Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote in an op-ed Wednesday the U.S. should be ready to militarily intervene in Venezuela.
“The U.S. must be willing to intervene in Venezuela the way we did in Grenada,” Graham wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
“Mr. Trump should tell Cuba to withdraw all security forces from Venezuela immediately. If Cuba doesn’t comply, the U.S. should move military assets to the region.”
The U.S. invaded Grenada in 1983, toppling a revolutionary military government, a move that was condemned by the international community.
The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution saying the body “deeply deplores the armed intervention in Grenada, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of that State,” noting that many innocent civilians died in the intervention.
The Trump administration has refused to rule out armed intervention in Venezuela amid escalating tensions between the country’s president and his opposition.
The U.S., along with 50 other countries and organization, has recognized National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as the interim president of the South American country, though President Nicolás Maduro has refused to step down.
Guaidó and his supporters claim Maduro’s last election was illegitimate.
Guaidó tried to oust the president from office late last month, but failed to secure the support of key military leaders.
“A strong American response would force the Venezuelan military leadership’s hand,” Graham wrote Wednesday. “While no one wants a military conflict, this nightmare in Venezuela must end for the good of the region and for the sake of democracy.”