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 the 1988 race for the White House, for whatever bizarre reason, the Democrat Party nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA), thought it would be a good idea to cruise the parking lot of the General Dynamics facility in Michigan.
The same facility that also doubled served as a proving ground for the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
Technicaly, Russian law officially prohibits its citizens from signing-on with any private company to be sent overseas as mercinaries. But the Russians don’t exactly make a secret that private security firms in the former-Soviet Union are answerable directly to the Moscow government.
~ It’s the only nation on the planet named after the Italian city of Venice.
~ It’s also the basket cased cousin among the family of nations proving what a disaster socialism truly is.
As horrible as the tales are of Venezuelans reduced to eating dogs and rats, few Americans are warming to the suggestion that US troops be sent to South American nation to forcibly restore some semblance of order.
But one American keen on deploying troops to Venezuela is none other than Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) indicated in a Spanish-language interview with Univisión last week that the United States should consider a military intervention in Venezuela.
In the interview with Miami’s Univisión 23 last Wednesday, Rubio said that a military intervention may be justified on the grounds of national security.
“For months and years, I wanted the solution in Venezuela to be a non-military and peaceful solution, simply to restore democracy,” he said. “There is a national assembly elected by the people that has been annulled by a dictatorship.”
“I believe that the Armed Forces of the United States are only used in the event of a threat to national security,” he continued. “I believe that there is a very strong argument that can be made at this time that Venezuela and the Maduro regime has become a threat to the region and even to the United States.”
The State Department has recognized Venezuela as presenting a genuine national security threat to the United States. The Maduro regime is allegedly involved in major drug trafficking operations, and also providing safe havens and training facilities for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and the Islamic State.
Speaking only for myself, this is a South American problem. Let the South Americans clean-up their own backyard.
Besides, regional powers such as Colombia, Brazil and Chile certainly have the military wherewithal to handle Maduro’s less-than full strength armed forces.
With all that aside, if Sen. Rubio really is all that wound-up over sending American troops to undoubtedly engage in battle with dictator Nicolás Maduro’s National Guard forces, maybe Little Marco should fist take the parent test.
Cited in an article by the Colorado Springs Gazette, an Associated Press photo dated Feb. 9, 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio is seen accompanying his daughter, Amanda, listed as being 15-years-old.
As of this date, Amanda Rubio is undoubtedly of enlistment age.