US Announces New Venezuela Sanctions, Reiterates Threats

Brazil pushes for 'non-military' solution

US attempts to impose regime change in Venezuela continued apace Monday, with Vice President Mike Pence’s promise of new “concrete action” coming in the form of a new round of sanctions against the Maduro government.

Pence reiterated that “all options are on the table,” and that the US would not rule out removing Maduro militarily from power. They may have less support for doing this than they initially figured, however.

Brazilian officials are saying they only want a “non-military solution” to Venezuela and are absolutely opposed to the US invading. On top of this, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao says Brazil will not allow the US to use their territory in any such invasion.

Past indications are that US invasion of Venezuela was to come through deploying large numbers of troops to Colombia and invading that was. Colombia seems fine with this, though Brazil had previously been seen as on the side of unconditional US-imposed regime change, and that change might suggest a change in how well supported the US war would be.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.