The decision to promote Juan Guaidó as a rival president to Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela was clearly made in Washington, not in Caracas. The speed with which US allies in the Americas and western Europe recognised Guaidó’s claim on 23 January to be the legitimate president of Venezuela would not have been possible without a lot of prior coordination – and a lot of pressure by the Trump administration.
TRANSLATION: The U.S. fascist, empire has three options on the table for President, Maduro…
- Accept our bribes.
- Step down and let us install our own quisling and thug.
- Accept the military invasion of our troops.
It sure is inconvenient to live on top of Empire’s oil, gold, lithium, …
“Maduro’s government does not deserve to survive. It has run the country’s economy into the ground,”
Why does Maduro get the blame for what the regime changers did?
That was essentially my inner response too. The Venezuelan right wing studied ‘dirty tricks’ from the US experts, as have most of South and Central American right wing governments. For instance, in Brazil, Bolsonaro is implementing a Reagan-like ‘fly under-the-radar’ decimation of democratic government by decree to essentially gut all social service ministries/departments. He has handed all indigenous land rights processes over to the Ministry of Agriculture - owned and operated by agribusiness. The Reagan schtick was to quietly gut the departments and turn and point a finger demonizing the “inefficiency” and waste of taxpayer $ as reason to further gut. It was scam and weŕe living through the consequences. While we have Citizens United, Brazil had Operation Car wash - still a wrestling match but being threatened by the B
Trump has invaded our country, and we are better for it.
The United States must stop interfering in other nations, let them determine their own destiny, and concentrate on cleaning up the widespread corruption that exists at all levels of our own government.
Here is what Ray McGovern said on Twitter two days ago.
“Venezuela could be Trump’s Bay of Pigs, with Bolton playing CIA’s Alan Dulles and Pompeo John Foster Dulles. They and the US military brass tried to mousetrap JFK with deceitful assurances that there would be no need for US military action. Will Trump face them down, as JFK did?”
My opinion is that Trump is too stupid and will do what he’s told. Any invasion will be a nightmare for the Venezuelan people but will turn into a quagmire. Maduro knows what happened to Qaddafi and Libya and his supporters will fight to the end. Despite the mainstream media claiming the the country was a rich paradise before Chavez, the peasants know whats going to happen to them as well.
Excuse me Gwynne, but weren’t you trained in history? I mean
what are you talking about, “being shocked” that “Canada, the UK,”. . . (the West), are in bed with the “Evil Troika”–CD’s; apt description of Bolton, Pompeo, and Abrams?
This is Iran deja vu, 1953, overthrowing democratically
elected Mossadegh, for Shah Reza Pahlavi, SAVAK, and U.S. supporting a torture regime change, for cheap oil for the West. Sorry, but “invasions for good intentions” is nonsense, at best; and beneath your journalist credentials.
How about writing for a criminal investigation, by the new Democratic
Party (House) on U.S. regime policy in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan,
and maybe even 9/11 and the JFK assassination? Or has your training
in history been defiled?
“Conservative” means “stupid”.
Nature sends the stupid however, to control overpopulation through wars, starvation, global warming and other fucking shit.
Liberals don’t make money. Therefore the oligarchy doesn’t want them to promote family planning, education and other humane, scientific ways of dealing with environmental, economic and social problems.
Man, did I fuck up earlier.
What I intended to say earlier, was, "Trump has invaded our country, and we are ‘not’ better for it."
Please excuse my mistake folks.
You could be right ("Regime Changers created the economic mess) that Maduro can blame this on the U.S. and the U.S. alone, but there is a dearth of information about the methods employed by corporate America to break the Venezuelan economy. I for one would love to discover, if indeed the U.S. is responsible for the country’s economic woes, how the U.S. prevented the population from getting medicine, food and any other basic goods and services? After all, the rest of the world would be glad to step in and trade, advise, negotiate and positively engage with the Venezuelan government despite the U.S. governments’ official taboo with all things Maduro.
Perhaps there is something more sinister here at play? Perhaps there is a complex system in place that prevents other countries from circumventing American “Voodoo economics”? Maybe threats are involved? But in any case I would like to see more examples of corporate malfeasance in practice in regards to Venezuela. It is difficult to be objective when there is a lack of information about how Venezuela descended into such hardships and in particular… how the Venezuelan academics and politicians interpret the current “crisis”? What does this actual crisis even look like… if it is indeed a crisis at all?
