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  • U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia, December 28

    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference in Riga, Latvia, December 28 | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 May 2019

“I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got to choose between democracy and Maduro. And if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we’re coming after you. This is in our backyard.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News over the weekend that the U.S. should conduct a military operation in Venezuela that mimics the 1983 invasion of Grenada. 

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“Trump said rightly, Maduro’s not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The entire region supports the Trump approach, that Guaidó is the legitimate leader,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. “I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got to choose between democracy and Maduro. And if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we’re coming after you. This is in our backyard.”

Graham, who is a well-known neocon and warhawk, has repeatedly called on the U.S. to militarily intervene in several nations, including Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. 

In a piece in the Wall Street Journal last week, Graham called on the U.S. to be ready to intervene in Venezuela to stop Cuba from supporting President Maduro. Graham went on to call Cuba the “Western Hemisphere version of Iran.”

“We’re not occupying Venezuela, but if Maduro refuses to go and the Cubans keep using their military apparatus to prop him up, it is in our national security interest to do in Venezuela what Reagan did in Grenada," he added. 

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