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What 50 countries are backing Guaidó?: Who knows? Who cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True

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By Dave Lindorff

American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America's hand-picked "legitimate leader" or "legitimate president" of Venezuela, as having an "administration."

The truth is that his "administration" consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders are all either arrested and being held by the government, hiding, seeking asylum in various foreign embassies (Spanish, Italian, Brazilian and Argentinian) in the capital of Caracas, or have fled to other countries like Brazil and Colombia.

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Guaidó, apparently a government of one, has so far avoided arrest probably because the elected Venezuelan President Maduro doesn't want to give the US an excuse to try and rescue him, or to launch military actions of some kind against Venezuela as the White House keeps threatening to do.

Clearly, in calling for US military intervention, Guaidó has both demonstrated almost his total lack of backing among the masses of Venezuelan people, as well as his desperation, given Latin American's visceral resentment of US interventions in their country, all of which have been designed to put autocrats or even military juntas in power, and many of which have openly overthrown popularly elected governments, as in Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and elsewhere.

None of this gets reported in the US. Only recently has the New York Times, always a reliable backer of US imperial policy in Latin America, at least hinted at the possibility that the reason Maduro remains president and thatGuaidó's efforts to oust him are failing for abysmally could be that the Venezuelan people want him to stay president, and do not want a US-backed coup or a US military intervention to replace him.

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At this point the huffing and puffing coming from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and especially from the White House National Security Advisor and chief militarist blowhard John Bolton, are looking pretty pathetic, with Bolton trying to sow dissension and distrust by hinting that Maduro "better not trust" his own generals' loyalty, and by offering rewards to those generals willing to abandon Maduro.

It is an indication of the United States's declining power and influence in Latin America that few outside the US with its insular mass media believe that the US would or even could successfully invade Venezuela and impose a government on that country of 32 million (a number that keeps declining as the upper middle class and rich flee).

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You're being pretty unfair to our free, independent, adversarial press, Dave. I can name a lot of the 50 countries, just from osmotically absorbing mainstream domestic coverage:

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* The United Kingdom of Poodle, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Haggis, and Winterfell

* America's Beaverskin Cap

* America's Kangarooskin Slippers

* The State of Say-Anything-Bad-About-Us-and-You're-Antisemitic

* The Federal Republic of Oktoberfest & Wurst

* La Grande Republique du Petit Emmanuel

* The United Provinces of IKEA's Offshored Headquarters

* The Schizoid Amalgam of Beer, Chocolate & Fries

* The Eastern Glock-Schnitzel March

* The Kingdom of Jamon Iberico, Paella & Berets

* The Desperate Fado-Singers Club

* The GAFAMs' Favorite Continental European Country

* The GAFAMs' Favorite Island European Country

* The Central Authority of Kielbasa

* F*ck-You-Slovakia-stan

* The Southern Goulash Empire

* The Intra-EU Delocalization Low Bidder with Throat Singing

* The Intra-EU Delocalization Low Bidder with Fast Internet

* The Republic of Okay If You Insist But No One's Gonna Say the "North" Part In Practice

* Central European F*ck-You-Russia-stan (Crimea not included)

* South-Central European F*ck-You-Russia-stan (not the one with peaches)

* The Baltic F*ck-You-Russia Libertarian Republics

* The Nordic F*ck-You-Russia Social-Democratic Republics (except for the one with lots of oil)

* The We're-Really-More-Alpine-Than-Balkan Republic

* The Balkan Republic of We Almost Beat Les Bleus and World War II Was a Long Time Ago

* Ko... Kosova? Kosovo?

* Marco from Tropoja

* The Mediterranean Island Republic of Are-You-Not-Entertained?

* The Bland Couscous Coast

* The Coffee Republic

* The Banana Republic

* The T-Shirt Factory

* The Republic of Can-We-Be-a-T-Shirt-Factory-Too? Or an open-pit-mining terrain? We're open to anything!

* The Guinea-Pig Deli, with Asylum Backsies on the Side

* Machupichustan

* The Great Amazonian Corruptocracy and School of Samba

* Pinochet-Wasn't-So-Bad-istan

* Videla-Wasn't-So-Bad-istan

* Stroessner-Wasn't-So-Bad-istan

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The list goes on, but I think we can safely put them all into one bag as "America's b!tches."

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Wouldn't it be great if US international criminals such as Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo would be arrested if they showed their face anywhere on the globe? I wonder if the Russians are holding Pompeo and have replaced him with a doppleganger to return to the US? It's possible. Therefore, the FBI should lock up the thing immediately upon its return and investigate it... Because no hot blooded patriotic American would ever willingly go to Russia to cavort with the enemy unless they were one of the god damned enemy to begin with and obviously up to no damn good. It's so obvious to me that he is an undercover Russian puppet coming back to steal more US intellectual property and other stuff.

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Does the US have any intellectual property anymore? Most of the doctorates in science and technology awarded by US universities these days go to people from China, India and Nigeria.


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I have discovered a sovereign nation whose leadership has mismanaged affairs to where 30-40% of the citizens are living in poverty and many of them are working 40 hour jobs as over 80% of those working fulltime make $30,000 or less, the life expectancy level is decreasing, the infant mortality level is increasing, adequate healthcare is out of reach of thousands due to costs with the number of people going bankrupt due to healthcare costs, thousands are incarcerated for trivial infractions, especially if they happen to be people of color or of a minority race, academic standards are lowering among the youth due to insufficiently funding schools, leadership is allowing the nation's infrastructure to deteriorate as highways are laced with holes and cracks in the pavement while bridges have been collapsing, millions of people have unfit water, elections have been deemed undemocratic due to suppression of voters, tapering in the counting of votes, etc. In fact, there has been a President of two terms who many feels was never actually the winner of either election, and leadership has established a sound propaganda voice through it's news media sources. One could go on, but this nation should be a stronger candidate than many for regime change. To make it an even better target it is has oil.

Someone ought to tell psychopaths John Bolton and Mike Pompeo about this country as it is primed for take-over.

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Oops, too late as they have already taken it over.


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[A]dequate healthcare is out of reach for thousands tens of millions . . . .
Fixed that for you.

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