Only a couple of weeks ago few outside of Venezuela knew of Juan Guaido, the 35-year-old politician, referred to by the media as “right wing,” who swore himself in as interim president of Venezuela, directly attacking the duly elected president Nicholas Maduro.
Absent the mass media coverage is how Guaido has been U.S.A. primed and groomed.
Barely a mention that he was brought to Washington this past December and has met a number of times with Senator Marco Rubio, a staunch opponent of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, to plan strategies to overthrow Maduro.
But the current coup attempt and the implications of a U.S. led government overthrow comes as no surprise to Trends Journal subscribers. Gerald Celente had once again forecast “History Before it Happens” in the November 2018 edition:
“Should the governments of Argentina, Columbia and Brazil team up to take out the Venezuela government – with the assistance of the United States with its long history of inciting, planning and supporting military coups and social unrest throughout South and Central America – they all have enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy a good part of life on Earth. (See, Triangle of Death, Trends Journal, November 2018)”
Indeed, the prevailing economic conditions in Venezuela, derisively labeled the Congo of South America, was ground zero for social unrest and political discontent.
Marked by deepening economic depression, exploding emigration, accelerating scarcity of food, clean water, electricity, housing and other basic staples of daily life, the nation has long teetered on the edge of implosion.
Once the richest nation of South America, Venezuela’s currency, the Bolivar, is essentially worthless, its inflation rate at 1.3 million percent, its unemployment rate at 40 percent… as Celente has long noted, “when people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.” And in a radically divided Venezuela, many have now lost it.
AMERICA: MASTERS OF DESTRUCTION
On cue, after Maduro won the presidential election last May, the U.S. government – the divine authority of how every nation should obey “The Exceptional” American high immoral dictates and follow Washington’s orders – declared the Venezuelan election invalid and fraudulent.
As Nicholas Maduro was poised to be sworn in as President of Venezuela on January 10th, the U.S. implemented its coup d’état with the coronation of Juan Guaido as the country’s interim leader, in effect dismissing Maduro from office.
President Trump’s administration launched its propaganda campaign branding Maduro’s victory as “heavily rigged,” “fraudulent,” “a sham,” “a joke” and “a disgrace.”
But, in fact, elections in Venezuela were regarded as among the most closely monitored in the world. Indeed, the Venezuelan government asked the United Nations to send teams to monitor election fairness and accuracy last May. It was a successful U.S.-led effort that blocked that request. However, several international monitoring organizations observed the elections and affirmed their fairness. For instance, the African Nations’ delegation stated:
“The Venezuelan people who chose to participate in the electoral process of May 20 were not subject to any external pressures… As such, we implore the international community to abide by international law and the principles of self-determination and recognize what we consider to be a free, fair, fully transparent and sovereign election.”
But these facts are disregarded by the political establishment and ignored by America’s Presstitute media who get paid to put out by their D.C. whore masters and corporate Johns. (see Presstitutes Sell War Propaganda, p.7)
SELLING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY… AGAIN
Despite promoting the guise of bringing “Freedom and Democracy” to Venezuela as an excuse for regime change (Iraq, Libya, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Yemen, etc.), and a long history of proven track records of making bad situations terribly worse, the White House and media are selling it once again, and we forecast, the general public will buy it.
In proof of his point, on 23 January, his Highness, the Godly Ruler of America, President Donald “Reality Show Champion” Trump, powered into office by a mere 26 percent of eligible voters, declared: “Maduro is no longer president of Venezuela. I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.”
Speaking for We the People, Vice President Mike Pence weighed in with a video stating, “On behalf of the American people, we say: estamos conustedes. We are with you. We stand with you, and we will stay with you until Democracy is restored.”
And to bring democracy to Venezuela, the Trump administration hired Iraq warmonger cheerleader, champion of Latin American death squads that slaughtered tens of thousands, criminal Elliott Abrams, who was convicted in the Iran-Contra scandal in which Ronald Reagan’s administration secretly funded paramilitary groups in Nicaragua.
Ignoring Abrams track record of love of lying and violence, as did the U.S. media, Secretary of State Pompeo boasted, “Elliott will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country.”
Quadrupling down on the “Democracy” pitch, National Security Advisor John Bolton said, “We will continue to use the United States’ economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.”
Indeed, Bolton declared: “We have already in- formed the Federal Reserve that Guaido is the real, legitimate interim president of Venezuela.”
And further demonstrating the United States’ determination to bring democracy at any cost, including bloodshed, to remove Maduro, Sen. Marco Rubio stated: “It’s just a matter of time. The only thing we don’t know is how long it will take — and whether it will be peaceful or bloody.”
And “bloody” it may be. There are reports indicating that Washington is considering a naval blockade of Venezuela to stop its oil exports and the seizure of Venezuelan assets in the U.S. on the supposed behalf of the “interim president.”
Moreover, as indicated from notes seen on John Bolton’s notepad of “5,000 troops to Columbia” following his address regarding the imposition of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, there are growing expectations for direct U.S. military intervention.
CUT THE HEAD OFF
Reinforcing those expectations, appearing on Fox TV, retired U.S. Brigadier General Anthony Tata bragged that when he “was the planner for the 82nd Airborne division, we had plans for all of these countries that had dictatorships, like Haiti and Venezuela and other places and what you really look at is if you can cut the head off the snake … so that is the key here and I’m sure the paratroopers at Fort Bragg in the 82nd Airborne division tonight are sharpening their knives and tightening up their parachutes.”
