42 Permalink

There's more going on in Venezuela than you hear about in the media. Venezuela isn't a 'controlled economy', it's socialist like most of Europe. They're having supply shortages and whatnot, but that makes no economic sense. There are people who want to buy stuff and have the money, but no one's willing to offer it? None of the Venezuelan socialist programs should effect supply.

It's basicly a coup attempt by Venezuelan corporate interests. They're restricting supply to cause unrest. It's as deep state as you can get. I'd also be shocked if the CIA or other American agencies weren't involved as well. Chavez claimed the CIA tried to assassinate him multiple times, he was probably right.

Right now if your country produces oil you're really unfortunate. Producing oil means you're on the US's hit list.

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Memedada hxc Tue, 08/15/2017 - 05:48 Permalink

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Maybe. But why are corporate controlled US (i.e. fascist US) so keen on making sure no experiment into alternatives to capitalism (societies based on private control of capital/the means of production) fails? Why not “let it fail” on its own (if that is so certain)? The CIA involvement is obvious. The economic hitmen are in action too. In other words Venezuela is a created crisis. Only when the US Empire is finally gone will there be real experiments into alternatives to hierarchical economies – i.e. experiments into anarchism and real democracy (including different versions of socialist economies). And no, Scandinavia are not socialist countries (otherwise  they would be targetted too). They are capitalist countries with a high tax rate (relative) - that is, they are capitalist countries with a system of redistribution. The economy is pure capitalism (i.e. based on the private ownership of the means of production). To be socialist the economy itself needs to be commonly, socially or publicly owned. Taxing a capitalist economy does not make it socialist. It is all about property regimes. Very few US-plebs get this… wonder why...not.

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Iskiab hxc Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:47 Permalink

Maybe, but the US is just as socialist as Venezuela. The difference between the countries is Venezuela subsidizes the people and politicians pockets, the US subsidizes corporations and politicians pockets.

Look at US foreign policy for corporate interests, crazy military spending and the military being used for corporate interests, bank bailouts, all government institutions in the US helping the industries their supposed to monitoring to the detriment of US citizens. If you think the US economy is free market you're missing the bigger picture, and there's a massive debt as proof for who's paying for it.

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dasein211 Nobodys Home Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:28 Permalink

Since Hitler, no white power or black panther group has even come close to being as brutal as the Cartels. The yakuza maybe or Isis for sure, but not whitey.... maybe some African militias were brutal like that in Rwanda but that's being desperate and starved to death. Cartels are a bane. Innocents pile up like a slaughterhouse. They have no soul. Be careful of the fights you want to pick. It's a heart of darkness.

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