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US planning to start a war with Venezuela: Venezuelan Foreign Minister

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After US imposed sanctions on Venezuela, the foreign minister of the South American nation said that the Barack Obama-led government is planning to start a war against them.

Delcy Rodriguez ,Venezuelan Foreign Minister told Chinese news agency Xinhua that the US is laying the legal groundwork to wage a war against Venezuela. She said that President Obama is seeking the support of the congress to attack the countries that don’t serve US interest.

At a hearing in the US Senate on Wednesday, the White House asked lawmakers to grant extensive powers to fight the Islamic State (IS) anywhere in the world.

Warning the nation of  Cuba like economic sanctions against Venezuela, the Foreign Minister said, “The US is preparing to declare war on all countries because requesting authorization to use military force without a geographic restriction means they can invade any country.”

 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sought the right to rule by decree for six months from the Parlimanet so as to be able to cope with the US threat properly.

On Monday, Obama issued an executive order to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses and corruption.

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U.S Intelligence Agencies Work To Navigate Today’s Complex Strategic Environment

As part of the effort, the strategy calls for sharing more “actionable cyberthreat intelligence to support the defense of vital information networks and critical infrastructure.

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A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Sept. 9, 2014. (VOA)

U.S. intelligence agencies trying to plot their course for the next four years are facing an ever more chaotic world, complicated by a weakening of the Western-led international order, rapidly changing technology, and persistent worries over uncertain funding.

The plan, outlined Tuesday in the new National Intelligence Strategy, offers what top intelligence officials describe as both “monumental” and “fundamental” improvements over the previous strategy, and is designed to reassure Americans in uncertain times.

“We face significant challenges in the domestic and global environment,” the strategy cautions. “To navigate today’s turbulent and complex strategic environment, we must do things differently.”

Transparency, ‘speaking truth’

Part of that difference will be a renewed emphasis on transparency and “speaking truth,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told members of the intelligence community while unveiling the strategy.

“We need to reassure the policymakers and the American people that we can be trusted,” Coats said, “despite the stresses that are persistent in the current environment.”

The new strategy identifies two of those stresses as “the weakening of the post-WWII [World War Two] international order,” and what it calls “increasingly isolationist tendencies in the West.”

FILE - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 13, 2018.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 13, 2018.

Former intelligence officials have been quick to blame U.S. President Donald Trump for both, citing his apparent willingness to cozy up to adversaries like Russian Preside