by Eric Zuesse
March 10, 2015
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Administration, which in 2009 provided the crucial
assistance that enabled the progressive democratic President
of Honduras to be overthrown and a junta
of oligarchs to replace him; and which in 2014
perpetrated a bloody
coup that replaced the corrupt but
democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovych, replaced by a rabidly anti-Russian
equally corrupt Government, and thus sparked
Ukraine's civil war against the
area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for Yanukovych; is
now again trying to overthrow Venezuela's
democratically elected President, Nicolas Maduro.
Reuters on Monday March 9th
Declares Venezuela a National Security Threat, Sanctions Top
Officials," and their report gives its closing word to an
opposition politician, whom Obama supports and who says:
"It's not a problem with Venezuela
or with Venezuelans; it's a problem for the corrupt ones" (i.e.,
Maduro and his Government).
In other words, yet again, the idea
Obama is pushing
is: we're just trying to replace a 'corrupt' elected head-of-state.
The White House explains its
Executive Order on March 9th by saying:
"President Obama today issued a new
Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with
respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national
security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the
situation in Venezuela…
Specifically, the E.O. targets those
determined by the Department of the Treasury, in consultation
with the Department of State, to be involved in… actions or
policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions."
Order itself declares that the existing Government of Venezuela
limits rights and is corrupt, which,
"constitutes an unusual and
extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy
of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency
to deal with that threat."
On 14 February 2015, President
Nicolas Maduro had thwarted a coup-attempt
against him by the Governments of Canada and the UK.
This followed almost
exactly a year after he had already thwarted such an attempt by
the U.S. Government. In December 2013, the Maduro Government
evidence that the U.S. was planning a coup against him.
On 15 January 2015, Maduro met
with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
The Obama Administration is, of course, especially trying to bring
President Obama is also trying to
bring down Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. In
2011, he had
bombed away the regime of Libya's
President Muammar Gaddafi.
Both Assad and Gaddafi also are/were
allies of Russia, as is Iran.
The Obama Administration is now assisting
ISIS in its war against Assad, even while bombing ISIS.