The strange case of the ‘5,000 troops to Colombia’ blurb on Bolton’s notepad

The strange case of the ‘5,000 troops to Colombia’ blurb on Bolton’s notepad
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[Ed. – I tend to agree with Claudia Rosett that this looks like a subtly deployed bluff, designed to sow doubt for Nicolas Maduro.  Trump has made clear he isn’t a fan of slinging troops around outside our borders.  He knows his base doesn’t like it either.]

In most of the media, it’s playing as one of those gotcha moments. At Monday’s White House press briefing National Security Advisor John Bolton came to make some remarks on Venezuela. He carried a  lined yellow legal pad, on which two short scribbled notes were visible to photographers. The scribble that made news was: “5,000 troops to Colombia.”

That sure sounds like a ramped-up threat to Colombia’s neighbor, Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. A glimpse of inside pow-wows at the White House. It looked a lot more specific than President Trump’s warning that “all options are on the table.”

Was it a slip on Bolton’s part? Did the media steal a march on the National Security Advisor, by catching his note on camera?

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