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U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous

U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies

In 1995 William Blum wrote a masterful book in which he chronicled U.S. involvement in fifty-five regime change operations around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994).

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Bolton should be tried as a war criminal and shot. Add to that list Elliot Abrams, “Dick” Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Stephen Miller just to name a few.

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There are full scale and violent demonstrations ongoing in Haiti against its corrupt Government. This tied to Venezuela as that Country was providing aid to Haiti and helping to rebuild its infrastructure. What prompted those people getting into the street was the Government of Haiti recognizing Guaido as the rightful leader of Venezuela.

The US Government supports the Government of Haiti and rather than condemn the brutal repression that goes on have announced their support for its Government claiming the demonstraters as “violent”. Meanwhile several Americans have been arrested in Haiti with a cache of arms intended for right wong mercenaries who have a habit of killing “socialists”.

US actions in Venezuela will have negative consequences throughout the entire region.

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It seems the protesters in Haiti want Putin to intervene and rid Haiti of their President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. And these same protesters had gall to burn that flag of a country that has made them victims of imperialism for decades.

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Here is Roger Waters on Venezuela:

Peace
Po

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The crucial question: What would President Joe Biden do?

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Max Blumenthal, Aaron Mate, and Ben Norton are a few reporters on the scene in Venezuela.

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Send in Dr. Jill Stein to mediate?

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HI UnclePo–Thank you for that----so wonderfully said and I have no idea who Roger Waters is—but I really like him. : )

“Mike” Bolton sez:
“It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

Pure, undiluted horseshit, as per usual.

It will make “a big difference” to a small handful of oil oligarchs and various shareholders. They represent “the United States” to the same degree Juan Guaidó represents “the Venezuelan government”.

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Roger Waters is a musician who played with the band Pink Floyd. I’m a jazz and bossa nova guy myself but Waters is always on the anti imperialist side of things. I admire him.

Peace
Po

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" Exposing the real U.S. interest in Venezuela, Bolton brazenly [told Fox News], ‘It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.’”

You betcha, Johnny! Or at least, a few people among your jingo-pals will make a ton of oil-toxic money on yet another conquest! And the “funny” part is, you imagine there’ll be no price to pay.

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Reminds me of the old Civil War photo with over a half dozen being hanged by union troops. Double exposure anyone?

Yup.
Hey, I hope all you readers are bombarding this spineless, ignorant, greasy-oily, and/or psychophantic Congress every day with calls and emails to protest what Bolton and Abrams are setting up: a bloody civil war, the US pillaging Venezuela to get “our” oil, and a horrific humanitarian crisis. Worst case scenario—all-out war. Onward to WWIII? F**kers. Call them.

Furthermore, what the hell are we doing trying to get MORE fossil fuel? We must get off our use, dependence, on fossil fuels.

[A reply to a post on Haitian riots that inexplicably appeared on its own]

Specifically, it has been reported that the aid from Venezuela, in the form of discounted petrol imports, was siphoned off by the corrupt government. This government, it should be remembered, is still based on the 2004 coup against the elected president that was mounted by the U.S., France and Canada. In several elections since then, the most popular party, Lavalas, was barred from running candidates.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, BTW, readily acknowledged an important historical debt to Haiti. When Bolivar was on the ropes in his campaign to free South American countries from the Spanish Empire, Haiti, newly freed from France but owing huge reparations to France, offered refuge and substantial material aid to Bolivar. Hugo Chavez, and Maduro too, made a point of thanking Haiti.

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Yes , and as far as the coup of 2004 goes, it was to ensure a corrupt leader put in charge. Thats how neo-colonialism works . A puppet leader is put in place and as long as he continues to pay tribute to his Colonial masters , he can freely loot the Country and line his own pockets.

France gets 500 billion a year in tribute from Ex-Colonies in Africa. When there a potential for a leader to rise that would stop this tribute, they sponsor a coup.

As far as the USA goes , guys like Noriega and Saddam Hussein were chums until they decided not to play the game and of a sudden they were “mad dogs” and “brutal dictators” and the USA was “obligated” to invade to “defend human rights”.

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The more dependent upon fossil fuels the world becomes, the more mortally vulnerable they become to any disruption of that supply. Trump thrives among the world’s most heinous warmongers. He only says he’s against war. He’s lying about that along with the constant stream of lies he tells every day. Trump is a mob boss murderer colluding with world oligarchs to commit genocide.

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Genocide and ecocide, Wellan. Except for the sociopaths, like Dump and his Orange Cabal, I cannot understand the [mythical] lemming behavior of the rapists of the planet. Sure, they’re capitalists, out to ravage as much of the planet and its denizens as they can…but does NO ONE of their group recognize that there really is a limit which, once crossed, is the end of life/lives as we know it? That blows my mind…in any country, starting here in Amerika.

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World leaders declare war to cull their own populations, starting with the poor and minorities. The Vietnam War coincided with the civil rights movement. Many nation’s leaders decide population reduction in a bloody war would leave their class able to enjoy the pleasures of modern living with even less concern for the underclass. We’re headed for an environmental catastrophe, so the ruling class have decided there’s not enough room on the planet for everyone and some will be disposed of.
What is denial of global warming, but another form of warfare with the same grisly results.
DJT is a mad man.

HI UnclePo… I did go and look him up—and I liked him even more then. : ) Thank you for your response. : )