In a worrisome interview last night with Tucker Carlson on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla presented his case for supporting the downfall of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. During a part of the interview, Diaz-Balart expressed his concern that Russia may have placed nuclear weapons to prop up the Venezuelan Marxist regime.
“Imagine if this regime that now is receiving a lot of international pressure survives, is it or is it not potentially a green light, an open door for the Russians and for the Chinese and for others to increase their activity against our national security interest right here in our hemisphere, “Diaz-Balart told Carlson.
Carlson pressed the congressman and Rep. Diaz-Balart responded.
Carlson pressed the congressman on if he thought anti-American forces would invade the U.S.
“No. It’s kind of hard to see what you’re talking about. Are you suggesting they are going to invade?” Carlson asked.
“The United States, the closest we ever came to nuclear war was because the Russians put missiles, right, nuclear missiles in Cuba,” Diaz-Balart said.
“Are you saying the Russians will put nuclear missiles in Venezuela?” Carlson asked.
“What I am suggesting is that they are already there,” Diaz-Balart said. He did not offer any evidence. Russia famously landed a nuclear-capable bomber in the country late last year and recently confirmed that it has military personnel in the country. – Fox News
The incident that Fox News refers to, happened this past December when two Russian Tu-160 bombers landed in Caracas in what many believed was a show of force and challenge to President Trump. Russian Ground troops have arrived in the South American nation in recent weeks, as have naval forces in the form of submarines. Many believe these troops are there to support Maduro and perhaps evacuate him if his regime falls.
Still, others believe Russia has no intention of abandoning their South American allies. Russia has sold Venezuela billions of dollars worth of tanks, fighter aircraft, small arms and other weapons systems. They have also provided near $15 Billion in loans during Venezuela’s financial collapse. To lose Maduro’s regime now would mean losing tens of billions of dollars invested in the failing regime.
The Trump Administration has put constant pressure on the Maduro regime to stand aside and allow Venezuela a peaceful transition back to democratically elected rule. So far, the Venezuelans have not heeded the US’s warnings.
In what many would call a “Second Cold War”, we may very well be seeing our first major crisis. Not unlike a crisis millions of Americans remember. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. We forced the Soviet Union to back down then without the use of force. This time we might not be so lucky.
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