Venezuela: US Is Building Secret Military Bases In Latin America

Written by Christopher Benson.

In an eye-opening revelation, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the establishment of “secret military bases” by the United States in the oil-abundant disputed Essequibo region. This statement was made during a ceremony dedicated to a law protecting the territory of Guyana Essequibo, an area rich in oil and minerals, spanning over 62,000 square miles around the Essequibo River. This region has been the subject of a long-standing territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, a former British colony.

Hidden Agendas Unveiled

Maduro’s allegations are not light; he asserts, “We have evidence confirming that in the territory of Guyana Essequibo, currently managed by Guyana, secret military bases of the [US] Southern Command, a CIA entity, have been installed.” These installations, according to Maduro, represent a direct “aggression” towards the people of southern and eastern Venezuela and are ostensibly set up “to prepare for an escalation against Venezuela.”

The US Southern Command, a segment of the Department of Defense, indeed maintains a Security Cooperation Office in Guyana, acting as a military advisor to the Guyana Defense Force by offering military support and training.

A Brewing Storm

The controversy over the Essequibo area has escalated, particularly after 2015 when ExxonMobil, a US-based energy titan, discovered significant oil deposits within the region. The subsequent national referendum in December saw Caracas affirming its claim over Guayana Esequiba, a largely forested area that Venezuela asserts ownership of for more than a century. Guyana has vehemently objected, arguing that the territory constitutes two-thirds of its internationally recognized land and has sought assistance from the global community.

Following the referendum, US forces executed joint military exercises with Guyana. Additionally, in a display of support for Guyana, the British Royal Navy dispatched the patrol ship HMS Trent to the region in January.

Maduro’s statement further complicates the situation by implicating the US Southern Command, the CIA, and ExxonMobil in a conspiracy to commandeer Venezuelan resources, laying bare the geopolitical chess game at play over the region’s vast oil reserves.

Our Take

This unfolding scenario underscores the complex interplay of power, resources, and sovereignty in Latin America. The presence of US military bases under the guise of cooperation, juxtaposed with strategic oil discoveries, highlights a pattern of foreign influence and intervention cloaked in the veil of support and security. Such maneuvers not only exacerbate regional tensions but also pose significant questions about the true intentions behind the US’s military and economic engagements in the region.

The Essequibo dispute, hence, is not just a bilateral issue between Venezuela and Guyana but a microcosm of larger geopolitical dynamics involving superpowers vying for control over critical resources. As these developments continue to unfold, it becomes increasingly imperative to scrutinize the underlying motives of foreign interventions and the long-term implications they hold for the sovereignty and stability of Latin America.

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