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Florida Man urges US military intervention in Venezuela
As the United States attempts to extricate itself from three separate conflicts in the Middle East, Florida Sen. Rick Scott would love to see the U.S. military charge headlong into Venezuela's ongoing political crisis.
Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Thursday, the former Florida governor and Navy veteran stated that the U.S. military should take action to ensure that $60 million worth of U.S. humanitarian aid — transported by supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó and held in limbo at the Venezuela-Colombia border for months by forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro — reaches its intended recipients in the country.
"There is only one option left to get aid to the people of Venezuela. It is something that no one is willing to talk about," Scott said. "It is becoming clear that we will have to consider the use of American military assets to deliver aid. Maduro and his thugs have left us no choice."
"If sanctions can cripple the Maduro regime, we must continue on that path," he added. "But so far, sanctions alone aren't stopping the Maduro regime and the United States needs to start considering the use of military assets to bring aid to the millions of starving and sick Venezuelans," Scott said. "And I call on all of our allies and those supporting Guaidós to help us in this effort."
Scott's comments came weeks after a pair of Russian military aircraft landed at Venezuela's main airport with nearly 100 troops aboard, prompting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to warn Russia that the U.S. would "not stand idly by" as Moscow turned Maduro into a regional puppet.
Russia and China have continued to recognize Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate leader, while President Donald Trump backed Guaidó back in January, vowing to "use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy."
Scott warned that adversaries like Russia and China, the chief subjects of the Pentagon's resurgent focus on so-called Great Power competition, may look at a lack of a military response on the part of the United States as a sign of weakness.
"Our adversaries question our will and our determination," Scott said. "Put simply, they don't think we're serious."
This seems ... ill-advised? According to an recent RAND Corporation analysis 145 distinct U.S. military interventions conducted between 1898 and 2016, the United States achieves the political objectives of foreign interventions about 63% of the time, with "clear failure" rate of just 8% of the time, which don't seem like totally appealing odds for a country sick of war.
But that success rate had fallen since World War II as the number of foreign interventions abroad exploded. The U.S. military's objectives "have tended to become more ambitious over time, and this shift has corresponded with a gradually decreasing likelihood that objectives will be successfully achieved," according to the report.
Scott may be a Navy man, but his proposed military intervention is pure Florida Man: overly ambitious, egregiously reckless, and not likely to end well.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.
While it can be difficult to peg down just how star-spangled a state is, one indicator is the rate at which citizens enlist in the military, especially during the United States' longest period of sustained conflict. At least, that's the thinking behind WalletHub's new study, 2019's Most Patriotic States in America.