Praise for strong words, warnings about sending bullets, over Venezuela

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

MaduroA Cuban-born American is praising the Trump administration for supporting the overthrow of Venezuela’s dictator but a national security analyst warns about military invention.

Humberto Fontova, who fled Cuba in 1961 and has written extensively on freedom and Latin American politics, says it remains to be seen if Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has enough support to overthrow dictator Nicholas Maduro (pictured above). 

Guaido has been recognized by the United States and other democratic countries as the legitimate leader but Maduro is backed by Russia, Iran, and Cuba.

According to NBC News, Maduro is being protected by Cuban soldiers due to distrust of his own armed forces.

Fontova says U.S. support has helped, and he credits President Trump and national security advisor John Bolton for vocally supporting Maduro's ouster.  

“And I think the people down there in Venezuela are starting to recognize that, Hey, these guys are serious. Let's go over with the winning team,” Fontova says.

Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, also notes that Maduro is supported by military personnel from Russia and he notes there are reports Maduro was prepared to flee but was convinced by Russia to remain.  

“That makes Vladimir Putin really the puppet master here,” says Maginnis, “and Maduro is just the lackey."

On the topic of American intervention, however, Maginnis insists the United States should not spend blood and treasure to help Guaido, who is also a socialist, he says.

"That's a giant country. That's a capable armed forces," warns Maginnis, who describes any military mission as a "geo-political nightmare" for the U.S.

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