By Margaret Kimberley
July 24, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Donald Trump’s attacks on
Venezuela, Syria and Iran are criminal, but Joe Biden
vows to be even worse.
“There is no congressional opposition to
Trump’s acts of aggression which are literally killing
people around the world.”
The corporate media in this country can endlessly
repeat lies about Russia paying Taliban bounties, but
ignore important information that is public and easily
provable. A recent example is President Donald Trump’s
announcement of some sort of an attack against
While visiting the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
in Florida, Trump gave an interview to Noticias
and said the following, “Something
will happen with Venezuela. That’s all I can tell you.
Something will be happening with Venezuela.”
The United States chose a puppet president to replace
the elected president Nicolas Maduro, increased
sanctions, attempted to send mercenaries to destabilize
the country, and charged Maduro and his wife with drug
trafficking. The U.S. puppet state known as the United
Kingdom ruled that it will keep more than $1 billion
worth of Venezuelan gold instead of turning it over to
its rightful owners. The heist against Venezuela totals
$24 billion in stolen and frozen assets. The wall that
Trump said Mexico would pay for was actually paid for
with ill gotten gains from Venezuela.
“The heist against Venezuela totals $24
billion in stolen and frozen assets.”
Venezuela has been under constant attack from the
United States and its allies for years with the Trump
administration making the most blatant regime change
efforts. But the media who ordinarily pillory Trump are
either silent or support these attacks. Trump’s remarks
should have made headlines. The president of the United
States once again declared some sort of hostilities
against Venezuela but his words garnered hardly any
Trump has placed the United States on the precipice
of war in a variety of ways. He has withdrawn the U.S.
from nuclear treaties with Russia that were ratified
decades ago. His war of words against China is not
merely rhetorical. Uttering slurs about the “Wuhan
virus” and always adding the word communist along with
the word China are not just stunts. Inciting violence in
Hong Kong was part of a larger scheme to weaken an
economic and political rival.
The U.S. is waging war by other means all over the
world. The war against Syria is lost. There will be no
regime change there by military means, so Trump resorts
to stealing oil, burning wheat crops and increasing
sanctions that restrict access to food and medicine.
Israel, the U.S. partner in crime, bombs Iranian defense
facilities in hopes that they can finally see their war
fantasy come to reality.
“Waging war by other means all over the
But none of these incidents receive sufficient
coverage. If they are commented upon at all, the news
relies on the ubiquitous anonymous intelligence source,
or others who will parrot the official line. One must
know where to look to find decent analysis.
The new devastation wrought upon Syria is either unreported
by the corporate media. There has
been no critique of the policy, no one pointing out that
a war crime is being committed in the name of the
American people. In fact, the Washington Postapplauded
the fact that the aptly named Caesar Act has “helped
crash the Syrian currency.” They could have added that
it helped increase suffering too.
Shrieking about Russiagate, Ukrainegate, Bountygate
or any other gate that will be cooked up is smoke and
mirrors for the masses and propaganda for the duopoly.
There is no congressional opposition to Trump’s acts of
aggression which are literally killing people around the
“War crimes are being committed in the
name of the American people.”
Sadly, neither these policies nor the corporate media
response will be different if Joe
becomes president. Biden’s Venezuela
policy is the same as Trump’s. His attacks have in fact
been further to the right. When Trump expressed a
willingness to talk to Maduro, he backtracked after
Biden condemned any effort to talk. “Trump talks tough
on Venezuela, but admires thugs and dictators like
Nicolas Maduro,” was Biden’s twitter rejoinder.
The end result of these machinations is that Russia
and China are closer than ever, as both countries seek
protection from U.S. imperialism. They try to keep the
U.S. and its puppet state allies from interfering in
their countries or destroying Syria or Iran or Venezuela
and thereby making themselves impotent. Iran and China
recently reached an agreement which will build Iran’s
infrastructure and supply China with discounted oil for
the next 25 years. While the media here keep Americans
ignorant with ridiculous stories about Russian bounties,
the targeted nations work together for their own
Only people with the interest and wherewithal to seek
out independent media know how their country threatens
the world. After all, Trump issued a public threat
against Venezuela and it hardly registered as a blip on
a screen. When the U.S. goes too far and the world faces
a hot war, ignorant Americans will not know what hit
them. They may babble about the latest fake scandal or
cry out “They hate us for our freedoms,” but the rest of
the world won’t care and ignorance will be no defense.
Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR,
and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a
frequently updated blog as well at patreon.com/margaretkimberley
and she regularly posts on Twitter @freedomrideblog. Ms.
Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via
e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.
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