Washington Supports Venezuelan Opposition
by Stephen Lendman
Obama wants Bolivarianism ended.
It's an open secret. Throughout Chavez's tenure, America supported opposition candidates. Quasi-government agencies did so. They're at it again now.
They include the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Republican Institute (ISI), USAID, and Development Alternatives. They supply millions of dollars. Doing so interferes lawlessly in Venezuelan elections.
In contrast, America's Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits foreign nationals from "contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly."
"It is unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment."
Foreign nationals include nations, political parties, corporations, partnerships, associations, other groups, individuals, and immigrants without green cards.
Do as we say, not as we do reflects US policy. In 2011, Obama requested millions of dollars. He supports Venezuelan opposition candidates. He wants them funded. America's Caracas embassy is directly involved. It's a hotbed of subversive activity.
US/Venezuelan relations remain tense for good reason. Both countries have no ambassadorial relations. It's been that way since 2010.
Patrick Duddy last represented Washington. He served from August 2007 - July 2010. In September 2008, Venezuela declared him persona non grata. Doing so reflected solidarity with Bolivia.
Washington expelled its ambassador. He conspired against Bolivian democracy. He encouraged internal disruptions.
In 2009, Duddy's persona non grata status was lifted. He returned as ambassador. He remained another year. He's held various Latin American posts. He represent imperial interests. He's now a Duke University Center for International Studies diplomat in residence.
On March 20, Venezuela suspended communications with Washington. At issue is interfering in its internal affairs. It's standard US practice. It's ongoing ahead of April's presidential elections.
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua explained "interventionist (US) statements." Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson called for "open, fair and transparent (April) elections." She said "it would be difficult" for Venezuela to do so. She lied.