The British daily The Times looked at recent threats from the United States about a military attack on Venezuela, noting that a military operation in that country would require at least 25,000 American soldiers.
“President Trump says that “all options are on the table” and his national security adviser carries a paper with a handwritten inscription saying “5,000 soldiers in Colombia” – Venezuela’s neighbour and an ally of the United States. So, what could the Pentagon have planned if it wanted to use the army to dismiss President Maduro? “A military operation in Venezuela requires the presence of between 25,000 and 30,000 American soldiers, especially since the success of this operation depends largely on the loyalty of the Venezuelan military forces to Nicolas Maduro,” says the British daily, which then refers to a former Pentagon official.
In another part of this article, the author discusses the position of Venezuela’s neighbours regarding a possible US military attack on this oil country: “Colombia has announced that it will not support or participate in a military operation against Venezuela either, but Brazil, which now seeks to please the Americans, will decide otherwise”.
In the meantime, the commander general of the US army, General Mark Stammer, will soon arrive in Colombia, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik
\The news of the impending visit of Stammer, commander of SouthCom “United States Southern Command”, to Colombia, comes in the midst of confusion caused by the American National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about the United States’ plans in Colombia and Venezuela. At a meeting on January 28 on the new US sanctions against Venezuela that would target the state-owned company PDVSA, Bolton was photographed holding a yellow notepad indicating “5,000 soldiers in Colombia”.
On January 21, mass demonstrations began across Venezuela and lasted several days. Two days later, the Speaker of Parliament, Juan Guaido, declared himself the “interim president” of the country. President-elect Nicolas Maduro said Washington was organizing a coup d’état against him. Russia stressed that it supported Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela.