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Although it is likely that for years there have been plans for an invasion of Venezuela, in recent weeks it seems that the last touches were made to what appears to be a complex and far-reaching operation.
In a combination of measures typical of the so-called Non-Conventional War, with actions of disinformation and manipulation of public opinion, the United States leads this complex coup plan and is accompanied by its main regional allies.
A serious indication that measures of military political pressure are on the rise is the deployment of the aircraft carrier attack group Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) whose base port is in Norfolk, Virginia.
This grouping is made up of six escort vessels, the Ticonderoga missile cruiser of the USS Leyte Gulf class (CG 55), the Arleigh Burke class destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Gonzalez (DDG-66), USS Mason (DDG- 87) and USS Nitze (DDG 94). These are joined by the Spanish frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F-104).
The CVW-7 air squadron travels on board the CVN-72, equipped, among other means, with Lockheed F-35C Lightning II fighter-bombers, the most advanced aircraft of its type within the US arsenal and with a significant radius of action, although with a notorious history of technical failures and mismatches during its commissioning.
Said naval grouping began to carry out on January 25 the Comptuex naval exercises, destined to train the crews and the naval means before the deployment to fulfill warlike missions.
Navy vessels are ‘in the Atlantic Ocean’, according to an official note from the US Navy, although specialized publications say they are in areas close to the state of Florida.
However, its exact location and final destination are a well-kept secret of the Pentagon.
Experts consulted by Prensa Latina, in addition to highlighting the dangerousness of these movements, point out that in the first place they are aimed at intimidating the Venezuelan leadership, but if this objective is not achieved, they could be used in direct incursions against that South American nation.
In fact, such forces would not have to go much closer to the Venezuelan territory to develop attacks with their aerial means and missiles, because they are in a position to do so from relatively large distances, experts point out.
In addition, other means could participate in the attack, even from bases in the continental United States, although in no case would they act with impunity, taking into account the defensive systems available to the Venezuelan military.
The traditional pretexts for an intervention are raised: one of them is the protection of US diplomats and other citizens and interests of the northern nation.
The alleged need to protect Venezuelans is also raised in the face of the alleged existence of a humanitarian crisis or an alleged increase in repressive actions by local authorities.
Spokespersons of the Southern Command (CS or Southcom) said on February 20 that the command is ready to face “any scenario” in Venezuela, a statement that confirms recent denunciations from Cuba and the authorities of Caracas about intervention preparations.
Admiral Craig Fuller, head of that entity, launched that intimidating assertion when he received the commanding general of the Colombian armed forces, Major General Luis Navarro Jiménez, at the Southcom headquarters.
In fact, the CS is the entity that coordinates the operations of the North American armed forces in Latin America and the Caribbean, but its leadership does not have direct command over large combat units.
Its headquarters are located in Miami, Florida, where joint actions have been coordinated in recent weeks with units of the Special Operations Forces (FOE), many of which have their staffs in locations on the east coast of the United States.
In the naval field, the Southcom has the ships subordinated to the Fourth Fleet, which is in charge of operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Its headquarters is located at the Naval Base in Mayport, Florida.
Recent flights from facilities of the FSO units in the continental United States also tend to confirm the auguries of violent action against the Bolivarian Revolution.
These groups, made up of elite units of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Marine Infantry, would be among the first to enter into combat should a military aggression against the South American nation begin.
All this movement of forces and means adds to the unprecedented actions against the physical integrity of the Venezuelan leaders, whose most dangerous and significant example was the attempt to assassinate Maduro last August.
Either way, the machinery of war against Venezuela began to move, driven by President Donald Trump’s top advisers on national security and in the foreground under the aegis of Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
Any fortuitous or provoked event that takes place in the next few days around the delivery of the so-called humanitarian aid could be the initial shot to give the green light to the aggression, which would take different forms, from more ‘surgical’ blows against the command Venezuelan political-military or actions of greater importance.
Although congressmen are calling on the White House to consult with the Capitol before committing such unthinking action against Venezuela, the fact is that a limited military incursion can take place without the Legislative’s consent, the experts agree.
After committing a crime of this kind, Trump would present it as a fait accompli in the interest of the country’s ‘national security’ and would assume the possible political and human costs of that attack, which would surely encounter strong resistance from the aggressed nation
However, the most convenient thing is that the brains that are behind this chain of provocations, think twice that a military adventure against Venezuela would be just the start of a conflict of major proportions in the region. Let’s hope then that sanity prevails.