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On Wednesday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox Businessā€™ Trish Regan, with a straight face, that Hezbollahā€”yes, the Lebanese militiaā€”has active cells in Venezuela.

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ā€œPeople donā€™t recognize that Hezbollah has active cells,ā€ Pompeo said. ā€œThe Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America.ā€ Regan, incredulously, tweeted out that Pompeo had ā€œconfirmedā€ to her that Hezbollah is operating in Venezuela.

If Fox News guest said this, it would be too stupid to even acknowledge. But this is coming from the top diplomat of the United States of America. The total sum of evidence given to the public for Hezbollah being active in Venezuela is rooted in the fever dreams of neocons, a Treasury action taken during the Bush administration, and a decade-old allegation by an Israeli diplomat. Given the specious evidence and what we know about the Trump administration, absolutely no one should take Pompeoā€™s word for it.

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The math for the Trump administration is simple: They want regime change in both Venezuela and Iran (and Nicaragua and Cuba), and splitting the difference to imply both are working together to destroy the Great Satan is a page directly out of the Bush administrationā€™s book. Letā€™s just hope that this time, no one falls for it.