A state of emergency could be imposed. It could last 90 days and be renewed. "The great unanswered question is how the government will react if it appears Chavez has lost. Unrest and violence" might follow.
Civil liberties could be suspended. Electoral results might be invalidated. "A preemptive move by the military" can't be ruled out.
Provocations are possible. Violence surges. "Basic food items disappear." Corporate media are closed "and/or prominent journalists are detained." Duddy called them "independent" ones "critical of the government."
Perhaps internal "Chavismo" divisions will erupt. Maybe a "senior political" official or Capriles figure is assassinated.
What if gasoline supplies are interrupted? Riots might follow.
Expect none of the above unless instigated by outside agitators and/or internal ones enlisted to serve Washington and oligarch interests.
Duddy claims political instability and violence "would damage US efforts to promote democracy, increase regional cooperation, combat narcotics, and protect its economic interests in the region."
Washington wants unchallenged control. It spurns democracy. It doesn't cooperate. It demands acquiescence. It facilitates drugs trafficking. The CIA has been involved for decades. Major US banks launder billions of dollars regularly.
Chavez's governing style is "authoritarian," claims Duddy. He's "undermining important political institutions, giving more powers to the presidency, and weakening both civil society and the independent media."
Venezuela is a model social democracy. Washington wants it destroyed. It wants neoliberal harshness replacing it. It wants Venezuelans deprived like most Americans.
Duddy also cites Cuban and Iranian influence. He doesn't know when to quit. He claims members of Chavez's government and military officials cooperate with terrorists. They also "facilitat(e) drug shipments"."
Venezuelan instability harms US companies doing business there, he said. America relies on regular oil shipments. Duddy discussed diplomatic, financial and military options.
Suggesting the latter especially shows hostile intent. At the same time, he said going that route "appears inappropriate." Don't rule it out. It's generally the last option when other methods fail. Sometimes it's top choice.
Duddy falsely claimed Washington "never unilaterally intervened militarily in a South American internal conflict"" Including Central America, it meddled repeatedly in the internal affairs of many countries since the 19th century.
Post-WW II alone, it ousted Guatemala's democratically elected president Jacobo Arbenz. In the 1980s, Contra wars raged in Nicaragua. It aided dictatorships in Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras.
It helped oust Chile's popular leader Salvador Allende. Over 15 brutal August Pinochet years followed. It deposed Jean-Bertrand Aristide twice.