Blackwater Founder Wants the US to Hire Mercenaries to Invade Venezuela

The world looked on as violent clashes erupted in Venezuela this week after government opposition leader Juan Guaido called on the military to oust embattled president Nicolas Maduro.

Could the United States be on the verge of entering the chaotic Latin American nation using open military force? Speaking on Fox Business Network, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that “military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do.” This response echoes similar statements made by President Donald Trump with regards to the crisis in Venezuela.

Despite the recent clashes in the Venezuelan capitol of Caracas, Maduro declared victory over what was reportedly a small insurrection led by members of the military. In a public statement, he claimed that the attempted coup was assisted by foreign powers, including the United States.

Whether Maduro’s casting of blame here is accurate — given high U.S. interest in the devolving Venezuelan crisis and past actions under similar circumstances, it wouldn’t be far-fetched — it seems clear that direct U.S. military intervention is not far off.

That’s where former Blackwater founder Erik Prince comes in.

Once again, Prince is reportedly lobbying Western powers opposed to Maduro, as well as Venezuelans in exile, to help him execute a plan to use hired mercenaries, or private military contractors, to overthrow the current government.

According to those familiar with Prince’s plan, it would begin with intelligence operations and then follow up with the deployment of between 4,000 and 5,000 mercenary troops into Venezuela, likely from neighboring countries such as Colombia.

An individual speaking on behalf of Prince has denied these reports. Meanwhile, a representative from the United States’ envoy to the United Nations Security Council claims any such plan is not at all likely to gain traction — but both statements should be taken with a grain of salt.

Prince has been pushing for the privatization of military efforts around the world, especially to the Trump administration. Though Trump and his administration remain coy about their reception to such suggestions, the appeal is undeniable. Not only would it allow Trump to save face about his position on deploying U.S. troops abroad — one of his campaign promises was to reduce military presence in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and he has more recently reiterated this intention — it could also allow a U.S. presence that would be unburdened by international and domestic scrutiny.

Then, of course, is Prince’s direct connection to the Trump administration. Not only is the former Blackwater founder brothers to Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, but he also played a key role in attempting to foster back channels between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

And, as the Mueller report shows, Prince may have perjured himself when, he denied playing this role before Congress. Prince and his family hold sway with the Trump administration: When he talks, the president listens.

Take Action!

The path forward for Venezuela must be one that is peaceful and considerate of citizens’ desires. So far, most Venezuelans say they do not wish foreign powers to intervene. Perhaps the only solution worse than the U.S. and regional allies deploying uniformed troops would be to hire mercenaries to take action. It would open the door to massive lack of accountability — and, as some worry, a violent civil war, as most of the Venezuelan military still supports Maduro.

If you agree, sign this Care2 petition to denounce the use of privately hired mercenaries to overthrow the government in Venezuela!

Concerned about an issue? Want to raise awareness about an injustice? Join your fellow Care2 users by learning how to make your own petition and make your voice heard today!

 

Photo Credit: chuck holton/Flickr

57 comments

S M
S M4 days ago

Go home Yanks! Stay away Yanks!

SEND
Susanne R
Susanne R6 days ago

Erie Lees: You said,
1) "Yes there are many cases of the people fighting to overthrow Tyrants. Of course not all are successful."
My response: Describe same instances.
2) "Bad people committing violence are normally stopped by armed resistance."
My response: Yes, but only after many innocent people had died needlessly.
3) "Many lives have been saved by armed civilians.
My response: Often enough to make a difference?--
4) Would you want to disarm the good guys and gals?
My response: It depends. Have they had proper training? No criminal record? Obtained their guns legally? Are they free of psychiatric issues?
5. "Do you not pay attention to politics"?
My answer: It's been of my greatest interests since the age of 14. Do you pay attention to politics?
6. "We have the rise of socialism on the Democratic side."
My answer: We have the rise of greed and vulture capitalism to the neglect of our environment and the health and safety of our citizens on the right. Government corruption and lack of accountability under Trump and Barr are greater than I've ever witnessed it.
7) History is littered with once great empires that are no more. Even more for fiat currencies.
My answer: I'm not a follower of "GoldTelegraph" or "Zerohedge," but I can see where your priorities lie.

