US Presents Socialism as the Real Enemy in Venezuela, Not Just Maduro

(ANTIWAR.COM— The Trump Administration has committed to seeing a regime change in Venezuela, aiming to oust President Maduro and replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaido, seen as more friendly to US interests.

But previous talk of Maduro as a “gangster” in and of himself is starting to fall by the wayside. Instead, officials, particularly Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are presenting the enemy in Venezuela as socialism in general, making this an ideological fight.

This somewhat changes the tone, if not the intentions, of the US push for regime change, centering it not just on ousting a single government, but demanding Venezuela as a whole abandon its present ruling ideology in favor of one more palatable to US interests.

That’s a much different demand, and makes Venezuela’s decision to expel the US diplomats from Caracas less surprising. Yet Pompeo, who had long defended leaving the diplomats there, tried to talk around this expulsion, presenting the withdrawal as a US decision related to the worsening situation within Venezuela.

This, adds to constant US threats to resort to invading Venezuela militarily to impose regime change. Pompeo presented the US diplomats as a “constraint” on policy that is no longer in place, suggesting they are nearing the point of intervention.

The New York Times seemed to be backing up the argument that the US should escalate the situation, arguing that having backed Guaido and failed to get him into power could be similarly to President Obama not following through on 2012 threats against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This seems likely to just encourage President Trump on a military path, determined not to look weak.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

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  • Greg Hallee

    Just because the first people to set foot on American soil in 1300’s decided everything they saw now belonged to them and designed their laws to support that belief…, this does not mean we cannot alter these claims with forms of government with something that works better for the majority of people. Actually much like what is done in Venezuela.


  • Greg Hallee

    Just because the first people to set foot on American soil decided everything they saw now belonged to them and designed their laws to support that belief…, this does not mean we cannot alter these claims with forms of government with something that works better for the majority of people. Actually much like what is done in Venezuela.


  • Greg Hallee

    In Venezuela the government is structured much like England it is a Federal Presidential Democracy where the President is head of state and government as well. England is different only where the head of state is the Queen and the head of government is the Prime Minister.
    The simple fact Venezuela has shares its wealth from oil sales among its people is its main social leaning. Is that wrong or are certain people fearful this type of policy will unduly influence Americans. Is sharing wrong? I was always taught to share. Maybe this is where America has failed where we run our economy like an Oligarchy or a Totalitarian country. Like each company is its own country and does not share anything.