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What Business Does the U.S. Have in Venezuela?

President Trump said that regarding Venezuela, we have many options, including military.

Is it possible that Rumsfeld or other war hawks have entered the White House through the backdoor and are now making policy? Where is our beef with Venezuela, unless we look at it as a great source of oil, if we were ever smart enough to make a deal.

Here is what Mish Shedlock, an economist, has to say about it. He speaks for millions of Americans who are sick and tired of the US interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

Don’t we have enough internal problems we should solve first? Everything the US has done abroad after WWII was an absolute disaster. We have the worst diplomats who wouldn’t know how to negotiate a sale of a boat in a flood. We have the worst military leaders who had to finally invade the little island of Grenada to have a victory. We have the crooked politicians on a scale of Zimbabwe and political corruption similar to China.

Before we tell other countries how to run their countries, and spend trillions of dollars of taxpayer money doing so, shouldn’t we clean up our own backyard?

“Dear President Trump: What The F* Business Is Venezuela Of Ours?”

Authored by Mike Shedlock via,

Dear President Trump, forgive my harsh language, but since you and your staff can use harsh language, why can’t anyone else?

I ask because you stated: “We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary.”

Dear President Trump, here are some additional questions that I am sure are on the minds of nearly everyone familiar with the story.

Ten Questions for Trump

1.    Are you willing to “own” the problems in Venezuela?

2.    What does “necessary” mean?

3.    Did US nation building in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan work?

4.    Did not Vietnam turn out OK starting the moment we left?

5.    Did the US intervene to stop hyperinflation in Zimbabwe? Argentina?

6.    Are there not more repressive regimes in Africa?

7.    What’s different about Venezuela?

8.    By any chance is this about oil?

9.    Other than oil, what the F business is Venezuela of ours?

10. Regardless of your threats and concerns, when has US nation building ever worked?

I thank you in advance for your answers.

Bonus Question

Dear Mr. President, I almost forgot: How do you propose we pay for a military solution in Venezuela?

I voted for you and would appreciate some answers.

OUR CONCLUSION: We would pay for it as we have for everything else: call up the Fed and ask them to buy another trillion dollars of US Treasury debt.