There are actually three different levels of armed forces in Venezuela;
The official armed forces of the nation
The National Guard, effectively a national police force
The National Bolivarian Militia of Venezuela, popularly known as the “Colectivos”
It’s clearly understood that the Cubans are firmly in control of the official armed forces, but there are others on the ground in Venezuela calling the shots. As reported by VOANews.com, there are an estimated 20,000 Cubanos already in-country and essentially running the show;
Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.
Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions, including the security services.
In full disclosure, I am of the opinion that President Trump is at least the best president of the 21st century. With that said, I’m also of the opinion that CNN’s Jim Acosta is the biggest clown on television since WGN use to aire Bozo the Clown every morning.
Case in point: In a recent meeting at the White House where the press was invited in for a few photos, President Trump noticed Acosta among the assembled members of the Fourth Estate.
With the memory still fresh of Acosta making an jackass of himself on national TV while reporting live at the US-Mexico border, President Trump made a point of personally thanking Acosta for proving that a border wall works.
It’s a fair bet that Private First Class Edward Jair Acosta-Avil (California Army National Guard) is far from being an ideal soldier. After all, PFC Acosta-Avil is facing the boot from the California ANG for being AWOL.
Other than the many who’ve worn the uniform proudly in the past possibly being embarrassed by his arrest making headlines, it’s also a fair bet that a number of American citizens of Latino heritage who have served proudly may also be doubly embarrassed by Acosta-Avil’s apprehension being splashed all over the news.
As the story goes, when French President Charles DeGaulle militarily pulled out of NATO in 1966, the famed WWII general also ordered all American soldiers off French soil.
President Lyndon Johnson fired back, asking if that also included all the American soldiers in French soil.
Here we are 52-years later, and it looks as if our French “allies” are not only giving the United States the bum’s rush, our snail-eating bons amis now consider us the enemy.
While the European Union has never made a secret of their wish for a “real European army” (as current French President Emmanuel Macron puts it), this is the first time that an EU national leader has categorized the United States as a possible enemy.
In the meantime, the “real European army” has the official title of the European Intervention Initiative, and has been “championed by French President Emmanuel Macron” as reported by Euractiv.com on June 25, 2018.
As it turns out, the United States has guaranteed peace in Europe for the past four generations.
With the backdrop of Macron’s crosshairs aimed directly at the Stars and Stripes, President Trump is having none of this.
President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!
French President Emmanuel Macron called Tuesday for a “real European army” as the continent marks a century since the divisions of World War I, to better defend itself against Russia and even the United States.
Macron, who has pushed for a joint EU military force since his arrival in power last year, said Europe needed to reduce its dependence on American might, not least after US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.
“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron told Europe 1 radio.
What the French Press Agency fails to mention regarding “US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty” is that the Russians have been cheating for years. As reported by the Washington Times;
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed in 1987 by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, seems to have surprised Russia President Vladimir Putin. However, it should not have come as a shock.
Moscow began violating the INF Treaty at least 10 years ago. Much like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the INF was on life support during most of President Obama’s term in office. President Trump simply pulled the plug.
The nine EU member nations that have already signed-off as founding members of the European Intervention Initiative.
As usual, our stalwart Polish allies are dead-set against any notion of an EU-only military force (see video below).
Adversaries of the British Army’s SAS (Special Air Service) find death awaiting them in the most creative ways.
Quite possibly, these special operators may consider dispatching their enemies with the standard bullets, bayonets, and bombs to be somewhat passé.
After all, it was just a few short weeks ago that the British MoD (Ministry of Defence) decided to make public that an SAS sergeant stationed in Afghanistan killed six Taliban, three with his pistol, then the remainder with a claw hammer.
Now the word on the street is that an SAS war dog single-pawedly thwarted a jihadi ambush in Syria.
While the ISIS Islamists once controlled nearly half of Syria, the terrorist organization is now reduced to holding a smattering of villages in the nation’s north and east.
It was during a six-man SAS sweep of a nondescript village in the north of Syria that a yet to be publicly identified Belgian Malinois became a one-dog army.
The Belgian Malinois is closely related to the German Shepard. Both breeds are favored by the military for their fierce loyalty to their handlers as well as their savage ferocity in battle.
Forget about much the ballyhooed Zombie Apocalypse that film and television producers have romanticized to the point of becoming a cultural phenomenon. The American people may find themselves busy just dealing with a standard, run of the mill apocalypse that could kill millions.
The Obama appointees running the United States Institute of Social Engineering (also known as the Pentagon) are simply giddy with excitement over a handful of The Fairer Sex passing the basic physical strength and endurance requirements for the US Army’s “elite” Ranger School. The following expected from the prospective Rangers on Day One:
If there’s one thing we conservatives love to point to as indicative of the over-inflated egos of America’s under-achieving youth, it’s the trophy mentality. Normally awarded by AYSO, the standard Most Improved at Staring at Clouds Instead of Paying Attention to the Game or Top Butt Scratcher or even the ever popular amongst bench warmers everywhere, trophies such as the Lungs Exchanged Oxygen for Carbon Dioxide are the usual offenders.
With the terrorist group ISIS airing videos of their grisly beheadings of hostages with regularity, their recent threat against everyday Americans may have unwittingly brought to light that the U.S. government is so large, bloated and bureaucratic, America could possibly be the proverbial giant that can’t tie its own shoes. As reported by Fox News via the Military.com news portal on Oct. 3, 2014, a U.S. Army intelligence warning is getting the word out to military personnel and their families to exercise vigilance after ISIS called on its many supporters to “scour social media for addresses of their family members — and to ‘show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.'”
Depending who you talk to, Israel’s military recruitment efforts aimed at young Arab Christians has either been a dismal failure or a step in the right direction, albeit a slow one. A prime example would be the two very different takes on the same story as reported by the openly tilted “supporters of the Palestinian cause” left-of-center Middle East Monitor news portal on April 23, 2014, and also reported on the opposite end of the spectrum by the self-described “Jewish and Israel news for Jewish media” internet portal The Jewish and Israel News Service on April 22, 2014.
“I would sacrifice my life for the State of Israel and all of its citizens …”
With Bedouin and Druze Muslims possibly serving Israel as her inspiration, Staff Sergeant Mona Liza Abdo isn’t just proud of her Christian Faith or her Arab heritage or simply her Israeli citizen … she’s proud of being a leader in the Israeli Army.
As recently cited on the official weblog of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), SSgt Abdo recently completed her third year in the IDF, which is a year longer than Israeli Jewish women are required by law.
In the wake of annoying liberals winning a recent court battle to tear down the 59-year-old Memorial Cross atop San Diego’s Mt. Soledad over the fear that a bored driver stuck in traffic on the 5 may convert to Christianity, heroic moves were recently made by the US Air Force and US Navy in removing dangerous Nativity scenes.
Unfortunately for them, people with too much time on their hands have some notable exceptions to their faux-outrage and selective anger.
Noting that the Cross Memorial on Soledad actually proselytizes for Christianity about as much as the generic crosses that adorn the necks of Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Cher or any other well-heeled trailer trash, when will the foaming-at-the-mouth anti-Christians take umbrage to all the other religious symbols used by the federal government?