The plan for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is no longer a neoconservative fantasy, but a carefully crafted contingency plan going through the stages that often precede U.S. “humanitarian” interventions.
Since it was first introduced in June of this year, much has been written about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that directs how the U.S. Department of Defense can and cannot use its funds over the course of fiscal year 2018. However, much of the coverage regarding the NDAA has been focused on a number of amendments that have been added to the bill by various members of the House and Senate — including amendments, which later failed, on ending the military’s use of indefinite detention without trial and the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), long criticized as a “blank check” used to by the government to continuously wage war without congressional input.
The back-and-forth over amendments added to the bill by Congress has led to significant delays in the bill’s passage — which, however, remains highly likely according to political analysts.
Yet, one focus of the NDAA, so far overlooked and likely to remain in the final version of the text, pertains to Venezuela, a nation that has found itself in Washington’s crosshairs for its socialist government and defiant stance against U.S. South American policy.
In a report prepared justifying the NDAA’s approval and presented by the House Armed Services Committee, an entire section is devoted to “Venezuela Security and Stability,” a reference to the concerns regarding the country’s economic crisis – worsened by low oil prices and U.S. sanctions – as well as the political tensions between the ruling United Socialist party (PSUV) and the U.S.- funded opposition.
The committee is concerned about U.S. Government contingency planning if a collapse of the Venezuelan Government and economy occurs. Therefore, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with other Federal Government agencies and departments that the Secretary deems appropriate, to provide a briefing, which may be classified, to the House Committee on Armed Services not later than September 30, 2017, on U.S. Government contingency plans for a potential humanitarian and migration crisis in Venezuela if its Government and economy collapse, to include the Department of Defense’s roles and responsibilities and assets [emphasis added] that would contribute to such plans.”
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