As the Russians send bombers to Venezuela, the Pentagon is stopping just short of firing a pistol into the air and yelling “Liberación!”

  • The two TU-160 strategic bombers arrived in strife-ridden Venezuela for joint exercises on Monday along with an AN-124 transport aircraft and IL-62 jetliner, the Russian defense ministry has announced.
  • It is the first time Russian bombers have deployed to Venezuela since 2013, according to the Defense Department.
  • Venezuela’s economy and healthcare system are in a state of collapse, prompting the United States to send the hospital ship USNS Comfort to South America, in part to treat Venezuelan refugees.
  • The Defense Department is responding to the Russian deployment by upping its rhetorical game to rival the passion shown by Marlon Brando in Viva Zapata!
  • “As the Venezuelan government seeks Russian warplanes, the United States works alongside regional partners and international organizations to provide humanitarian aid to Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-racked nation,” said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon. “We maintain our unwavering commitment to humanity.”
  • The Venezuelan people deserve better than the autocratic rule of President Nicolás Maduro, Pahon said. That is why the United States is seeking a way for Venezuela to return to democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.
  • “Maduro should know by now the Cuban model doesn't work for anyone, not even Cuba,” Pahon said.

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