And that would be a mistake, because I don't see Venezuela as a threat to US national security at the moment, even if the Russians, Cubans and Chinese pour money and resources into it. Just let them empty their treasuries. If needs be, bolster support with countries bordering Venezuela, but do it without boots on the ground and permanent bases. Lots of soft power with hearts and minds, along with being in it for the long term, not just for one or two electoral cycles, then pissing off elsewhere. Ha ha, more than once I've threatened to hit the computer, phone or tablet with a hammer for not doing what it's supposed too. She who must be obeyed (wife) tells me I am not allowed too and if I do I will not be replacing it. That from the woman who wants a why not button on hers I just wonder where all that wealth has gone. It was one of the richest countries in the world per capita, and now look at it. It's people starving on the streets whilst the political and military elite have full bellies and want for nothing. A kleptocracy?, Gross economic mismanagement? Or a combination of both? I think that Guaido launched to soon and now has shot his bolt. Any chance he had of really infiltrating the military and subverting it from within is long gone. Russia, Cuba and China will have security experts involved advising Madura and the military on security and how to ensure the security and loyalty of their personnel. Madura will use the failed coup to clamp down on any and all opposition - he'd be a fool not too. Having the opposition giving speeches and talking about deposing him is one thing. Launching a coup is another and that has to be dealt too. For the Venezuelan people things have just gone from bad to worse.