Isn't it 'strange' (or not) that as soon as a country begins to move it's GOLD around, the US Military wants to 'suddenly' move in to 'save' them and send them democracy ? :-)
The U.S. has also issued sanctions against Venezuelan gold, which the White House has warned “don’t trade in Venezuelan gold, amid claims Russian plane took 20 TONS from country’s central bank back to Moscow,” Dailymail reported.
Despite this, Bolton has stated, “intervention in Venezuela is not imminent” even while seemingly threatening to send the current Venezuelan President, Nicolįs Maduro, to the U.S. military prison at the Guantįnamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba if he does not soon step aside.
By Aaron Kesel
According to a State Department source, corroborated by a video news report, U.S. troops are already along Colombia’s border. This comes as Venezuela has reportedly moved military armaments and ammunition to Colombia’s border as well. Meanwhile, Russia has threatened the U.S. amid announcing its withdrawal from the Cold War Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, following suit by suspending the agreement.
Although it’s not 5,000 troops along the border; a source said the U.S. was propagandizing 5,000 troops on John Bolton’s notepad to hide a larger troop count of 30,000+ proposed to Colombia.
This writer’s source stated that recently a former Pentagon official stressed the fact that if the U.S. was to get militarily involved it would need way more than 5,000 troops. The former official was reported by The Times. “A military operation in Venezuela requires the presence of between 25,000 and 30,000 American soldiers, especially since the success of this operation depends largely on the loyalty of the Venezuelan military forces to Nicolas Maduro,” the official told The Times.
A news report by Vesti, a Russian news outlet, corroborates my own source who stated U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is already down on the ground in Colombia. For those that don’t know, SOUTHCOM’s Area of Responsibility encompasses 31 countries and 16 dependencies and areas of special sovereignty, which includes Colombia, according to its website. The U.S. already has nine military bases in Colombia, so to say that it wants to send only 5,000 troops to Colombia is a ludicrous claim! There are already troops there!
These are additional troops that Bolton and the Pentagon want to send to Colombia. Then there are 76 total bases in Latin America, as of 2018, according to this writer’s knowledge. On that regard, the maximum number of military personnel and contractors allowed in the country at a time by U.S. law is 1,400, as The Guardian reported when a Colombian constitutional court ruled U.S. access to more bases in the country was illegal because it wasn’t approved by legislators at the time in 2010.
Further, a little bit of digging and you will find there was an alert last year in February, where the former head of Southern Command, Kurt Tidd, met behind closed doors with Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas and other senior officials. In this meeting, the Colombian president emphasized the importance for the region of what was worded as “restoring the democratic channel in Venezuela.”
A prominent place appears to be assigned to two fast-acting US military bases installed in the communities of Vichada and Leticia, in the Colombian department of Amazonas, bordering Venezuela in the southwest of the country, according to reports.
These bases, which are added to those already existing, represent an important step in the military occupation of Colombia, considered by the late US Senator Paul Coverdell as a necessary preliminary action to invade Venezuela.
Also, the 2009 military agreement between Washington and Bogota allows Americans greater access to military bases, including Palanquero, considered strategic because of its position in the Americas.
In the siege of Venezuela, the US assault troops stationed in the ‘control and monitoring’ bases of Reina Sofķa, in Aruba, and Hato Rey, in Curaēao, and the operations center would have a seat in the base of Palmerola, in Honduras, the largest foreign installation of that nature in Latin American territory.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that in September the Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela to discuss their plans to overthrow President Nicolįs Maduro, according to American officials and a former Venezuelan military commander. Although, The NY Times states in its report that American officials eventually decided not to help the plotters, the plot itself and intention is even documented in MSM. The Trump administration certainly isn’t trying to hide its effort being put forth to invade Venezuela be it covertly or overtly. As this article will document they are just continuing operations from past administrations.
It’s the same story over and over again from Panama in 1903 to Iran, 1953; Guatemala, 1954, to Congo, 1961; Vietnam, 1963, to Chile, 1973, to Iraq 2003, and so on. Just different players and a different game board (country); the end goal is always regime change and overthrowing the leadership of a country (the U.S. doesn’t have control over) by whatever means, even if illegal. Although typically what you will find throughout history the U.S. starts by placing sanctions to weaken the economy, then complain about the people living in poverty under the leader of another country.
We can even trace efforts for U.S. regime change in Venezuela back to 2010, due to leaked WikiLeaks Stratfor emails discussing such actions through using the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), a CIA front company. H/T Gray Zone Project.
“Success is by no means guaranteed, and student movements are only at the beginning of what could be a years-long effort to trigger a revolution in Venezuela, but the trainers themselves are the people who cut their teeth on the ‘Butcher of the Balkans.’¯ They’ve got mad skills. When you see students at five Venezuelan universities hold simultaneous demonstrations, you will know that the training is over and the real work has begun,” Stratfor wrote.
At a meeting on January 28th on the new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela that target the state-owned company PDVSA, Bolton was captured by the mainstream press holding a yellow notepad indicating the potential to send “5,000 soldiers into Colombia.” This writer’s source claims that this is utter “bullshit propaganda” since the U.S. already has troops stationed on the ground in Colombia in its nine military bases, including the Southern Command, and the effort to start ramping up the invasion of Venezuela started last year.
The source further states that the “U.S. government’s military plans will potentially go into effect sometime within the next 6 months while the shorter time frame is more likely,” as South Command’s new lead Vice Adm. Craig Faller just met in Venezuela with little media attention besides the Russian video report above. Many may deem this as propaganda by the Russian government; however, the source states the meeting did indeed take place, even if the Russian outlet stretched the facts about Southern Command by not telling viewers they have been in Colombia stationed, the bigger story is the meeting with Faller. (This writer dug deep and could not find any press or press releases stating the meeting even took place.) This means that the meeting in part was meant to be kept secret from the public, which is always a sign that something nefarious is in the works.
However, what this writer did find was an article suggesting Venezuela had moved its own military to its border, an interesting coincidence of geopolitical moves taking place to say the least. This also backs a meeting by Faller and Troops, Colombian and U.S. protecting the Colombian border. “Residents of Eastern Venezuela have posted footage of heavy artillery systems, main battle tanks and military equipment moving towards the Colombian border,” Defence Blog writes.
U.S. President Donald Trump has stated that “all options are on the table,” which means military invasion is a possibility. The source states that this decision is already well decided by top brass they are determined for regime change “war”; and to reiterate, military movements could start as soon as within the next 6 months. Of note, a press release by the White House last year in November deemed Venezuela one of Washington’s top regime change targets, branding the country the leader of a “troika of tyranny.”
The Gray Zone Project, further reports:
According to the Venezuelan government, the U.S. was also involved in a plot, code-named Operation Constitution, to capture Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace; and another, called Operation Armageddon, to assassinate him at a military parade in July 2017. Just over a year later, exiled opposition leaders tried and failed to kill Maduro with drone bombs during a military parade in Caracas.
The official narrative is that the U.S. wants to help Colombia deal with a surge of Venezuelan immigrants against the country. However, the true motive of the U.S. is known because John Neo-con Bolton blabbed his big mouth by stating the U.S. wanted Venezuelan oil.
“It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela,” Bolton told Fox News in an interview this week.
“The reason is seizing the oil of Venezuela, because we have the largest oil reserves, we confirm that we have the largest reserves of gold in the world, we have the world’s fourth-largest gas (reserves), have large reserves of coltan , diamonds, aluminum, iron, we have drinking water reserves throughout the national territory, we have energy and natural resources,” said Venezuelan president Maduro.