"5,000 Troops To Colombia" To Quell Venezuela Crisis? John Bolton Flashes Notepad Contents At Briefing
28 January, 2019
During a Monday White House press briefing national security adviser John Bolton was photographed carrying a notepad — presumably as he was fresh out of a national security meeting — and one of the things which appears to be handwritten on the pad is "5,000 troops to Colombia".
The contents of the notepad were spotted almost immediately by multiple journalists online after an NBC news release featuring the AP photo was published. More precisely the full contents appear to read:
"Afghanistan -> Welcome the Talks. 5,000 troops to Colombia."
And a closer look, per one of the first journalists to examine the photograph and writing, who noted that "if confirmed this would be a pretty terrible OPSEC [operations security] breach":
Hal Turner has an almost directly opposed viewpoint from me ("Maduro is a 'communist dictator' "). For all that often his intell has some value.
My own feeling is that the coup has already failed and the United States, despite the bravado, is already on the back foot.
I hope I am not proven wrong.
Intel: U.S. Troops to Colombia . . .
28 January, 2019
Today, National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared before the media to talk about Venezuela and various other issues. Bolton was carrying a typical yellow legal pad, with some things scrawled on it
Zooming-in on what was written, we can clearly see:
"Afghanistan - welcome the talking"
. . . and . . .
"5,000 troops to Colombia"
Here's the zoomed-in image:
This is a not-so-veiled threat. Make no mistake. This did not happen by accident.
Get ready, folks. This looks more and more like we're going to war with Venezuela.
UPDATE 6:39 PM EST --
White House spokesman responded to question about John Bolton's notepad that had "5,000 troops to Colombia" scribbled on it during Venezuela WH briefing. WH spokesperson said : “As the President has said, all options are on the table.”