"Venezuela is not in need of U.S. aid. It is need of an end to the economic sanctions that put it under a medieval siege [by Obama and Trump]."
2/20/19, “Trump Likes ‘Beautiful’ Border Walls – Venezuela Should Build Him One,” Moon of Alabama
“Aaron Mate, who is currently on the ground in Venezuela (vid), notes how Trump early on targeted Venezuela:
Aaron Maté @aaronjmate – 20:59 utc – 18 Feb 2019 Page 136 of McCabe’s new book, recounting a 2017 Oval Office meeting: “Then the president talked about Venezuela. That’s the country we should be going to war with, he said. They have all that oil and they’re right on our back door.”bigger
It is not only Trump’s idea to ‘regime change’ Venezuela. Ever since 1998, when Hugo Chavez was elected, the U.S. plotted to ‘regime change’ Venezuela. It was Obama who put sanctions on the country. Right wing economists have for years thought up detailed plans on how to rob Venezuela of its national assets.
Plan A for the recent coup attempt failed when the Venezuelan military did not accept Random Guyido’s brazen claim to the presidency. There was no plan B. The U.S. is now improvising. The delivery of “humanitarian aid” is a pretext to break the border between Colombia and Venezuela.
U.S. government “aid” is always political. U.S. aid workers are suspects. Consider these USAID RED teams which a 2018 study, commissioned by the U.S. foreign aid agency, recommended:
“RED Team officers, the report explains, would carry out development activities, but they would also have training and expertise that are not typically included in USAID job requirements.
“RED Team personnel would be able to live and work in austere environments for extended periods of time and actively contribute to their own security and welfare. They would be deployed farther forward than USAID personnel traditionally deploy and would routinely operate under the authority of the host agency with whom they deploy, acting in accordance with their security posture,” the report reads.
“RED team members would be trained and authorized to conduct themselves as a force-multiplier able to contribute a full suite of security skills as needed,” it says.”
USAID officers will also be special forces? Special forces will also be USAID workers? Which is it? How many of these ‘Red Teams’ are now in Colombia waiting to cross into Venezuela?
On Saturday February 23 a breach of the Venezuelan border will be attempted with the intent to provoke an escalation. That escalation will then be used to justify further action up to military strikes or even an invasion.
How exactly the game will be played out is still not clear:
“Despite the tough language, it remained unclear how the Venezuelan opposition would break Mr. Maduro’s blockade of the border with a delivery of food and medication on Saturday. Mr. Trump’s own national security adviser said the American military — which has airlifted tons of supplies to Venezuela’s doorstep on the Colombia border — will not cross into the country.”
The so called “aid” is also supposed to come via sea and through the border with Brazil. To prevent that Venezuela closed down the maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean Islands:
“The closure blocks movement of boats and aircraft between the western Venezuelan coastal state of Falcon and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, said Vice Admiral Vladimir Quintero, who heads a military unit in Falcon. He did not provide a reason.”
The Brazil route is for now too remote for the desired media attention.
Everything will concentrate on the border crossing with Colombia near the Colombian city of Cúcuta:
“Leaders of several Latin American nations plan to travel to Colombia’s border with Venezuela on Friday ahead of the delivery of aid, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Tuesday, adding that he had accepted an invitation from Colombia’s president, Ivan Duque.
It was not immediately clear which leaders would attend. Most Latin American countries now recognize Guaido as president, though Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua still support Maduro.
Billionaire businessman Richard Branson is backing a “Live Aid”-style concert on Friday in the Colombian border city of Cucuta with a fundraising target of $100 million to provide food and medicine for Venezuela. Maduro’s government has announced two rival concerts just across the border.”
Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters spoke out (video) against the Richard Branson’s Not-really-for-AID concert and the U.S. ‘regime change’ attempt in Venezuela:
“Roger Waters @rogerwaters – 22:57 utc – 18 Feb 2019 The Red Cross and the UN, unequivocally agree, don’t politicize aid. Leave the Venezuelan people alone to exercise their legal right to self determination.”
