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US Takes Illegal, Dangerous Actions Toward Regime Change in Venezuela

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The United States is taking illegal and dangerous actions to execute regime change in Venezuela. In January, Juan Guaidó declared himself "interim president," in a strategy orchestrated by the United States to seize power from President Nicola's Maduro.

In March, Guaidó announced that "Operation Freedom," an organization established to overthrow the Maduro government, would take certain "tactical actions" beginning on April 6. Part of the plan anticipates that the Venezuelan military will turn against Maduro.

This strategy is detailed in a 75-page regime change manual prepared by the U.S. Global Development Lab, a branch of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The manual advocates the creation of rapid expeditionary development teams to partner with the CIA and U.S. Special Forces to conduct "a mix of offensive, defensive, and stability operations [in] in extreme conditions."

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Some of these actions will, in all likelihood, involve combat operations. A USAID official said, "Anybody who doesn't think we need to be working in combat elements or working with SF [special forces] groups is just naive."

The manual was written by members of Frontier Design Group (FDG), a national security contractor whose "work has focused on the wicked and sometimes overlapping problem sets of fragility, violent extremism, terrorism, civil war, and insurgency," according to its mission statement. FDG was the "sole contractor" that USAID hired to write a "new counterinsurgency doctrine for the Trump administration," Tim Shorrock wrote at Washington Babylon.

Guaidó is funded by USAID's sister organization, the National Endowment for Democracy, which is notorious for meddling in other countries and putting a good face on the CIA's dirty business, as the late journalist William Blum explained.

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Writing in Salon, Medea Benjamin and Nicola's J. S. Davies cited Blum's statement that the United States generally opts for "low-intensity conflict" over full-scale wars. They noted that "'low-intensity conflict' involves four tools of regime change: sanctions or economic warfare; propaganda or 'information warfare'; covert and proxy war; and aerial bombardment. In Venezuela," they added, "the U.S. has used the first and second, with the third and fourth now 'on the table' since the first two have created chaos but so far not toppled the government."

Indeed, a combination of punishing sanctions imposed by the United States and blackouts exploited if not engineered by the U.S. have been unsuccessful in removing Maduro and installing Guaidó.

U.S. Sanctions Intensify Suffering of Venezuelan People

The Venezuelan economy was in direstraits before the Trump administration imposed harsher sanctions in January.

Crude oil production in Venezuela fell by 142,000 barrels a day in February, according to OPEC. "This shows that the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration in January had an immediate, very harsh impact on Venezuela's economy, and on the general population, which depends on the export revenue from oil for essential imports including medicine, food, medical equipment, and other life-saving necessities," Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, stated.

If this drop in oil production continues at the same rate, Venezuela stands to lose more than $2.5 billion in oil revenues during the next year. The U.S.-imposed sanctions will speed that decline.

On April 4, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Human Rights Watch issued a 71-page report documenting food and medicine shortages and sharp increases in disease throughout Venezuela. They characterize the situation as a humanitarian emergency and recommend a full-scale response by the United Nations secretary general.

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U.S. Misuses Humanitarian Aid as a "Political Weapon"

Guaidó's opposition "plans to use aid as their chief political weapon," according to TheNew York Times.

Although in February, the United States tried to deliver humanitarian assistance to Venezuela though Colombia, Maduro refused to accept it.

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Marjorie: Thank you very much for writing this.


I have been hoping to find such an incisive synopsis and a way to keep up with both the fast moving events and with the inherent subterfuge, and you have succeeded well!


I am glad also that you published it at OpEdNews, from which I will be sharing it with some large Facebook groups. Keep up the great work.


The presence of Elliott Abrams still remains the fly-in-the- ointment, at least in my way of thinking.



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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Another great video Stephen. It was hard to watch that criminal justify the actions of the US. I did not recognize any of the stenographers asking questions and I did not hear anyone questioning the moral justification of our interference in Venezuela.

I called my congress jerk and both of my Senators, Harris and Feinstein, to register again my objection to our governments deplorable actions in a foreign country.

Also, have you ever seen so many men that can not tie a tie?

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There are a few journalists that are twisting Abrams' knickers...

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