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Media Blackout: Another US-Backed Coup Attempt Fails In Venezuela

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Published on: November 21, 2019

While the Trump administration talks about changing American foreign policy, it seems it continues to do a lot of the same things.  For instance, recall how our troops are being used to guard Syrian’ oil fields now.  Fresh off a US-backed coup in Bolivia in which President Evo Morales was deposed from power last week, a report is out that points to a failed US-backed coup in Venezuela to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela over the weekend.

Of course, warmongering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threw US weight behind the coup attempt.

“Venezuelans continue to take to the streets, as they have day after day, in city after city, to demand their basic needs be met. Maduro’s illegitimate corrupt regime attempts to silence them, but as the world saw in , the will of the people will always prevail,” he tweeted.

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Vice President Mike Pence, another one who has the same aggressive warmongering attitude as Pompeo openly called for the coup.

“Maduro and his gang of thugs continue to repress democracy. Yesterday’s raid on President @jguaido’s Party Headquarters is reprehensible and shows how weak and paranoid they are. Maduro has no respect for or the rule of law and he must go!” he tweeted, and followed it with, “We urge the Venezuelan military to stand with the people of Venezuela, not a despot. The Venezuelan military should be a force of good! The power to change for the better is in your hands!”

A despot Maduro is, indeed, but that is for the people to deal with in Venezuela, not the united States.  We have our own despots to deal with who continually violate the Constitution against the people, ignore our rights, fail to uphold the rule of law and spend us into oblivion against the clear constraints of the Constitution… and both of these men support it!

Alan Macleod at Mint Press News has the story of what took place.

U.S.-backed self-declared President Juan Guaidó, who had tried multiple times earlier in the year to depose Maduro to no avail, had long publicly targeted November 16 as the date of his latest insurrection, calling on all Venezuelans to rise up and fight in the streets against the “dictatorship.” That way, he explained on social media, they could build up national and international pressure on Maduro

U.S. Southern Command, responsible for all American military activity in Latin America and the Caribbean, effectively turned its social media accounts over to the coup, constantly sharing or retweeting pro-regime change messages from American officials or from Guaidó himself. 

Yet, despite this enormous signal boosting online, the coup attempt fell completely flat, like in January, Venezuela’s armed forces failed to defect to Guaidó’s side. Furthermore, he was unable to muster significant public support in the streets, his demonstrations poorly attended with large counter-demonstrations neutralizing his efforts. As the generally pro-Guaidó Associated Press noted, the protests “lacked the size and combativeness of demonstrations in January,” and warned that Guaidó may not be able to sustain his momentum. The news wire service also interviewed participants “disappointed” that the crowds were “not large,” yet the idea that this marked the end of Guaidó’s relevance was mooted. 

Trying to put a brave spin on the disappointing events, Senator Marco Rubio, who has taken a prominent role with regards to U.S. policy in Latin America, claimed the Associated Press report was false, sharing a video of a massive anti-government rally. But, as immediately pointed out by many, the images he posted were ten months old, from Guaidó’s first coup attempt in January.

Remember, just like every other disaster in the Middle East where the US has stuck its nose and its appointed puppet, who became the “dictator,” Venezuela has felt the same oppression and desire for control of its resources by the US.

Though I did enjoy the latest Amazon series of Jack Ryan, in Season 2, the issue became Venezuela and their resources as well as a potential Russian threat.  This is nothing more than war propaganda for the American people, and we should see it as such , no matter how entertaining.

However, one must ask, who exactly is Juan Guaido.

Macleod informs us:

A previously virtually unknown political figure from a far-right political party, Guaidó shocked the world by proclaiming himself president of Venezuela in January, declaring Maduro to be illegitimate. Despite receiving unqualified support from the U.S. government and corporate media, his efforts at gaining power led to little tangible success. In April, Guaidó called on the military to rebel and join him. However, that attempt also collapsed under the weight of its own popularity, as between 0 and 0.1% of active armed forces personnel came over to his side. 

Guaidó had earlier promised Pence that he enjoyed the support of at least half the Venezuelan military, leaving the Vice President furious with his collaborator. Nevertheless, Guaidó continues to enjoy the support of the U.S. government; American taxpayers supplied him with $52 million for further efforts at regime change in September while USAID announced it was channeling a further $42 million to him last month. This, despite the Venezuelan politician being widely accused of embezzling millions of dollars in humanitarian aid earlier this summer. 

40 years ago, the U.S. government would attempt to clandestinely overthrow foreign governments. Now, however, it appears that they do so openly on public forums, applauded by mainstream media. Of course, there is little doubt there will be any consequences for Pence calling for the overthrow of an elected foreign leader on Twitter, or for Rubio to share fake news. 

In contrast, Twitter deleted thousands of accounts sympathetic to the Venezuelan government, including Maduro’s own (temporarily), while independent media outlet Venezuelanalysis and the Venezuelan government-owned TeleSUR, which challenged the U.S. government narrative, were removed from Facebook last year. 

Nevertheless, the 2019 coup attempts in Venezuela may prove to have backfired. Inside Venezuela, the left is arguably more united than ever, with the right fractured between the radicals around Guaidó and more moderate opposition. Furthermore, with ex-Brazilian President Lula da Silva released from prison and a progressive government elected in Argentina, there may be more resistance in the future to American regime attempts in its “backyard.”

So, does anyone not think we are being set up for more US dollars to go into orchestrating the next coup in Venezuela?  If you don’t, you simply are not paying attention.

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