Sen. Rubio’s Tweet of Bloody Gadhafi Seen as ‘Warning’ to Venezuelan President

Rubio has been key leader in pushing for regime change

Most everything Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) does these days is related to his self-appointed position as a top leader of the US push for regime change in Venezuela. His decision to Tweet a before and after picture of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi is being seen in that context.

Gadhafi was violently overthrown in 2011 in a US-backed push for regime change. He was ultimately caught by US-backed rebels and publicly killed. Rubio’s Tweet is seen as a “warning” to Venezuela’s President Maduro, who the US is in the process of trying to overthrow.

At best it would be a threat to see Maduro killed Gadhafi-style, or potentially an end-game goal for the Rubio-led push, with US-imposed regime change almost certain to include a violent death for a perceived enemy.

Though Rubio says he previously wanted the US “solution” to Venezuela to be non-military, he now believes that ousting Maduro is important enough that a “very strong argument” can be made to send the military in.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.