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The Open Veins of Venezuela

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s maniacal National Security Advisor of Fox News-fame, tweeted that the whole “world is watching” the US-staged drama in Venezuela.

Elliot Abrams, Donald Trump’s neocon “Special Representative for Venezuela,” is the man on the scene, despite (or because of) his record as a war criminal from Ronald Reagan’s war on Nicaragua, his role as a key architect of George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, and his complicity in the failed 2002 coup in Venezuela against its elected President Hugo Chavez.

Throw in the lapdog Juan Guaido, educated in Washington DC at George Washington University where the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold sway. Guaido is openly calling for US military intervention to put himself in power, so that he can inaugurate a Milton-Friedmanesque shock-doctrine austerity program to resolve Venezuela’s economic problems, and hand over Venezuela to Big Oil. I imagine he is also hoping to get a Nobel Prize someday.

The cast of characters here alone tells the tale. The US government is once again proclaiming loudly that they are in command in Latin America, that governments in the empire’s back yard must show their loyalty to the Gringos, or else. No more talk of socialism, not even of the much-ballyhooed 21st-century variety.

Just like during the run-up to the Iraq War, the media and the Democrats are following in lock-step behind the Republican buffoon in the Very White House. The corporate press is as Fake News as it gets on Venezuela. The US-waged economic war and destabilization campaign against Venezuela is just a fact of nature, for which nobody is responsible except those who won’t bow to the will of the Yankees. Maduro is Saddam is Noriega is Hitler is Stalin. Not even Our Hero Bernie can extricate himself from this narrative. Only the young and so-far lonely Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii seems able to find any kind of national platform to speak out against the Regime Changers.

Trump is assembling his Gorings and Goebbels. His National Emergency is in place. The only thing that has saved us from 21st Century NeoFascism to date is Trump’s disorganization and attention deficit disorder. Time will tell the tale, if there is any time left.

Marc Norton’s website is www.MarcNorton.us.

 

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