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How Strong Is Venezuela’s Military?


The Latin American country of Venezuela has captured the world’s attention in recent years with the oil-rich nation plagued by internal unrest since President Nicolas Maduro took power in 2013 Relations have also worsened with the United States with President Trump saying he would not rule out a military option to confront the country’s dictatorship So just how strong is Venezuela’s military? The country’s armed forces have around 515,000 personnel including roughly 130,000 troops On land, Venezuela has 696 combat tanks along with 700 armored fighting vehicles At sea the nation is much more limited with only 50 naval assets Venezuela has 3 frigates 4 corvettes and 2 submarines but has no aircraft carriers or destroyers In the air the country has 280 aircraft including 42 fighter jets So why have tensions become so inflamed with the United States? The relationship first soured under previous president Hugo Chavez who was populist authoritarian and anti-American After the socialist leader closely allied the country with Russia and China the U.S. placed an embargo on the sale or transfer of military arms or technology to Caracas Despite this Chavez embarked upon an aggressive period of military investment with Venezuela purchasing a significant amount of military hardware from Russia Following Chavez’s death in 2013 Nicolas Maduro assumed power Taking on a more authoritarian stance he jailed political opponents and took over virtually all legislative and judicial power in the country Venezuela has been plunged into a severe economic crisis with the country hit by hyperinflation along with extreme food and medicine shortages Three million Venezuelans are estimated to have fled their country as refugees to surrounding South American countries Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil China and Russia have extended huge loans to prop up the government Despite the crisis the country’s powerful military has up until now steadfastly supported Maduro But cracks of dissent have started to appear with minor military attempts to overthrow the president And the relationship with America has deteriorated to such an extent that the Trump administration is preparing to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism Republicans have long accused Venezuela of having ties to terrorist organizations but experts have played down the threat of those connections President Trump has raised the possibility of
military intervention but such a drastic move remains unlikely While invading Venezuela and toppling Maduro would be relatively straightforward for the U.S fixing the country’s decimated infrastructure would be a lot harder Military intervention would not just be opposed by Venezuelans but anger the rest of Latin America It’s more likely the U.S. will place an oil boycott on the country Venezuela remains the fourth-largest foreign supplier of oil to the U.S which remains the largest purchaser of Venezuelan crude But if an oil boycott is enacted it would be painful for both nations and would likely see Venezuela plunged even further into crisis

Tony wyaad

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16 COMMENTS

  1. vincent fong Posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Take out maduro and replace his government. Problem solved.

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  2. Dan5482 Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Bullshit. The Americans are the agressor, as always.

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  3. Randall Lannon Posted on March 4, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Maduro keeps running his mouth he will get some nuclear tan lines!!!!

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  4. Palmetto NDN Posted on March 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    600+ Tanks! How scary! Until you consider that they are 60s vintage first generation main battle tanks and even some 40s and 50s era medium tanks. Iraq was more closely matched in 1991. Highway to Bagdad, anyone? Plus, how. Many of them are battle ready? And I mean, come on, guys. Just watch the infamous video of their special forces. Jesus Christ. What an embarrassment.

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  5. P. Thomas Garcia Posted on March 20, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Trash propaganda

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  6. P. Thomas Garcia Posted on March 20, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Can't backup claims that Maduro is a dictator or that Venezuela sponsors terrorism or that there are cracks in military allegiance to their country. The greatest bullshit offered is that US invasion would be easy. See Iraq.

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  7. Jason Fundora Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Please post your sources if you are going to make an educational video.

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  8. Zions Vengeance満 Posted on March 25, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    HES NOT A DICTATOR HE WAS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE THE OPPOSITION BOYCOTTED IT. TO BAD

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  9. Kush David Posted on March 26, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Newsweek yr full of garbage. Venez has had the most democratic elections (internationally monitored) since chavez first landslide victory in '98. Includes presdential,governors, senate, natl assmbly, local councils etc. Obama named venez as a threat to u.s natl security back in 2015 in order to build up a case for these illegal imoral sanctions against the govt n ppl. What threat are they to the u.s. these sanctions are tantamount to war yet u fail to mention them. Yr propoganda machinery is failing this isnt the 80's anymore ppl are much better informed. Pls try to give ppl the whole pic.God will strike u for not doing so.

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  10. gary lord Posted on March 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Venezuelans had the nerve to stand up for theirselves,….

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  11. Teh Chuan Posted on April 1, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Good leaders will not accept American one sided policy and demand which benefits the American only and they are called corrupt dictators this has been the case to all leaders around the world

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  12. Pav Posted on May 1, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Eh what do you mean venezuelans would be angry with a military interviention. DUDE THAT IS XACTLY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR OVER 12 YEARS TO SEND THE ARMY!!!

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  13. Ole Olson Posted on May 2, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Only 27% of Americans support Trump's march to regime change war for oil in Venezuela https://emersonpolling.reportablenews.com/pr/april-national-poll-bernie-takes-lead-for-democratic-nomination-mayor-pete-on-the-move

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  14. S Kumar Posted on July 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (HCHR) AND FORMER CHILEAN PRESIDENT MICHELLE BACHELET WORKS FOR THE DEEP STATE..

    HER REPORT ON VENEZUELA , RUNNING DOWN MADURO, IS WHAT THE JEWS WANT HER TO WRITE. SHE WORKS IN TANDEM WITH JEW ELLIOT ABRAMS.

    SUFFERING OF PEOPLE IN VENEZUELA IS DUE TO US SANCTIONS CAUSING EXTREME INFLATION– NOT DUE TO MISRULE BY MADURO, WHICH HAS NO 1 OIL RESERVES ON THE PLANET ..

    THIS IS LIKE BLAMING KIM JONG UN FOR SUFFERING OF PEOPLE IN NORTH KOREA..

    NO MEDIA HAS THE GUTS TO TELL THE TRUTH..

    from … capt AJIT VADAKAYIL' S BLOG

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