Why must Venezuela be destroyed?
By Dmitry Orlov
February 01, 2019 "Information
week Trump, his VP Mike Pence, US State
Dept. director Mike Pompeo and Trump’s
national security advisor John Bolton, plus
a bunch of Central American countries that
are pretty much US colonies and don’t have
foreign policies of their own, synchronously
announced that Venezuela has a new
president: a virtual non-entity named Juan
Guaidó, who was never even a candidate for
that office, but who was sorta-kinda trained
for this job in the US. Guaidó appeared at a
rally in Caracas, flanked by a tiny claque
of highly compensated sycophants. He looked
very frightened as he self-appointed himself
president of Venezuela and set about
discharging his presidential duties by
immediately going into hiding.
His whereabouts remained unknown until much later, when he surfaced at a press conference, at which he gave a wishy-washy non-answer to the question of whether he had been pressured to declare himself president or had done so of his own volition. There is much to this story that is at once tragic and comic, so let’s take it apart piece by piece. Then we’ll move on to answering the question of Why Venezuela must be destroyed (from the US establishment’s perspective).
What stands out immediately is the combination of incompetence and desperation exhibited by all of the above-mentioned public and not-so-public figures. Pompeo, in voicing his recognition of Guaidó, called him “guido,” which is an ethnic slur against Italians, while Bolton did one better and called him “guiado” which could be Spanish for “remote-controlled.” (Was that a Freudian slip or just another one of Bolton’s senior moments?) Not to be outdone, Pence gave an entire little speech on Venezuela—a sort of address to the Venezuelan people—which was laced with some truly atrocious pseudo-Spanish gibberish and ended with an utterly incongruous “ˇVaya con Dios!” straight out of a hammy 1950s Western.
Some more entertainment was provided at the UN Security Council, where the ever-redoubtable Russian representative Vasily Nebenzya pointed out that the situation in Venezuela did not pose a threat to international security and was therefore not within the purview of the Security Council. He then proceeded to ask Pompeo, who was present at the meeting, a pointed question: “Is the US planning to yet again violate the UN Charter?”
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