While insisting that US military intervention against Venezuela remains
on the table, Senate Armed Services Committee chief Sen. James Inhofe
(R-OK) has also claimed on Tuesday that the US would be obliged to intervene if Russia were to move weapons to Venezuela.
“We’d have to, not go to war, but use force,” Inhofe told reporters. This claim appears not to be an actual obligation, but part of the idea of the Monroe Doctrine that the US generally does intervene against other countries getting involved in the entire Western Hemisphere.
And while Inhofe doesn’t appear to want to rule out attacking Venezuela just unilaterally, as the administration is hoping to impose regime change there, it is clear he views the war even more favorably if it can somehow be turned into a proxy war against Russia.
Russia hasn’t suggested preemptive intervention in Venezuela like this in the first place, of course. Indeed, the only Russian comments on the power struggle in Venezuela have been to reject US demands for an unconditional regime change.
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