President Trump Can’t Attack Venezuela with Navy Aircraft Carriers

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David Axe

Security, Americas

No. Can. Do. Here’s why.

President Trump Can’t Attack Venezuela with Navy Aircraft Carriers

History explains why the Florida-based Southern Command is the smallest and least heavily-armed of the Pentagon’s 10 unified commands. SOUTHCOM’s permanent forces number just 1,200 civilians and uniformed personnel.

A failed coup attempt targeting Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro on April 30 ended in confusion and failure. Russian and Cuban advisors and a strong core of the Venezuelan military continues to support Maduro amid economic collapse and widespread protests.

(This first appeared several weeks ago.)

U.S. president Donald Trump in 2018 threatened military action against Maduro but didn’t make good on the threat. Washington instead imposed sanctions in order to pressure Maduro to step down.

But at least…

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