Of course, John Bolton is always thinking about war.
Whether intentionally or by accident, Trump's national security adviser raised a lot of questions today by carrying a notepad that read "5,000 troops to Colombia" at a press briefing this morning.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser John Bolton raised questions about the United States’ intentions in Venezuela after he appeared at a briefing on Monday with a notepad containing the words “5,000 troops to Colombia,” which neighbors Venezuela. [...]
Asked about a photograph depicting the notes, a White House spokesman said on Monday: “As the President has said, all options are on the table.”
I don't know if the White House is actually considering deploying troops to Colombia or if this is just one of John Bolton's many fantasies, but even the appearance or suggestion that we might deploy troops to the region probably helps Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
If Maduro wants to crack down on his opposition, what better way to justify it than to point toward interference from the United States? Maduro couldn't ask for a better gift than visible evidence the United States is considering deploying troops to a neighboring country.
With all of that said, the Trump regime has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry and that's as far as I expect this will go.