As Venezuela threatens to annex Guyana, U.S. announces military exercises in the region

Boo! Can Doddering Joe scare Venezuelan Defense Minister Gen. Vladímir Padrino López?

From our Bureau of Unexpected Quixotic Responses to Latrine American Saber-Rattling

Surprisingly, a branch of Doddering Joe’s armed forces is responding to Venezuela’s threats against Guyana. Military exercises are a tried-and-true way of scaring potential troublemakers. Whether these displays of U.S. power will scare Maduro & his backers at Castro, Inc is anyone’s guess. But at least it’s good to see that someone is awake at the Pentagon, paying attention.

From CBS News

The United States announced joint military flight drills in Guyana on Thursday as tensions over a contested oil-rich region with neighbor Venezuela prompted the U.N. Security Council to call an urgent meeting.

A border feud has been spiraling over the Essequibo region, which has been administered and controlled by Guyana for more than a century, although Venezuela also claims the disputed area. Venezuela recently conducted a referendum, which it claims citizens supported, that aims to give Venezuela authority over the Essequibo region. Guyanese officials said in response that the country is preparing to defend itself and its borders in case of an invasion. 

The spat is drawing in the international community, with the U.S. announcement of military exercises the latest sign that Washington is alarmed at the threat from the authoritarian leftist Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro.

“In collaboration with the Guyana Defense Force, the U.S. Southern Command will conduct flight operations within Guyana on December 7,” the U.S. Embassy in Guyana said in a statement.

It said the flights are part of “routine engagement and operations to enhance security partnership” between the U.S. and Guyana, “and to strengthen regional cooperation.”

“The U.S. will continue its commitment as Guyana’s trusted security partner and promoting regional cooperation and interoperability,” the statement read. 

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