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U.S. declares Venezuela a threat, sanctions top officials

The United States on Monday declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials in the worst diplomatic dispute with the oil-rich country since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.

President Barack Obama issued and signed the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target the energy sector or Venezuela's broader economy. The move raises tensions between Washington and the OPEC member just as U.S. relations with Cuba, another longtime U.S. foe in Latin America, are set to be normalized.

Declaring a country a national security threat is the first step in starting a sanctions regime. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, you are aware that April Fool's Day is at least three weeks away, are you not?!?

And would you mind, please, explaining, rationally to the American people as to WHY you woke up this morning, and declared "Venezuela a national security threat." ?!?!?

Is it because, sir they happen to be selling their oil for other currencies than the US dollar, is this not the real reason?!?

And as has happened, and is about to happen, to countries dealing with US sanctions; sanctions are most generally a prelude to war.