Do you remember the United States excuse for invading Panama? The main reason for the Panama invasion was for the U.S. to control access to the Panama canal.
Well, that same excuse that was used to invade Panama and control its canal could be used by Donald Trump to invade Venezuela and control its oil.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Monday, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking.
The executive decree, the result of a years-long investigation, is bound to ratchet up tensions between the new Republican administration and the United States’ harshest critic in Latin America. El Aissami is the most senior Venezuelan official to ever be targeted by the U.S.
This should not come as a track to anyone. During Trump’s campaign for presidency, he made it clear that if he was president during the Iraq invasion, he would have taken their oil. So it was expected that once he became president, Trump would be looking for somebody’s oil to steal.
The U.S. Treasury Department also sanctioned Samark Lopez, a wealthy Venezuelan businessman the U.S. described as El Aissami’s primary front man laundering proceeds through a network of companies in several nations. As part of the action, 13 companies owned or controlled by Lopez, including five in Florida, will be blocked and both men will be barred from entering the United States. Several real estate holdings in the Miami area tied to Lopez and worth tens of millions of dollars were also blocked.
There was no immediate reaction from the Venezuelan government or El Aissami, who has long denied any criminal ties. Lopez released a statement calling the actions baseless and “politically motivated.”
It should be interesting to see where things go from here but it wouldn’t be a surprise if American boots are on Venezuela’s soil before the ending of 2018.