As his socialist regime is circling the toilet, Venezuela strongman Nicolas Maduro is raising the specter of US invasion:
Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has been claiming for months that most of his country’s problems are the result of an economic war being waged against Venezuela by the United States. Now, with the country collapsing into chaos and opposition figures turning in nearly two million signatures for a recall referendum, Maduro is taking his invasion conspiracy theory to a new level. The NY Times reports:
Venezuela’s military is ready for the looming invasion by the United States.
That was the message President Nicolás Maduro seemed eager to convey over the weekend as he presided over a military exercise that put his country’s troops and weaponry center stage in the midst of a political crisis.
“We’re as ready for an invasion as we’ve ever been,” Mr. Maduro said during a speech, standing in front of an armored vehicle…
Mr. Maduro’s government has been hyping the threat of an American invasion for several weeks. In April, propaganda outlets controlled by the state reported on a supposedly leaked document from the American military that detailed the invasion plan. The document, titled “Venezuela Freedom-2 Operation,” is bogus, a said Col. Lisa Garcia, a spokeswoman for the United States Southern Command.
Needless to say, America is not about to invade Venezuela. This is classic strongman behavior, i.e. find a foreign threat to distract people from their own worsening misery.
Go here to read the rest. If Maduro wasn’t such an unimaginative thug, I might almost suspect him of being clever. One of the more profitable undertakings any nation, except the US, can engage in is to declare war on the US and be swiftly beaten. In flows endless foreign aid. This basic truth was satirized in the 1959 movie The Mouse That Roared where this stratagem was seized upon by the bankrupt Grand Duchy of Fenwick. Sadly, their strategy failed because they ended up winning, hilariously, the war. Who knows? Perhaps that fear of winning is holding Maduro back. With Obama at the helm the US might lose a war against Venezuela.