Mike Pompeo is keeping US diplomats in Venezuela to break Nicolas Maduro’s military alliance

Any military attack on the U.S. embassy would invite a violent exchange with the embassy’s Marine security garrison. It would also become a standing invitation for the Marine FAST team, which is likely being moved proximate to Venezuela even as we speak. Even if the Venezuelan generals could win a short-term struggle for control of the embassy compound, any loss of American life would not only be matched by significant Venezuelan military casualties (the embassy’s terrain is well-suited to a defensive action), but it would also become a legitimate casus belli. An attack on the U.S. would hasten the demise of the officers involved or lead to their future lifetime spent in a U.S. federal penitentiary.