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Corporate Media Don’t Think Americans Paid to Invade Venezuela Count as Mercenaries

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/12/corporate-media-dont-think-americans-paid-invade-venezuela-count-mercenaries

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Let’s be crystal clear: US media are NOT “toadies,” “supine,” or “clueless,” assertions often found in these threads. No. They are KNOWINGLY COMPLICIT (sorry for shouting). They are the front-line disseminators of rentier-class propaganda and the primary bulwark against independent thought. They are the big guns in the 1%'s class war on the 99%, and anything they say is deserving of the highest level of suspicion, scorn and scrutiny.

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Not much new under the sun. US is always going to US. And of course there will be no paper trails on this. But given the long long long and abundant history of these types of ‘operations’ by the US in so many countries, is there any doubt that these guys were acting on their own?

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True, Guild.

In a recent exchange with a commenter who claimed to have considerable knowledge of FDR, I was surprised that he expressed no knowledge of the 1933 plot to overthrow FDR.

It’s easy to Google, and the report has been around for years. “The Business Plot” or “The coup against FDR.” Wikipedia notes, “The Business Plot was a political conspiracy in 1933 in the United States. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler asserted that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans’ organization with Butler as its leader, and use it in coup d’etat to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

Wikipedia also reports that the New York Times at that time, the paper of record, summarily dismissed Butler’s report as a hoax. Despite General Butler’s assertions, no one was ever indicted for planning this coup.

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The article missed that there were US war games going on just off the coast of Venezuela while the invasion attempt was launching, almost certainly to support its operations.

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