Secretive meeting on US ‘military option’ in Venezuela reveals key figures

A hawkish US assume tank has hosted a secretive meeting on Venezuela, bringing collectively American and South American officers to talk about the “use of military force” in the nation, investigative journalist Max Blumenthal instructed RT.

The unique piece shedding some mild on the secretive gathering was revealed by the Grayzone portal on Saturday. Blumenthal has obtained a check-in checklist of a non-public roundtable dubbed ‘Assessing the Use of Military Force in Venezuela,’ which was hosted by the DC-based assume tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The roundtable was held on April 10, but its check-list was misleadingly dated as April 20. The reality the meeting had really taken place was confirmed to Blumenthal by its contributors, whom he has reached for remark. They weren’t very keen to speak, although.

We talked about navy… uh… navy choices in Venezuela. That was earlier this week although,” analysis affiliate at CSIS’s Americas Program Sarah Baumunk mentioned. She promptly grew nervous, including that she didn’t “feel comfortable answering these questions” and hung up on the journalist.

Another listed attendee, a analysis affiliate with worldwide technique agency Hills & Company, Santiago Herdoiza, merely mentioned it was a “closed meeting” with out offering any particulars.

“They had been extraordinarily nervous that any person in the media knew concerning the existence of this occasion. It was a really high-level meeting with principally the principle individuals in Washington concerned in making the sausage of Trump’s Venezuela coverage they usually needed to maintain it as non-public as potential,” Blumenthal instructed RT on Sunday. “It actually does present that navy choices are being severely thought-about at this level, in spite of everything different mechanisms that Trump has put into play appear to have failed.”

The checklist of contributors is definitely spectacular – the roundtable has introduced collectively former and incumbent navy and civil officers from the US and South America, representatives of USAID and Organization of American States (OAS) as properly as analysts from varied assume tanks. Several figureheads ‘appointed’ by the self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido had been additionally in attendance.

Arguably probably the most high-profile participant of the gathering was Admiral Kurt Tidd, who till lately used to go the US Naval Forces Southern Command. Another listed participant – Roger Noriega – is principally Elliott Abrams-lite. Noriega is a veteran US meddler, together with his actions courting again to the infamous Iran-Contras affair. He didn’t get the notoriety of Abrams and quietly held senior positions throughout the US administration all through the years, focusing on Venezuela and coordinating the OAS.

Last October, he urged US President Donald Trump to nominate former Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield to guide the plans for a navy invasion. The latter, additionally known for his involvement into murky meddling schemes in opposition to the nation, participated in the roundtable as properly.

The meeting was additionally attended by self-styled officers of Guiado’s “government” – public coverage advisor Daniel Sierra and ‘ambassador’ to the US Carlos Vecchio. Participation of mentioned “officials” sounds ironic given their earlier efforts to promote Guaido’s so-called ‘Plan País’ to reconstruct the nation’s financial system.

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