Are there any insights online from an ‘unbiased academic perspective’ out there that anyone can direct me to? Years ago during the Chavez days, I read several articles about an improvement in social programs, a rise in basic necessities and a large improvement in the overall lives of the aboriginals and some other bottom feeders of Venezuelan society, but I can’t find anything about what Maduro’s current challenges are and how the the U.S. is contributing to it. I’d prefer English, but I can make Spanish work in a pinch if anyone knows a particularly reliable source. Much appreciated.
I use venezuelaanalysis telesurtv and follow Max Blumental and Abby Martin on twitter.
I found part of the article to be false. No, the Venezuelan presidential election was not rigged. These are lies coming from the Trump Administration and the right in Venezuela. Consult the Carter Center, the top election observers on the planet. They recognize Venezuela’s practices on the elections to be the best in world. They were there during the election and used their normal observation procedures finding no issues with the integrity of the process.
yeah, the author lost me there.
if the government doesn’t “deserve” to survive, and your only objection is who does the dirty deed, that’s not much of a progressive position. He’s basically saying “hey, let 'em have a civil war to get rid of the bum, but we stay out of it!”. I’m not exactly impressed with that perspective. It’s something Pat Buchanan would say.
“Will Trump face them down, as JFK did?”
Doubtful, not out of stupidity, but loyality, Trump might be in a different camp, but he’s still a fascist through and through, and he sure as hell is no JFK. I usually agree with most of what McGovern says, but I’m afraid he way off base on this one.
War criminal Elliot Abrams, convicted in the Iran-Contra Scandal then pardoned by GHW Bush, Pompeo, who believes all things lead to the rapture, and John Bolton, a man who thinks bombing is the best foreign policy; are the engineers driving this train off the cliff. Remember, all this was started by the Obama administration back in 2014 when the first sanctions were levied and the CIA started backing rightwing businessmen to push their followers into the street in protest. This whole situation reeks of US imperialism and more oil driven foreign policy. Also, a bipartisan congress just past and Donnie just signed the NICA Act to start the ball rolling for regime change in Nicaragua, because the US oligarchy hates socialism.
"… US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was soon saying that ‘all options are on the table.’”
Really? How about lifting the sanctions? Is that on the table?
If Gwynne Dyer has information to the effect that last years presidential election was fixed he should share it. It would be news. Nobody said so at the time. And no evidence is now being put forward to substantiate the assertion which looks like propagandistic lying.
It is certainly said that the refusal of the right wing opposition to run a candidate and their calls to boycott the election affected the result. But the likelihood is that the boycott took place because the right knew that they would lose, as they have lost consistently since Chavez first won election. As to the turnout, that reflects both the opposition boycott and the lack of urgency among Maduro’s supporters to take part in a vote in which the result was never in doubt. It still compares well with the turnout of eligible voters in US Presidential elections.
Dyer’s remarks on the economy are disingenuous: Maduro may very well be a bad economic steward but incompetence does not account for the current state of affairs: sabotage, sanctions and a boycott of dealings with a government outlawed by the US are all important factors. The problem is that the Bolivarians attempted to put a smile on the face of revolution, refusing to dispossess the oligarchs thus not only leaving them free to create mayhem in the economy but also leaving them with all the power and wealth needed to run continuous campaigns of subversion against a mildly socialist government.
It is sad to see Gwynne Dyer attempting to maintain credibility by parroting just enough imperialist propaganda not to be catalogued as an ‘extremist.’ He knows better.
Well said, bevin. Many valuable points in your comment.
Good comments in this forum.
Terribly unfortunate that Dyer’s telling the Venezuelan people to go to hell. The US weapons manufacturers stand to make billions in weapons sales to the Venezuelan opposition, and Trump prefaced that in not forfeiting weapons sales to the Saudis over one butchered journalist.
How accurate to declare this “Trump’s Bay of Pigs.”
Abby Martin and Jimmy Dore have a great interview with Venezuela experts on RT’s Jesse Ventura’s spot.