President Trump Says Blockading Venezuela a Possibility

The U.S. administration has recently announced that blockading Venezuela is being considered as a strategic response, as  the crisis in the South American country continues.

This consideration was revealed almost backhandedly by the president late last week during a meeting with the media while en route to a rally in Cincinnati.

Asked by a reporter whether he was considering blockading Venezuela given the amount of involvement by China and Iran in Venezuela, Trump said: “Yes, I am.”

Trump did not elaborate on his supposed “plan” to cut off Venezuela from the rest of the world. But such a move does have potential in moving things in the right direction for the impoverished, crisis-ridden nation.

Trump has slapped a series of escalating sanctions on Venezuela to pressure socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro to step down. Trump has also made a point of not ruling out military action. But U.S. officials have made clear that they are focused on economic and diplomatic measures and have shown no significant signs of taking up more aggressive options.

The problem with this position is, Venezuela has several patron nations keeping it afloat and giving it assistance, from its natural regional ally Cuba, to China and Russia.

A blockade could give Trump the ability to apply more active force by making it more difficult for Venezuela to receive outside assistance, while at the same time not going through with an all-out invasion of the country—an option Trump had allegedly pushed for earlier this year. This would allow the U.S. to avoid direct confrontation with the foreign troops that have been gathering to assist Maduro for the past several months. Russia has dispatched small numbers of troops to the South American country. Similarly, there is strong evidence that Iranian personnel, including actual Hezbollah operatives, have become entrenched in Venezuela.

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Samuel Siskind

Samuel Siskind studied intelligence research at the American Military University in West Virginia. He served as a squad commander in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Corp of Combat Engineers, in the Corps' ground battalions and later in its Intelligence Wing at regional and divisional stations. For the past five years, Samuel has worked as a consultant and researcher on physical and information security issues for private and governmental institutions, in the US, Africa, India, and Israel. He currently lives in Jerusalem.

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