Options for a military intervention in Venezuela may not yet be “fleshed out in detail” but those of us of a certain age who remember other bloody and ultimately costly interventions may recognize some of the telltale signs of an administration ready to flex it’s military muscle – and possibly spend some additional American lives – in order to secure another source of fossil fuel.
While some may view the ongoing street demonstrations and political shift underway as yet another example of a Latin American country in turmoil we might ask ourselves why the United States appears so interested and poised for a move into the region.
Venezuela isn’t merely the latest Latin American country to experience such a meltdown. While our leaders would obviously like to see the country’s current strongman moved aside – the underlying reason for our interest is simply that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world with American companies already on scene and profiting.
While the current administration may posture and pose as champions of democracy in the region, the real endgame appears to lie in the oil-rich sands of the Orinoco, our leaders with a history of utilizing our formidable military power in order to secure similar fields in our past.
Instead of beating the drums of regime change and, perhaps, a bloody cicil war waged in the name of democracy, our leaders may be advised to seek an alternate track – developing alternatives to the fossil fuels that drive them to the type of incursions that have ended so disastrously in the past.
It would be nice to think we are the democracy we pretend to be for a change, instead of the oil company with an army we seem to be.
Larry Stallworth/ Pleasanton