Trump Administration Announces Sanctions On Venezuela’s Oil Industry

We’ve been hearing for a month now that President Trump might declare a national emergency to build the border wall, but that conservatives are opposed to it because it would set a “bad precedent.” Today, the Trump administration used its emergency powers to impose sweeping new sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry to force President Nicolás Maduro from power:

“The White House on Monday announced billions of dollars in new sanctions against disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the country’s state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA, less than a week after President Trump formally recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, meanwhile, warned that “all options are on the table” and that Venezuela would face a “significant response” if any harm came to U.S. diplomatic personnel, Guaido, or Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly.

Words on Bolton’s notepad that were visible during the briefing — “5,000 troops to Colombia” — were related to the situation in Venezuela, White House officials confirmed to Fox News. One idea being debated may include pre-positioning U.S. forces in Colombia in case they are needed in Venezuela.

The potentially devastating economic sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Maduro to cede power to the opposition. …”


“Presidential Message to the Congress on Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela


Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order with respect to Venezuela that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13808 of August 24, 2017, Executive Order 13827 of March 19, 2018, Executive Order 13835 of May 21, 2018, and Executive Order 13850 of November 1, 2018. …”

I looked this up after seeing the Alt-Lite talking about it on Twitter.

Sure enough, The International Emergency Economic Powers Act falls under the National Emergencies Act. In other words, the same conservatives like Marco Rubio who oppose declaring a national emergency to build the border wall support one to force regime change in Venezuela. President Obama declared a “national emergency” with respect to Venezuela in 2015.

Note: I know that I said that I was considering pivoting to writing more about history. There will be plenty of that here in February. We’re going to focus on European history this year though.

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    • Who the hell cares about it? Why do we have to police the entire Earth?

      Let the Venezuelans do whatever they want — depose him, support him, whatever.

      Who. Cares.

      It’s not our business. Time for America to get isolationist again. We’ve got more than enough trouble here to take care of.

      • Maduro was elected—this could turn out to be a tough nut, and our own homegrown & imported spics will blame it on “White” people.

        • I hope so. Because:

          polarization is our friend. As is

          chaos. Or

          do you still think you can vote your way out of a Judeo-globalist deathtrap

          that has already closed?

    • Please be a bit more honest, Krafty. Today’s ‘Catholics’ are NOT even ‘catholic’ in the vein of 50 years ago. Trad RC’s are literally SCREAMING this, and the vast majority of Marxist-lite Egalitarian IDIOTS in the pews of these “Synagogues of Satan” think they are doing God service, just as the Jews did in Christ’s days.

      The vast majority of ‘Xtians’ out there, today – are the shabbas goyim of the Khazars. I don’t even want to call these reptilians, “Jews” they are such orders of magnitude more EVIL than even during my parent’s generations.

      These “Jews” want to destroy all opposition to their world hegemony, which they, in their demonically-possessed bodies (they no longer possess the ‘nephesh’ that YHWH gives Humans) think will usher in THEIR perverted version of the Messianic kingdom.

      As Fr. Seraphim Rose noted in the 1980’s, “In the end, ALL the Churches will serve Antichrist.” Perhaps we didn’t understand the exact details then, but we sure can see it now.

      P.S. Who is that lizard man behind Bolton? Sure looks kike to me…… Every.Single.Time.

      • Very few “Trad RC” exist. There were plenty of “bad” Catholics 50 years ago. One Catholic named Ted Kennedy hated WASP America so much he teamed up with his jewish buddies and destroyed America with the 1965 Hart-Celler Act. Catholics and jews should have never been allowed into this country. It was our death warrant.

  1. The US is a rogue state with a gangster foreign policy. I suppose a major defeat or a collapse are the only things that can stop it. Voting against this policy doesn’t work.

  2. genuinely ming boggling how it’s impossible to get rid of these neocon assholes.

    they just keep coming back over and over. after observing decades of politics, that might be the most impressive thing ever.

    they hang around in democrat administrations too, so it’s not like it’s a republican only thing.

  3. Thanks for higher fuel prices, Trump. I do not care who rules Venezuela. He is no threat to us and the US has no right to dictate the governments of foreign people. Most of the times we meddle like this, it leads to an even worse situation. These bastards never learn. Why don’t you hypocrites sanction South Africa, or the ethnic-cleansing governments of Western Europe?

  4. Chavez-Maduro Venezuela was friendly to Ghaddafy and is close to Iran as well as not friendly toward that special country, Israel. I bet this has something to do with US aggression against Caracas.

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