... So what is the strategy for that? ...
Not sure ... I haven't been assigned to figure it out !!!
But one idea would be to try to work thru the OAS. Encouraging the OAS to take action is the first option I can think of pursuing. And by "action" I mean an OAS "invasion", if that's what it takes to keep russia from getting a toe hold ...
Perhaps the OAS could say they need to intervene to deliver humanitarian aid.
Well, I suppose that the OAS could provide a “framework” (aka cover) for military action, but at the end of the day it will be like the invasion of Grenada:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_ ... e_invasion
The invasion commenced at 05:00 on 25 October 1983. U.S. forces refuelled and departed from the Grantley Adams International Airport on the nearby Caribbean island of Barbados before daybreak en route to Grenada. It was the first major operation conducted by the U.S. military since the Vietnam War. Vice Admiral Joseph Metcalf, III, Commander Second Fleet, was the overall commander of U.S. forces, designated Joint Task Force 120, which included elements of each military service and multiple special operations units. Fighting continued for several days and the total number of U.S. troops reached some 7,000 along with 300 troops from the Organization of American States (OAS).
So roughly 95% of forces in the Grenada operation were US.
I have no reason to believe that any OAS country(countries) is going to make more than a token military contribution to such an effort; meaning the US military would be the one doing just about everything.
There are of course differences between invading an island country of 100,000 people and 135 square miles vs a country of 31 million people and (353,841 sq mi).
Grenada is an island, which you can easily blockade and isolate while Venezuela is a large country, bordering 3 (?) other countries. It also has a 1700 mile coastline.
Venezuela’s geography is varied:
The northern mountains are the extreme northeastern extensions of South America's Andes mountain range. Pico Bolívar, the nation's highest point at 4,979 m (16,335 ft), lies in this region. To the south, the dissected Guiana Highlands contain the northern fringes of the Amazon Basin and Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall, as well as tepuis, large table-like mountains. The country's center is characterized by the llanos, which are extensive plains that stretch from the Colombian border in the far west to the Orinoco River delta in the east. The Orinoco, with its rich alluvial soils, binds the largest and most important river system of the country; it originates in one of the largest watersheds in Latin America. The Caroní and the Apure are other major rivers.
If “everything” went perfectly (the Maduro government collapsed with no insurgency/resistance at all), then a takedown operation might go quickly. BUT, as we have seen in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Libya, things never go according to plan, and insurgencies and occupation can be a bitch.
To put it into some perspective, Venezuela is about 31% LARGER than Texas is (by size) and 14% more populous than Texas is. What would it take to invade Texas, only larger and more populous?
Just chew on that for a moment...
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