February 7, 2019
The recent blockage the bridge at the Colombian border to prevent humanitarian relief supplies from entering Venezuela is further evidence that that Nicholas Maduro has no intention to resign the presidency of Venezuela. Pursuant to the Venezuelan constitution, Juan Guaido has become the legitimate president as recognized by the US, Canada, all of the major countries of South America and many others.
The Venezuelan military is still largely controlled by Maduro, and they are being deployed to intimidate supporters of Juan Guaido.
In a yet unconfirmed report noted by The Economist, the Russians recently sent 400 para-military personnel to Venezuela.. The mission of this goon squad is to protect Maduro from enemies within, which is now performed by Cuban security specialists. These are all classic moves from the “Dictator’s Playbook” as used by Russia, Turkey Cuba, Syria and others. With their support Madoro is copying the survival plan used by Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.
To counter these actions, we suggest that Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, together with the US and Canada, immediately dispatch appropriate naval ships, such as amphibious support vessels, to operate offshore Venezuela. The mere presence of these vessels would give strong incentives for Venezuelan military personnel to abandon Maduro and pledge support to the new Guido government.
The operation of any vessel in international waters is often done to confirm freedom of the seas. It is not an act of war, but it would confirm the Allies capability to do so. This proposed deployment should be implemented as soon as possible.
Byron K. Varme
January 29, 2019
The Trump administration should be commended for taking action to end of the appalling dictatorship of Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela. On January 12th Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US was recognizing the interim government of Juan Guaido, the leader of the Venezuelan Parliament, as the legitimate government of the country. Removal of a president as a result of a flawed election is a provision in the Venezuelan constitution.
Through careful advance work by the US foreign affairs team, Canada and almost all of the countries of South American (excepting Bolivia and Uruguay) recognized the new government shortly after the United States. Of course, Nicholas Maduro disputed the legitimacy of the interim government, and the effort to remove Maduro was also condemned by Russia, Turkey, Iran, China and Cuba. The condemnation by this Club of Dictators provides the strongest possible endorsement of the validity of the new government.
At this time, Maduro still has the support of the leadership of Venezuela’s military whom have greatly profited from his regime. Whether this support extends down the ranks is in doubt. Also, he has a palace guard of security professionals provided by Cuba, indicating a distrust of his own countrymen for this assignment. However, with the prestige of the United States on the line, and with the support of most of the Free World, it is unlikely that the Trump administration will allow him remain in power even if it eventually involves military intervention.
We hope this action will soon lift the yoke of oppression from the long-suffering Venezuelan people.
Byron K. Varme
I strongly believe that as a sovereign nation the US should have full control over who can enter the country. This implies that border areas that are not legal entry points should have various forms of barriers with signs denoting the border and drones to detect violators. The structure and locations of these barriers, including some concrete walls, should be determined by experts in ICE who have the responsibility to bar illegal entry. It is not be necessary to construct a new Great Wall of China to accomplish this legitimate objective.
Byron K. Varme
Sept 10, 2018
The Senate’s vote to confirm the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court was a very welcome triumph of reason over emotion. There was, on both sides of the aisle, an understanding that Justice Kavanaugh has superb legal qualifications for this job. For almost all Democrats, that was a major part of the problem. They were seeking another Justice who shared their view that the Supreme Court should be an active partner in promoting their social policies. However, this is in conflict with the mission of the Court, as stated in the oath of office, “To support and defend and protect the Constitution of the United States…” There appears to be no doubt on either side that Justice Kavanaugh will live up to that commitment. That is good news for the country.
Byron K. Varme
The suspense is over! On June 1st President Trump announced that the meeting with DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un that he canceled just last week was now on again and the two leaders will have their summit in Singapore on June 12th as previously scheduled. It appears that it will probably happen.
This is good news. By agreeing to meet the “Little Rocket Man” President Trump essentially defused the crisis atmosphere that prevailed in 2017 when the DPRK launched a series of ballistic missiles and carried out underground nuclear tests. This welcome change was further enhanced when President Moon of South Korea invited the North Korea to participate in the Winter Olympic Games.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian supporters, Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei, may have done a great favor to President Trump.
The air attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 6th reportedly killed over 40 men, women and children with chlorine gas, considered a weapon of mass destruction and universally banned. Based on Trump’s recent comments expressing his intention to withdraw all US forces from Syria. Al-Assad et al presumably assumed they could get away with this attack unscathed. However, Trump tweeted they would pay a “Big Price” for this heinous action.