On Monday December 2, the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, threatened the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, because he assured his departure “is within reach” and “closer”. This declaration was made the day before a TIAR Chancellors Meeting scheduled in Bogota for Tuesday December 3rd.
Pompeo expressed his confidence in achieving the exit of the Venezuelan head of state, to the point of referring to the abrupt way in which Eric Honecker, of East Germany, and Nicolae Ceausescu, of Romania, both communist leaders, left power in 1989; in the case of Ceausescu, he died by execution.
“I am confident that our goal of Maduro’s departure is within reach and perhaps much closer than what we think,” said the US official during an activity at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Pompeo, acknowledged that using military force in Venezuela would have significant “risks”, which represents a substantial change in the position that the US government has held so far over a military option, said the agency Efe.
“We have seen people calling for a regime change through violent means and, since January, we have said that all options are on the table to help the Venezuelan people recover democracy and prosperity. That is certainly still true, but we have learned from history that the risks of using military force are significant,” said Pompeo.
Translated by JRE/EF