On the Venezuela Border: by Army Vet

By | February 10, 2018

[February 10, 2018]  Army Vet has just returned from the border between VENEZUELA and COLUMBIA to tell his story. 

Don’t believe what the mass-media talking heads tell you.  There’s a real fight going on, a bloody nasty rock & roll fight that pits the  country of Colombia against the socialist-dictator controlled Venezuela.  If you believe nothing is going on because you don’t hear anything or read about it, think again.  The Colombian Army sits along the border to control both the flow of the Venezuelan trafficking drugs and now to regulate the flow of immigrants fleeing hunger, crime, and corruption of government officials. 

From the people I talk off-the-record with friends of mine in the Colombian government, they say that the number of Venezuelan immigrants coming in illegally could reach 1 million by this summer.  These two countries have had a rocky relationship over the years but since Venezuela went socialist, things changed.  For one, the socialist government takes its most profits from the movement of illegal drugs and trafficking in illicit oil shipments. 

What’s the deal?  The socialist government of Venezuela gets by on what you and I would consider illegal and immoral.  They tear the countryside of its natural resources, enrich themselves personally, and keep their citizens suppressed with a combination of the highly-moral sounding ideology of socialism, and police-military enforced suppression of dissent.  They are also very good at blaming all their problems on the United States and capitalism.  For those on the ground here in the border region, we just laugh at the Western journalists who suck up this reasoning. 

The Colombian Army battalion I was advising had units spread out to catch any cross-border incursions by the Venezuelan army.  These incursions were at least weekly affairs somewhere along the line and firefights occurred in most cases.  Casualties usually happened to Venezuelan soldiers but the good guys took them too.  One thing I learned quickly was that non-Colombian  journalists who covered the fighting rarely wrote about it at all and when they did, what they wrote was consistently wrong. 

What surprised me a bit was that Brazil sent a few observers to the “front” to gather lessons learned in an effort to repeal Venezuelan-inspired incursions.  These observers were under orders to never reveal their mission and avoid at all costs being captured.  And this was not the only nation who sent soldiers to embed with Colombian army forces; the United States and also surprising to me, Panama (not bordering Venezuela), Guyana, and Trinidad/Tobago (islands off Venezuela).  Everyone, it seems, wanted to pick up on what Colombia was doing. 

If you are surprised at what is going on with drugs and immigration, then you are a “useful idiot”… but you wouldn’t be reading this, would you?  There is a war going on and American citizens are simply not in the loop.  Liberals in the West are clueless at how socialism, combined with a dictatorship (Surprise! This happens all the time), always (and I mean always) destroys a country.  Even the most stable, most rich, most stable, and most advanced society falls when infected with socialism.  If you are a lover of that ideology you can stop reading right now. 

Here is the hard lesson those of us on the border know.  The lesson is that socialism does not work.  It is a failed system and we can see it in how poorly the Venezuelan army fought us.  They had motivation that came from the barrel of a gun of their “handlers” … and their soldiers would run when given the chance.  We pitted them.  They always lost the engagement.  They always will.  That is the lesson of lies, corruption, and failure; all inevitable in socialism. 

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Author: Army Vet

“Army Vet” is, of course, a pseudonym. He is real. The only way he would agree to write for theLeaderMaker.com was anonymously. As you will see, he’s not afraid to name names and tell it like it is but he does fear for his family, thus the fake name. His experience in with militaries around the world is extensive but more poignantly, he originally served in the Israeli Army and then the U.S. Army; fighting in wars of both armies. He will write on military leadership but I think you will find him to be somewhat unconventional and certainly controversial.

3 thoughts on “On the Venezuela Border: by Army Vet

  1. Army Captain

    Love “Army Vet” …. great and insightful. One of our finest in action even after he retired from the US military.

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