Venezuela is about socialism and oil

Venezuela is about socialism and oil. Maybe Nicolás Maduro isn’t great, but that is not what this is about. The United States has worked hard to undermine Hugo Chávez because he tried to take on the extreme income inequality in Venezuela. Then Nicolás Maduro was legitimately elected as his predecessor and Juan Guaidó boycotted the election that international monitors called free and fair. He has no legitimate claim and the USA has to get out of the regime change business. Now Donald Trump, who has openly stated that we should just go to Venezuela and take their oil wants to install Juan Guaidó as a US puppet president in Venezuela and it is really troubling. But this has been in the planning for a long time so it is not just Trump.

Lee Camp also has some great coverage:


  1. UPDATE: Trump names Elliott Abrams as special envoy for Venezuela.

    There were also allegations that Elliott Abrams supported a military coup attempt in Venezuela in 2002 and he was one of the Reagan administration’s fiercest advocates of armed support for Nicaraguan rebels and the Iran-Contra scandal.

    Pompeo on Friday spoke warmly of Abrams, saying he “will be a true asset to our mission to help the Venezuelan people fully restore democracy and prosperity to their country.”

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