The US military has analyzed the major centers of political gravity in Venezuela. The Free Beacon reports:
The commander of the Southern Command said Thursday Venezuela’s military and Cuban security personnel in the country are the “center of gravity” in the crisis between competing governments in the capital city of Caracas.
Adm. Craig S. Faller, the Southcom commander, also testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee, that the U.S. military is prepared to use force to protect Americans in Venezuela. “We are prepared to protect U.S. personnel and diplomatic facilities, if necessary,” he said.
The Trump administration has warned of unspecified “grave consequences”—including possible U.S. military intervention—if Maduro’s forces resort to widespread violence against the pro-democracy opposition.
A major concern is the large numbers of Cuban military and intelligence personnel providing security for Venezuela’s embattled leftist leader Nicolas Maduro.
Cuba remains a major problem in America’s Western Hemisphere security.