US President Donald Trump reportedly raised with advisers the idea of imposing a naval blockade against Venezuela for over a year, suggesting anchoring the US Navy along the Venezuelan coastline.
However, this project has no legal basis and, moreover, it would consume already overburdened Navy resources, which have already been stretched in Asia and in the Middle East.
It would need massive, massive amounts of resources; probably more than the US Navy can provide.
Trump is frustrated that the Venezuelan opposition failed to oust constitutionally-elected Maduro in April in 2019. Meanwhile, the US regime sought to strangle Maduro with escalating anti-humanitarian sanctions.
Venezuela has been rocked by unrest since January when Guaido proclaimed himself the country’s interim president and was recognized by the United States and dozens of other nations.
Maduro, recognized by China and Russia among numerous other countries, has accused the United States of seeking to overthrow his government and install Guaido in a bid to get hold of Venezuela’s vast fossil fuel resources.
Guaido made a fresh attempt to depose Maduro on 30 April, staging a demonstration in front of La Carlota military base in Caracas. However, the attempt “failed completely”.
The office of the Venezuelan prosecutor general requested 18 arrest warrants to be issued in connection with the coup attempt.
The head of Venezuela’s Constituent National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello – a member of Maduro’s inner circle – allegedly opened up a secret communication channel with Washington.
An aid to Cabello has, however, rejected the notion that Cabello was somehow betraying Maduro.
The Trump administration reportedly views Cabello as an important power broker, and some officials claim that the Venezuelan opposition’s April uprising would have allegedly succeeded if Cabello had been involved.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.