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A Trump administration official says U.S. Headed Toward Blockade of Venezuela.

Donald Trump is serious about a possible U.S. blockade of Venezuela, a senior administration official said Friday, saying that the country’s president Nicolas Maduro has a short window to voluntarily leave power.

Trump told reporters on Thursday that he was considering a blockade or quarantine of the Latin American country, where the U.S. has been trying for months to unseat Maduro. He didn’t elaborate.

But the official said Trump’s statement should be taken seriously and is the direction U.S. policy is headed with regard to Venezuela. The official asked not to be identified as a condition of participation in a briefing for reporters.

Maduro Not a Good Guy

OK, Maduro is not a good guy. Neither are Putin, or Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia, or dozens of other global leaders.

Recall that US cozied up to Sadaam Hussein and Bin Laden on the idiotic policy the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

War Threatened

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Since when does not being a good guy require war?

Make no mistake, a naval blockade is war. And isn't Congress supposed to declare war?

End the Wars and the Warmongering

We should pull all of our troops home, let Europe and Japan defend themselves, and in general mind our own damn business.

The US and the rest of the world would be better off if the stopped being the world's policeman.

If the EU is worried about Russia, let the EU defend itself.

Our military budget is insane because of insane policies.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock