Skip to comments.Venezuela crisis: US planes carrying aid arrive in Colombia
Posted on 02/17/2019 12:45:48 AM PST by PghBaldy
US military planes have been delivering humanitarian aid for Venezuela in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.
The aid is being stockpiled at the request of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president last month.
President Nicolás Maduro has alleged that the aid is part of a US plot to disguise an invasion into Venezuela.
Mr Guaidó said some 600,000 Venezuelan volunteers would carry the aid across the border on 23 February.
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I bet the US military has been in Columbia for weeks, but the story is just now getting out.
How are Vets doing?
Yes, why are we spending all kinds of money helping other countries when we have thousands of Vets that are homeless and sick?
Sounds like they are doing it the right way, coordinating with Brazil, the OAS, etc., and only bringing it to the border.
It shouldn’t be either/or. This is humanitarian plus straightening out our back yard, which will also save us in the long run.
No reason we can’t do both. And Trump of course has been working hard on straightening out the healthcare side. We have lots of options for the homeless that some homeless vets are passing up on. (And we need an equal standard of care for the non-vet homeless, too.) There are limits as to what we can do there other than enforce laws against vagrancy, etc.
Cucuta.....my old stomping grounds
The real back doors to Venezuela are La Guajira and Valledupar
Colombia could conquer Venezuela these days and recreate GranColombia
I think theyd need Ecuador and a chunk of Peru to complete it
Colombians are a tough room
Oh OK. Thanks for clarification. We should take good care of our vets no matter what else we are doing.
Cant let Russia or China become dominant...
Funny how we have here enemies that want to change our evil old white mans system to a better utopian system like Venezuela, north Korea, Muslim or any of the African sh##hole but we are the first to step up and feed the nation that has been plagued by dictators who push the same
Because if there is no help, desperate people will move north by the thousands, disrupting everything on the way.
Bomb them with food. And money to the right people if needed.
” There are limits as to what we can do there other than enforce laws against vagrancy, etc.”
I am just outside Tallahassee which has a homeless shelter that has been the source of many, sometimes most, of the day’s arrests. Having witnessed some of this, as you can’t miss them, they are on every street in my side of town, I can attest to some of the problems. Many display obvious signs of being drunk or high. A large percentage are young to early middle age. Some of the cardboard signs read something like, “Homeless Vet.”
A friend living in an apartment in a formerly safe neighborhood near TCC campus, and close to the new shelter, walked out his door to discover the black shop owner sharing his parking lot had been stabbed to death by a homeless black. The attacker was normally a panhandler living in the homeless shelter. My friend will be moving when his lease is up as he has a couple of his kids living with him and the neighborhood is now too dangerous for them.
(Thank you city planners who moved the shelter from downtown where businesses complained to adjacent to a college campus and housing; where people don’t vote.)
Whatever the problems are that the homeless are subject to, they aren’t the kind that would be resolved by just finding them a home and giving them food. That would be easy. Addition and mental issues are hard to resolve. And like the old joke, how many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb? One. But the lightbulb has to want to change.
Addition=Addiction What a difference a c makes.
“..President Nicolás Maduro has alleged that the aid is part of a US plot to disguise an invasion into Venezuela.”
Why exactly are we helping these a**holes??
Those dictators are just not the right people to carry out the Revolution ... we feed the people there because the next guy will make socialism work, see?
You speak a sad truth there. We of course went overboard in “deinstitutionalizing” decades ago.
That is part of why actual law enforcement is sometimes the best we can do for them—and their potential, ongoing victims.
And here just yesterday, I spent time reading about Javier Reinoso and his attempt to save and care for a bunch of cats. He even moved to someplace that has more room.
One of the most interesting factoids he mentioned was that a 6 oz tin of sardines, hard to come by, rises by a factor of 3 to 5 times.
“A whole month of salary or pension can only buy 7 small 6 oz. cans of sardines over here at the moment.”
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