U.S. International Affairs Venezuela faces an economic crisis, high crime rates and ongoing protests against President Nicolás Maduro. And now Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has suggested a U.S. military intervention. In an interview with Univision 23 in Miami earlier this week translated from Spanish to English, Rubio, a vocal opponent of Maduro’s regime, said he would not rule the military option out. “For months and years, I wanted the solution in Venezuela to be a non-military and peaceful solution, simply to restore democracy,” Rubio said. “I believe that the Armed Forces of the United States are only used in the event of a threat to national security. I believe that there is a very strong argument that can be made at this time that Venezuela and the Maduro regime has become a threat to the region and even to the United States." But critics of U.S. military action say it’s a bad idea. A better … [Read more...] about Marco Rubio: U.S. Military Intervention Could Solve Venezuelan Crisis
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Raising the possibility of a U.S. military strike, President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the latest apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, telling reporters that he would soon meet with Pentagon leaders on the U.S. response. “Nothing is off the table,” the President said flatly when asked about U.S. military action. Reports from the Syrian opposition indicate around 40 people were killed in the chemical attack, which took place in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital. “It was an atrocious attack, it was horrible,” Mr. Trump said. “You don’t see things like that – as bad as the news is around the world – you just don’t see those images. A chemical weapons attack tied to the Syrian government almost exactly one year ago drew a U.S. military response, as the President ordered a series of cruise missile strikes, which struck a Syrian military air base. “We are meeting with our military,” the President … [Read more...] about Trump denounces ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, raises possibility of U.S. military response
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Rachel Sigman by Rachel Sigman April 2 at 7:00 AM A man walks past political campaign flags in Accra, Ghana, in 2016, the year of the country’s last presidential election. (Sunday Alamba/Associated Press) A new agreement between the U.S. military and Ghana prompted “Ghana First” rallies last week in the capital city of Accra. The agreement updates the 1998 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The U.S. is providing an estimated $20 … [Read more...] about Will ‘Ghana First’ protests threaten a U.S military agreement?
President Trump warned North Korea Tuesday that any U.S. military action would be "devastating," CBS News correspondent Major Garrett reports. Mr. Trump said that U.S. armed forces were "totally prepared" to respond, one day after North Korea threatened to shoot down American warplanes. He also vowed to "fix the mess" in North Korea, and said Kim Jong-Un was acting very badly. In the Rose Garden Tuesday, Mr. Trump spoke aggressively about potential military action against North Korea. "If we take that option, it will be devastating. I can tell you that," he told reporters. American B-1 bombers flew in international airspace, but nearer than usual to North Korea's east coast, over the weekend, and U.S. intelligence detected signs Tuesday that the north was preparing an attempted intercept of the next U.S. bomber flight. On the east coast, in Orang, MiG-23 jets were fitted with external fuel tanks, and in Iwon, MiG-29 jets were armed with air-to-air missiles. Because North Korea … [Read more...] about Trump warns of “devastating” U.S. military option in North Korea
PENTAGON -- When it comes to North Korea, the U.S. military has been "locked and loaded" for years. The motto of the 28,000 American troops in South Korea -- as well as long range bombers based 2,000 miles away on Guam -- is "Fight Tonight," meaning be ready for an attack that could come with little or no warning. They will become even more ready later this month when 3,000 more troops arrive in South Korea for one of several exercises held each year. Ballistic missile defenses in South Korea, Guam and the U.S. are kept on alert in case North Korea launches a missile in their direction. On Guam, local officials took the added precaution of putting out a bulletin explaining what to do in the event of nuclear attack: "Do not look at the flash or fireball -- it can blind you." Officials say if the North fired a missile at the American homeland or a U.S. military base overseas, the Pentagon would first try to shoot it down. Then second, the U.S. would … [Read more...] about U.S. military has long been “locked and loaded” when it comes to North Korea