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Yes, the American way: Overthrow governments they can’t control, “cut the head off the snake,” and “sharpening their knives.” Beyond Venezuela and Haiti, retired General Tata proudly admits the U.S. will take any military action necessary to overthrow any government that does not bow to its demands. As global trend forecaster Gerald Celente has stated numerous times, “America is a country that invades and destroys other nations under the guise of freedom and democracy.
THE AMERICAN WAR PARTIES
As we had reported in Trends Journals throughout the U.S. 2018 midterm election cycle, not a word was uttered by any of the candidates from either political party about the ongoing American wars ravaging nations that cost trillions and kill millions.
And our noting that a dozen or so newly elected officials from the Democratic Party were former members of the military/intelligence complex, further demonstrated the pro-war sentiments of the Party.
Thus, Democrats, pretending to wear the “progressive” and “liberal” labels, echoed the Trump narrative to denounce the duly elected Maduro government and support the new self-anointed Guaido as Venezuelan President.
In fact, Democratic Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin praised Trump for “appropriately” recognizing Guaido as the interim leader of the country.
On the House side, several Democrats vowed to introduce legislation to “support the people of Venezuela and hold the illegitimate President accountable for the crisis he created.”
Even longtime vocal Trump opponent, Democrat Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, supported the White House move to overthrow Maduro and install self-proclaimed Guaido as President of Venezuela: “Nicolas Maduro’s disastrous and dictatorial rule has devastated the economy and society of Venezuela,” and recognized “the leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the rightful leader of Venezuela.”
Indeed, every so-called progressive Democratic candidate declaring his or her candidacy in the 2020 U.S. race for the White House remains silent on Trump’s announcement recognizing Guaido as the interim president and the general Democratic Party support for regime change.
“I strongly back efforts by the United States to use economic and political pressure to support the restoration of democracy in Venezuela,” said New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
NATIONS BACK U.S., CALL FOR NEW ELECTIONS
Within days of the U.S. condemnation against Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela and backing Guaido as its interim President, many American allies have supported the American position.
On 26 January, officials from the UK, Spain, Germany and France demanded new elections be called for within eight days or Guaido will be recognized as president. They joined a growing list of countries that support Guaido, including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.
As for the demand to set new elections, Maduro said: “Nobody gives us an ultimatum. All of Europe is bowing down to Donald Trump. It’s that simple, especially when it comes to Venezuela.”
Addressing the U.N. Security Council on 26 January, Pompeo asked to “liberate the mafia state” of Maduro in Venezuela, a statement that clashed with China and Russia that support the current leader- ship and say there’s no evidence the May election was rigged.
In response, Russia’s U.N. representative Vasili Nebenzia stated it was a of “breach of international law” and an attempt to “orchestrate a coup” to in effect appoint an interim president of a sovereign nation.
And despite other countries that support Maduro’s presidency, including Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Cuba, Syria, Turkey and Nicaragua, Pompeo went on to declare U.S. supremacy, stating: “We have a new president in Venezuela, Juan Guaido.”
IT’S OIL, NOT DEMOCRACY
As we had noted with the U.S. overthrow of the Libyan and Iraqi governments, if their major export was broccoli and not oil, there would have been no demands by American Presidents Obama and Bush to spill blood and destroy these oil-rich sovereign nations in the name of bringing democracy to the people of those countries.
So too with the overthrow of the Venezuelan government now under way; it is not about democracy, it’s about oil.
In fact, this time, the U.S. isn’t hiding its motives.
John Bolton said the U.S. has a “lot at stake” given the fact that Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves and flatly stated: “We’re in conversation with major American companies now. It would make a difference if we could have American companies produce the oil in Venezuela. It would be good for… the people of the United States.”
And now, in an economic act of war that will add more hardship to the general public, the Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm, Petroleos de Venezuela. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declared, “We expect… that to- day’s measure totals $7 billion in assets blocked today plus over $11 billion in lost export proceeds over the next year.”
These sanctions will hit the nation hard. Venezuela is the world’s largest oil producer and the United States is its biggest oil customer, account- ing for 39 percent of the OPEC nation’s deliveries in 2018.
And oil revenues account for nearly 90 percent of the country’s revenue.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Absent from all of the media coverage and analysis by their “experts,” is the fact that the United States has absolutely no moral or legal right to intervene and dictate how other countries choose their leaders.
Yet, this is the same America that condemns other nations for the same actions that it takes. For example, the U.S. and its media have continually condemned Russia for its involvement in Ukraine, a neighboring country. And both Iran and Russia are chastised for their involvement in Syria, even though they were invited to intervene by the nation’s president.
And this is the same America that is overtly “meddling” in Venezuela’s elections, while condemning Russia non- stop for allegedly meddling into its 2016 elections. TJ
The turmoil in Venezuela is intensifying. With its political system buckling, and the U.S. and its allies demanding regime change, the chance of military action is swelling.
As evidenced by the United States led wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, and its support for the Yemen War, we forecast that regime change in Venezuela will be another disastrous failure. The facts are indisputable.
These countries have not only been destroyed, but always absent from media and political analysis, is that foreign intervention and the mass murder committed has sown the seeds for “radical extremist,” and “militants,” i.e. citizens of those countries that want to retaliate for being invaded and occupied by foreign powers.
Thus, the same should be expected if the United States and its allies launch war against Venezuela.
Further, should the turmoil escalate, the explosive effects will spread far beyond the region.
On the economic front, if oil prices spike, the implications on the already slowing global economy will not only push nations into recession, it will sharply increase equity market volatility, which will in turn drive gold prices higher as investors seek safe haven assets.
Further, a war with Venezuela will spread throughout the region, escalating the Human Wave of refugees fleeing the violence, mayhem and destruction.