On Saturday, when the U.S. proxy crowd will try to cross the border with unneeded “aid” some sniper shooting is likely to happen while dozens of cameras roll. Any casualties will be blamed on the Venezuelan military. The incident will be the propaganda pretext for further U.S. action. Already days ago Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned of such ‘false flag’ attacks:
“A provocation, involving victims, is being put together under the guise of a humanitarian convoy,” Zakharova stressed. “They need it just as a pretext to use outside force, and everyone should understand that.”
Trumps National Security Advisor is preparing the field:
“John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton – 1:41 utc – 20 Feb 2019
The Venezuelan military must uphold its duty to protect civilians at the Colombian and Brazilian borders, and allow them to peacefully bring in humanitarian aid without violence or fear of persecution.”
“John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton – 2:14 utc – 20 Feb 2019
Any actions by the Venezuelan military to condone or instigate violence against peaceful civilians at the Colombian and Brazilian borders will not be forgotten. Leaders still have time to make the right choice.”
Venezuela is not in need of U.S. aid. It is need of an end to the economic sanctions that put it under a medieval siege [by Obama and Trump]. There is no current lack of food or medicine like in Yemen though some products may run short.
The UN, the Red Cross and Caritas already have aid distribution projects within Venezuela. They reject the U.S. aid delivery as a political stunt. The International Committee of the Red Cross recently doubled its budget for Venezuela to $18 million and is ready to provide more. Last week 933 tonnes of medicines from Cuba and China arrived. Another 300 tons from Russia is supposed to arrive today.
The Venezuelan government has had enough time to game out how best to respond to the breach attempt of the border. It needs to block the roads AND it needs to prevent provocations.
Trump likes walls on the border. Venezuela should give them to him.
“I don’t mind having a big beautiful door in that wall so that people can come into this country legally. But we need, Jeb, to build a wall, we need to keep illegals out.” – Donald Trump – Aug 6 2015 GOP debate”
My advise to Venezuela is to use high concrete barricades with barbed wire and mines in front of them across all vehicle border crossings points. The purpose of the mines is to prevent attempts to remove the wire and the barricades. Large posters should warn of the deadly danger of the mines. If someone gets hurt by them, it will clearly be their own fault.
Passage on foot must be allowed as usual. Armed soldiers should be kept out of sight.
Trump said a lot about the national security need for “beautiful walls.” A large banner with a relevant Trump quote should top each of the barricaded crossings.”
Six among comments
Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies amid Reports of Talks with Washington
Merida, February 18, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan authorities have expelled six deputies of the European Parliament (EP) this Sunday after denying them entrance to the country.
The European politicians, who travelled in a personal capacity, had previously been warned through diplomatic channels that they would not be allowed in the country, but the group opted to proceed with the trip.
The delegation was made up of MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons, MEP Jose Ignacio Salafranca, and MEP Gabriel Mato, all from Spain’s [so-called] hard-right Popular Party. Also present were MEP Juan Salafranca from Spain’s European People’s Party; MEP Esther de Lange of the Dutch Christian Democratic party, and MEP Paulo Rangel from Portugal’s Social Democratic Party.
“Craig Murray today without any qualification whatsoever stated matter-of-factly:
“… the Saudi backed jihadist group Daesh, originally launched by the CIA as a counterweight to Shia influence in Iraq.”
We here at MoA have written similarly; but aside from General Flynn, few people having any “weight” have said so straightforwardly that Daesh is yet another Death Squad CIA construct, which is what a CIA “counterweight” is always. IMO, the fact that the Outlaw US Empire created its own adversary [US funded both “sides” in so-called Syria war] for multiple uses hasn’t been shouted out nearly enough [CIA and Pentagon fund dueling “rebel” groups in so-called Syria war: 3/27/2016, “In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA,“ LA Times], just as al-Qaeda’s genesis and usage is similarly glossed over by far too many who know better.
