Undeclared US War on Venezuela

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Washington tried eliminating the Bolivarian Republic from inception, earlier coup attempts foiled, another slow motion one ongoing now.

Rex Tillerson and CIA director Mike Pompeo openly called for regime change. Political and economic war, along with months of US-orchestrated street violence aim for this outcome.

In 2015, Obama’s executive order disgracefully declared Bolivarian social democracy a threat to US national security, an outrageous accusation.

He shamefully declared a “national emergency” when none exists, saying he ordered it “with respect to the (nonexistent) unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela,” ludicrously adding:

“We are committed to advancing respect for human rights, safeguarding democratic institutions, and protecting the US financial system from the illicit financial flows from public corruption in Venezuela.”

His press secretary turned truth on its head, accusing its government of “intimidating its political opponents…criminalizing dissent, (and) violating human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

Bolivarian social democracy is polar opposite US fascist rule. It considers rule of law principles inviolable. It respects the sovereign rights of other nations.

It champions fundamental civil and human rights. It provides Venezuelans with vital social benefits Americans can’t imagine.

It doesn’t wage wars on other nations like Washington, or run the world’s largest gulag prison system, operating at home and abroad, torturing detainees, brutalizing them in other ways.

America systematically violates fundamental international laws unaccountably. Venezuela respects them.

Addressing the newly elected National Constituent Assembly on Thursday, President Nicolas Maduroextended his government’s outreach to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), saying:

“To all the presidents, I call on them to approve a meeting and through mutual dialogue, we can find a solution.”

“Respect is the only path to peace, not threats or violence or the economic and commercial blockade.”

Explaining he’ll be in New York next month for UN General Assembly sessions, he invited Trump to engage in “mutually respectful” dialogue – outreach ignored by a rogue state seeking his ouster, by force if other methods fail.

In remarks to Constituent Assembly members, he said “(w)e will never cede to foreign powers,” denouncing US “imperialist aggression” toward his country.

Separately he explained that “nobody is above the original power,” subordinating himself to Constituent Assembly authority – “to govern the destinies of the Republic.”

Article 349 of Venezuela’s constitution states

“(t)he President of the Republic can not object to the new Constitution. The constituted powers may in no way impede the decisions of the National Constituent Assembly.”

Once Constituent Assembly members finish their work, revising or rewriting Venezuela’s constitution with a mandate to restore order and preserve Bolivarian democracy, voters in a national referendum will have final say – the way democracy is supposed to work.

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Trump Rules Out Call But Keeps Military Option for Venezuela

  • U.S. President Donald Trump

    U.S. President Donald Trump | Photo: Reuters-The Politico

Published 11 August 2017 (13 hours 31 minutes ago)
The Pentagon said it has not recieved any orders regarding Venezuela and referred the media back to the White House.

Shortly after the U.S. President Donald Trump said a military option is not being ruled out for Venezuela, the White House issued a statement saying it had rejected a request from his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro to have a telephone conversation with him.

It is not clear if Maduro asked for the call before or after Trump’s remarks.

The White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement said “Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people”

It continued, “The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world. Instead Maduro has chosen the path of dictatorship…President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country.”

Speaking after talks at his New Jersey golf club with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump told reporters, “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way I’m not going to rule out military options.”

He added, “We have many options ..this is our neighbour. We are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering. They’re dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option, if necessary.” A reporter then asked if Trump was proposing a U.S. military-led operation.

And he replied, “We don’t talk about it but a military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue.”

The President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Delcy Rodriguez tweeted “We reject the cowardly, insolent and infamous threats of the United States PDT @realDonaldTrump against the sacred sovereignty of Venezuela”

Rechazamos las cobardes, insolentes e infames amenazas del Pdte de los EEUU @realDonaldTrump contra la sagrada soberanía de Venezuela

While the nation’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez called the US president’s threat “an act of madness” and “supreme extremism.” “There is an extremist elite that rules the United States,” Padrino Lopez told state television channel Venezolana de Televisión.

Likewise, the Venezuelan Minister for Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas, emphasized on Twitter: “Trump’s is the most serious and insolent threat ever made against the Bolivar homeland #TrumpHandsOffVenezuela #TrumpRespetaVenezuela.”

In a statement, the Pentagon said it had not received any orders regarding Venezuela and referred the media back to the White House.

Trump’s comments come a day after the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated his offer of talks with his U.S. counterpart.

Maduro invited the United States to agree to “mutually respectful” dialogue, adding that he will be in New York in September for the United Nations General Assembly. Maduro also offered an invitation to regional leaders to take part in a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, in an effort to improve relations.

Reacting to Trump’s statement, the Chilean Foreign Minister tweeted, “Reiterating all the terms of the Lima Declaration on Venezuela, Chile rejects the threat of military intervention in Venezuela.”

Reiterando todos los términos de la Declaración de Lima sobre Venezuela, Gob Chile rechaza amenaza de una intervención militar en Venezuela.

Mexico’s former President Vicente Fox tweeted that only an “imbecile would wage war” on his neighbour and added that violence is not the answer.

.@realDonaldTrump in Latinamerica we don’t your war, only an imbecile would wage war on his neighbor land. Violence it’s not the answer.

The former Argentine Ambassador to the U.K. and Caracas Alicia Castro crticised anyone who threatens the peace and security of the continent.

Y el que avale una intervencion de EEUU en su continente, arriesgando la vida y la paz de todos nosotros, tambien es un miserable. https://twitter.com/Is_Robersts/status/896145814589890561 

And there’s speculation that Trump is using his threats to both Venezuela and North Korea to deflect attention from the mounting difficulties and splits within his own administration.

The Mexican journalist Jorge Ramos has tweeted that his warnings can be seen as an attempt to boost his domestic ratings, “Trump, as a child with a new toy, has just discovered that by threatening Venezuela and North Korea he can try to improve his image in the US”.

Trump, como niño con juguete nuevo, acaba de descubrir que amenazando a Venezuela y Corea del Norte puede tratar mejorar su imagen en EU 😬

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