Read about ZeroHedge: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/
Read GoldTelegraph:'s disclaimer: "http://www.goldtelegraph.com/d

SEND
Eric Lees
Eric Lees6 days ago

3) Yes the UN does not have a good track record of intervening. There are many examples. Look at Syria or Yemen today.

"Do you really believe that the U.S., which was never a banana republic, could become one? "
4) Do you not pay attention to politics? Distrust in our government is rightly growing. We have the 2 party Oligarchy that runs everything. We have the rise of Socialism on the Democrat side. So yes there are many troubling signs. Why do you think the USA is immune to the collapse that many other countries have faced throughout history. History is littered with once great empires that are no more. Even more for fiat currencies.

SEND
Eric Lees
Eric Lees6 days ago

@Susanne

1) Yes there are many cases of the people fighting to overthrow Tyrants. Of course not all are successful.
2) These mass shootings are a different issue as discussed many times on here. Obviously it's a serious problem that needs more focus. Bad people committing violence are normally stopped by armed resistance. Most of the time it is the police but not always. Many lives have been saved by armed civilians. Why would you want to disarm the good guys and gals?

SEND
Susanne R
Susanne R6 days ago

Eric Lees: You said, "Then you do not understand why the 2nd amendment is still needed. As long as there is evil in the world as long as there is the threat of Tyranny then it is still needed."

I never hear of guns being used to address tyranny, but I do hear, every single day, of innocent people being shot by people who never should have been able to access guns of any type. These shootings occur at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, college campuses, places of employment, shopping malls, playgrounds, theaaters, nightclubs, etc. There is no "tyranny" involved. And the people who are shot and most often killed aren't even armed!

There is a global organization called the U.N. to help third-world countries deal with their problems. They have trained military forces. They don't need American "citizens" to provide backup. They need to be educated. They need structure in the form of laws and law enforcement.

Do you really believe that the U.S., which was never a banana republic, could become one? Or are you worrying about the U.S. backpedaling to the days of the American frontier and the wild, wild west?

SEND
heather g
heather g6 days ago

Surely the US sanctions should be lifted. How can you run a country when the US keeps tightening the screws.

SEND
Eric Lees
Eric Lees7 days ago

@Susanne
"Eric Lees - I can understand why we needed the second amendment at the time our founding fathers added it to our constitution, but now that we have the armed forces and federal, state, county, municipal and specialty police departments in the U.S., why do individuals need weapons of war? "
Then you do not understand why the 2nd amendment is still needed. As long as there is evil in the world as long as there is the threat of Tyranny then it is still needed. Look at those countries and others you listed, look at Mexico. The people are not protected by the military or police and that is the point. We the people, the militia are the last check against Tyranny when all other checks have failed. That is why we have 3 branches of government. Our founding fathers were wise not to trust the government.
"The U.S. is not a banana republic. "
For now yes but all these other countries were not always either.
"You said, "Flee if you can while you can!" That's a slogan that should never have to be used in schools, hospitals, nightclubs, etc."
Yes I agree, we must do better especially kids in schools.

SEND
Susanne R
Susanne R7 days ago

Eric Lees - I can understand why we needed the second amendment at the time our founding fathers added it to our constitution, but now that we have the armed forces and federal, state, county, municipal and specialty police departments in the U.S., why do individuals need weapons of war? The U.S. is not a banana republic. I can see a trained and licensed individual owning a handgun for their own protection --but the weapons people are purchasing now are made to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. And we all know that mass murders using such weapons happen all-too frequently.

You said, "Flee if you can while you can!" That's a slogan that should never have to be used in schools, hospitals, nightclubs, etc.

The people in countries such as Venezuela, Syria, Yemen, etc. are suffering. Would it really help oppressed and starving people if they were armed with guns? It would probably get them killed quickly.

SEND
Coo R
Coo R8 days ago

thugs

SEND
Eric Lees
Eric Lees8 days ago

I feel sorry for all the innocent people starving in Venezuela under brutal Authoritarian regimes. They have few choices as they have already been disarmed as any Dictator does. I know most of you on Care2 do not support the 2nd amendment but this is why we have it. This is why we the people need to defend all our liberties.

Flee if you can while you can!

SEND