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Trump Administration Intensifies Aggression Against Venezuela With Impunity

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Most U.S. lawmakers and mainstream media outlets have fully embraced the Trump administration's reckless economic war against Venezuela, a poor Latin American country that poses no threat to the United States. Meanwhile, as the White House escalates its campaign to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the establishment has adeptly convinced most Americans that Venezuela can only be saved by a U.S. puppet leader.

On Friday, April 5, after Vice President Mike Pence announced another round of sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil sector, a senior administration official told reporters that the White House was "seriously" considering the military option.

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The United States accusing Maduro of starving his own people while, at the same time, trying to weaken Venezuela's economy with crippling sanctions might seem like cognitive dissonance until one realizes it is obviously all part of the script. U.S. policymakers have, quite accurately, predicted nobody will notice or care.

In late January, shortly after U.S.-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido illegally proclaimed himself interim president, the United States seized billions of dollars' worth of Venezuelan oil assets. Maduro, in response, accused Washington of trying to orchestrate a coup to install Guaido as a puppet - one beholden to the United States - in order to control Venezuela's energy resources. Based on the aforementioned developments, Maduro's characterization seems about right.

Warmongering lawmakers like Senator Marco Rubio are not even trying to hide the fact they are dying to invade Venezuela. In February, Rubio went so far as to tweet photos from 2011 of a bloodied and battered Gaddafi - suggesting that Maduro will face the same fate.

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Rubio's stunt is quite instructive because it illustrates the utter inability of U.S. politicians to learn from past failed military excursions. The Obama administration's intervention in Libya transformed the once stable country into a terrorist slave-trading state. Before Gaddafi was ousted Libya ranked 111th on the Fragile States Index. Now, according to the same index, Libya is the 28th most unstable country in the world.

Even the Trump-hating mainstream media has applauded the president's policy on Venezuela. The New York Times editorial board on January 24 hailed Guaido as a "fresh young" savior. Less than a week later, the Times allowed the pretender to pen an op-ed in which he tried to blackmail Venezuela's military leaders to throw Maduro under the bus in exchange for amnesty.

Around the same time, in playing the media's proper role of skeptical watchdog, reporters Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal published a brilliant piece of investigative journalism on Guaido. The report exposed Guaido as an American operative with ties to the National Endowment for Democracy, an "NGO" founded by the CIA.

Guaido also has links to the so-called Chicago Boys, the notorious University of Chicago economic experts who helped Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet eradicate the socialist policies of the CIA-ousted Allende government.

And for all of his condemnations of Maduro's human rights abuses, Guaido too has blood on his hands from his days with the anti-government "guarimbas."

"Guaid├│'s Popular Will party formed the shock troops of the guarimbas that caused the deaths of police officers and common citizens alike. He had even boasted of his own participation in street riots," the report said.

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There have been a few lone voices in the wilderness opposing this madness. A group of former U.S. intelligence officials warned the Trump administration that intervening militarily in Venezuela could lead to war with Russia, which has backed Maduro from the beginning. The former U.S. officials argued that Moscow's support for Venezuela has not come close to crossing any Monroe Doctrine "red line," as Trump national security adviser John Bolton insinuated in early March.

"We realize that some in the media are trying to egg you on into taking forceful action, perhaps even of a military nature, to punish Russia," the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) said in a statement to Trump on April 4. "We urge you not to fall into this trap. This is not 19th century Latin America, and it is a far cry from the Cuba missile crisis of 1962."

Other rare voices include a group of progressive House Democrats who last month urged Trump to "change course" entirely on Venezuela. In addition, Senator Bernie Sanders has warned Trump not to effect any more regime change in Latin America where the U.S. has "meddled" in the internal affairs and/or overthrown the governments of more than a dozen countries since the 1930s.

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The White House on Friday escalated its economic war against Venezuela and said it was "seriously" considering the military option. Meanwhile, hardly anyone in the United States appears willing or able to stop it.

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Hardly anyone in the US is even aware of what is going on in Venezuela thanks to the Presstitute Media Propagandists doing their duty of brainwashing the populace which tells of how corrupt Maduro is and how the people in Venezuela are starving, no electricity, etc. All because the US is sabotaging that nation.

We are witnessing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a major scale.

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The U.S. made it even worse by trying to force "humanitarian" aid across Venezuela's borders - which the UN and Red Cross objected to - both rightly accusing Washington of politicizing aid. War crimes indeed.


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Sad to see American journalists once again lining up to be led into the slaughterhouse by the likes of the evil John Bolton and the CIA. They claim to detest Trump, yet utter not a word when he offers the same overplayed hand that has brought misery and death so often ... and even so recently.

That Juan Guaido is a CIA asset can be determined by even casual examination, yet our press cheer-leads for War.

Evidently, the people of Venezuela made a fatal decision when they decided to place their nation atop Exxon's oil.

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Here is an article that looks at recent comments made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Latin America and the situation in Venezuela:

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Apparently, truth is in the eye of the beholder.

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Pompeo and company go to great lengths to associate socialism with totalitarianism.


Also - I did not even get into the fact that Pompeo appointed a verifiable war criminal - Eliot Cohen - as envoy to Venezuela. Cohen was charged with crimes against humanity while leading U.S. latin america policy under Reagan. One would think that is the type of thing that would be a disqualifier. not for pompeo, apparently.


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Elliot Abrams. :)

They also go through great lengths to associate bombs with "democracy", and Venezuelan oil with "theirs". (...Up is down, oppression is freedom, saying the truth is antisemitism...)

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Ah yes! i apologize to Mr. Cohen!

Humanitarian bombings. Bomb them to save them.

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It is not Maduro they are looking to overthrow, after all wasn't it Chavez not many years back? Truth is they want to install Capitalism in the country which will steal the resources, presently supporting the people, and turn them over to wealthy corporations which will support a select few.

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Well done and incisive!


Thank you very much for slamming all of this together. I know how hard that can be on this particular subject.


It is so hard to keep up with what is truthfully happening in Venezuela, especially troubling with the likes of Elliott Abrams as the Special Envoy and Fly-in-the-Ointment.


This video clip is about ten days old, and I share it for what it is worth.



Full Briefing with Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams Briefing with Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, at the Department of State on March 29, 2019. A transcript is available on ...
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Thank you very much for slamming all of this together. I know how hard that can be on this particular subject.


It is so hard to keep up with what is truthfully happening in Venezuela, especially troubling with the likes of Elliott Abrams as the Special Envoy and Fly-in-the-Ointment.


This video clip is about ten days old, and I share it for what it is worth.



Full Briefing with Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams Briefing with Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, at the Department of State on March 29, 2019. A transcript is available on ...
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Such an important issue which so many die-hard war fans do not want to hear. I keep recommending John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" to people who can't hear or see past the glory of war. I don't know when but this corporate controlled empire is going to have no choice but to pay their heavy dues. Hope am still on earth for the beginning of that. Departed wife Marie in Belgium would always say it would be over my dead body. Back in divided states of confusion and not much could do that thought could when in Belgium when back. (Doing real good on only a cloud of smoke or 2 now and then, which took Marie.)

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Empire is my enemy.

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