Southern Command says it’s only a matter of time until Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is overthrown
The head of U.S. Southern Command told Congress that the military is preparing themselves in response to the power struggle in Venezuela, developing contingency plans in the event that dictator Nicolas Maduro is dethroned.
Admiral Craig Faller told the House Armed Services Committee that he believes it is a matter of “when,” not “if,” when it came to Maduro being ousted, and that opposition leader Juan Guaido would likely take the helm.
“[T]here is going to be a day when the legitimate government takes over, and it’s going to come when we least expect it,” said Faller. “And it could be right now, so we are calling it ‘day now’ planning.”
There is already great speculation amongst defense analysts that the U.S. has deployed Special Forces -either in the past or currently- to assist in the overthrow of Maduro.
However, Faller’s statements shed light on a much bigger operation to come in the event that Guaido takes power, and it includes a taxing rebuilding of the mismanaged nation.
“[T]he magnitude of the misery is going to require every element of international unity that currently exists,” he said.
Faller also pointed fingers at Cuba, Russia, and -to a lesser extent- China, who have all played a role in backing the Maduro regime. On the ground in Venezuela, around 20,000 Cuban forces and an unknown number of Russian military assets are currently working to contribute against the revolt.
“It’s significant, and it’s contributing to the devastation,” said Faller.
Meanwhile, at the White House, President Donald Trump made his stance on Cuban intervention quite clear.
If Cuban troops and militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete … embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba,” the president tweeted.
According to the Washington Examiner, around 3.5 million Venezuelans are believed to have fled the country.
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