As anyone who’s been reading me knows I’ve been writing a lot about whether the Trump administration will overthrow — with or without the help of Latin American puppet regimes — the government of Venezuela. I’ve been going back and forth on the matter, but for the moment I believe, and pray, that President Trump is not going to authorize an invasion.
As I said in my most recent piece, one reason I keep changing my mind is that I’m doing daily reporting. A second reason, and the key one, is that no one knows what’s going to happen — not the Pentagon nor the oil companies active in Venezuela nor the American hedge funds promoting regime change nor Marco Rubio, the pro-war, corrupt Florida senator — except for President Donald Trump.
But based on what I’m reading in credible news reports — meaning nothing in the New York Times nor Washington Post — I’m pretty sure Trump doesn’t want war, at least in Venezuela. He knows, from his decades-long corrupt business career on numerous continents, that war is bad for business.
Of course, freak show lunatics like Rubio, John Bolton and Elliott Abrams are doing all they can to convince Trump to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. But despite wavering, Trump looks — again, I emphasize, for now — like he’s not going to go along.
I’m not saying Trump is pro-peace. There is a high probability that his administration will get involved in a war or two or three before he leaves power. The biggest risk is that he launches a needless, stupid war with Iran, which is the wettest dream of John Bolton, among other neocons in the Trump administration. (And as the excellent Trita Parsi recently noted.)
None the less, in Venezuela Trump appears to be the most lucid member of his nut job administration and the only thing standing between an invasion and the continuation of the current U.S. policy of strangling the Maduro government with sanctions in hopes of provoking the Venezuelan military to overthrow him.
(Note: This column is partly based on interpretation of the news, but also on what I have heard from multiple sources, including one person close to Trump’s government who said he was confident Trump would not invade Venezuela.)
The Democrats certainly aren’t going to block an invasion, including the spineless Congressman from Vermont and soon-to-be two time failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. And speaking of Sanders, he just hired long-time liberal journalist David Sirota as a senior adviser and speechwriter.
Since December, David Sirota has, on Twitter, on his own website, and in columns in The Guardian, been trashing most of Sanders’s Democratic opponents—all without disclosing his work with Sanders—and has been pushing back on critics by saying that he was criticizing the other Democrats as a journalist. He centered many of his attacks on Beto O’Rourke, but he also bashed Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, Mike Bloomberg, and even Andrew Cuomo.
Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager, confirmed in an interview on Tuesday afternoon that Sirota had been in an advisory role prior to his hiring on March 11. “He was advising beforehand,” Shakir said, explaining that Sirota’s informal work for Sanders goes back months, and was meant to be a trial period to see how the senator, who famously likes to write every word that he says himself, would work with a speechwriter.
Coming soon at Washington Babylon: “Two Other Good Things Trump is Doing on Foreign Policy”