Now that the Hybrid Third World War is opening a new theatre of operations in South America where the CIA has previously created Death Squads in almost every one of its nations, we must anticipate the creation of yet another such “auxiliary” force, perhaps consisting of those specially trained USAID personnel. We know CIA was deeply involved in Colombia’s various drug cartels and the quasi-governmental Death Squads used against Unionists and other members of the public, and that even corporations like Coca-Cola provided monies for the “services” of such Squads. IMO, a recap of Outlaw US Empire terrorist operations South of the Border is demanded by the operation targeting Venezuela.
Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 20, 2019 12:13:34 PM | 9…………………………
“As the imperialists carefully fit together the pieces they need to fabricate an entirely bogus story to quieten ‘public opinion’ while they set out to turn Venezuela into a tropical Ukraine, with a belly full of Syria and Iraq thrown in, Canadians, who are about to be force fed propaganda ought to look at this article by Yves Engler:
Bolton, Bolsonaro, Richard Branson, Colombia’s Cocaine cartel and Canada: take a picture and vomit.
Posted by: bevin | Feb 20, 2019 12:21:41 PM | 13……………………………
“Venezuela Analysis provides an article that ought to be entitled “Academic War Criminals” or “Academic Societal Rapists” whose aim is “to bring back the ‘wonderful Venezuela of old,’ as in pre-1998 Chavez that requires destroying everything done to improve the lot of the poor majority:
“The post-coup Venezuelan economy will not be all about mathematically rigorous experiments in economic growth like Hausmann’s academic work. It will be about the privatization of Venezuela’s assets.” [My Emphasis]
This Harvard academic, Hausmann, ought to be known as an academic terrorist, for what he promotes is terrorism:
“Hausmann’s 2004 statistical gambit is actually an established part of the U.S.-coup playbook. The academic analysis of an election and the finding of flaws, real or imagined, in an electoral process are the beginning of an ongoing claim against the target’s democratic legitimacy. The created flaw is then repeated and emphasized. Even if it was spurious and debunked, as was Hausmann’s 2004 analysis, it can continue to perform in media campaigns against the target. After years of such repetition, the target can safely be called a ‘dictator’ in Western media, even if the ‘dictator’ has more electoral legitimacy than most Western politicians.” [My Emphasis]
The article discusses a few other similar academic terrorists connected with events in Haiti and Colombia. The entire Terrorist Network within the Outlaw US Empire is vast and exists in places some would deem odd. It’s also rather lucrative for those willing to abase themselves as terrorists and clean too since the blood spilt is done at a comfortable, unseen distance. Such academics must be exposed as the terrorists they are. This article exposes but a few of the hundreds whose work aims at destroying entire societies; perhaps they ought to be known as Genocidalists.
Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 20, 2019 1:52:23 PM | 23″………………………
Lavrov: US Violates UN Charter
The initial step’s been taken, but even if a special session of the UNSC is convened, little of substance will come of it since FUKUS would veto any useful resolution or declaration. Push back is happening:
#FromTheSouth | The Venezuelan armed forces have rejected calls by the US president to turn their backs on President @NicolasMaduro, condemning Trump for promoting terrorism.” [My Empasis]
Yes, it’s indeed terrorism to do what Trump’s now doing and what every previous US President has done since 1945. The Outlaw US Empire is modern Terrorism’s Mother and Father.
Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 20, 2019 2:14:53 PM | 25″………………………
“So long as Maduro has the backing of the army and the people are fed [here Russia and China can help out] the US can only huff and puff, in the longer term new sales to sympathetic states must be a priority. How many of the opposition would be willing to be slaughtered in order to install Trump’s appointee, not that many I’ll bet. In my opinion International Law is dead, we are now entering into the period [thanks to the US] where Mao’s doctrine is becoming fact “Power grows out the barrel of a gun”
Posted by: Harry Law | Feb 20, 2019 2:56:46 PM | 29″……………………
Added: We're from the United States. We commit genocide for the simple reason that no one stops us:
Image above from TheTechnocraticTyranny.com, published 2/27/2016, “State Department’s Mission: Coup d’etat"