Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks About Venezuela at the Organization of American States…

The diplomatic activity that took place in the lead-up to the events yesterday must have been exceptionally coordinated.  Literally within minutes of Venezuela’s legislature decreeing opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president  dozens of countries aligned with support and affirmation.

Earlier today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks about the U.S. support for Guaido and the people of Venezuela during a speech at the OAS:

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[Transcript] SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people. We have watched Venezuelans suffer for far too long. We know what they know, that the tyranny of the now defunct Maduro regime has far too long – for far too long choked the country and its citizens.

Yesterday, in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and out of respect for Venezuelan democracy, the United States proudly recognized National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela. You’ve seen the statements from President Trump and from myself.

Many other countries, including a number of OAS states, have also recognized the interim president. We thank them for their support.

It’s now time for the OAS as an institution as a whole to do the same. All OAS member states must align themselves with democracy and respect for the rule of law. All member states who have committed to uphold the Inter-American Democratic Charter must now recognize the interim president.

The time for debate is done. The regime of former president Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate. His regime is morally bankrupt, it’s economically incompetent, and it is profoundly corrupt. It is undemocratic to the core. I repeat: The regime of former president Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate. We, therefore, consider all of its declarations and actions illegitimate and invalid.

In light of these facts, we call on Venezuelan security forces to ensure the protection of interim President Guaido’s physical integrity and his safety. We’ve seen reports that a number of protesters were killed yesterday and that more than one hundred were arrested, so I reiterate our warning about any decision by remnant elements of the Maduro regime to use violence to repress the peaceful democratic transition.

The United States did not arrive at this conclusion overnight. We came to this conclusion after a long and bitter experience and following a considered assessment of the facts. And we’re not alone. The OAS General Assembly has itself agreed to these facts. In June of last year, the OAS General Assembly declared the re-election of former president Maduro an invalid sham. This past January 10th, the OAS Permanent Council declared former president Maduro’s second term illegitimate.

Venezuela’s National Assembly became the only legitimate, duly and democratically elected body in the country. On January 23rd, National Assembly President Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, pursuant to Article 333 and 350 of Venezuela’s constitution. He made this declaration with the full support of the National Assembly and, most importantly, of the Venezuelan people.

In his public address, interim President Guaido also outlined the steps he plans to take to restore democracy to his country, including free, fair, transparent, and truly democratic elections.

The United States stands solidly behind him. We stand ready to support the efforts of the National Assembly, the Venezuelan people, and the interim president to restore democracy and respect for the rule of law in Venezuela.

We also stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela as soon as logistically possible. Today, I am announcing that the United States is ready to provide more than $20 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela. These funds are to help them cope with the severe food and medicine shortages and other dire impacts of their country’s political and economic crisis. Our announcement of aid is in response to a request from the National Assembly, led by the interim president.

As a friend of the Venezuelan people, we stand ready to help them even more, to help them begin the process of rebuilding their country and their economy from the destruction wrought by the criminally incompetent and illegitimate Maduro regime.

Our support for Venezuela’s democratic hopes and dreams is in sharp contrast to the authoritarian regimes across the globe who have lined up to prop up former President Maduro. And there is no regime which has aided and abetted Maduro’s tyranny like the one in Havana. Maduro’s illegitimate rule was for years sustained by an influx of Cuban security and intelligence officials. They schooled Venezuela’s secret police in the dark arts of torture, repression, and citizen control. Maduro was a fine student at the Cuban academy of oppression.

We call on the OAS and all its member states to act on basic, decent, democratic principles and the incontrovertible facts on the ground.

Each of us – each of us – must live up to our calling to promote and defend democracy, as expressed in the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, to which everyone in this chamber is a signatory.

And we call on all our partners and responsible OAS member states to show leadership and pledge support for Venezuela’s democratic transition and for interim President Guaido’s pivotal role in that.

We look forward to welcoming Venezuela back into the fold of responsible democratic nations and remaining in our inter-American community. We look forward to welcoming representation of the interim Venezuelan Government to the OAS at the earliest possible opportunity. And we look forward to working with all responsible OAS member states, with the Venezuelan people, our inter-American system, and with the interim government of President Guaido to restore democracy in Venezuela.

We – we each – have a critical opportunity to help the Venezuelan people live free once again. I ask my colleagues to reconvene a meeting of foreign ministers to continue our conversation on the peaceful democratic transition for Venezuela. History will remember whether we help them or not. The United States calls on all nations of the OAS to make the right choice and make that right choice right now.

Thank you.

[Transcript Link]

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109 Responses to Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks About Venezuela at the Organization of American States…

  1. FofBW says:

    What is really amazing is nothing was leaked!

    Liked by 13 people

  2. decisiontime16 says:

    Well said, Secretary of State Pompeo.

    Liked by 12 people

  3. Kent says:

    …wow…that was one fine speech….

    Liked by 7 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      You are correct Kent. Chavez (the beginning of the destruction) died in office in March 2013. (Took control in 1999) This Mudoro dictator was Chavez’s deputy.

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  4. Rileytrips says:

    Pompeo rocks!

    Liked by 8 people

  5. MaineCoon says:

    Venezuelans have suffered terribly. That’s what socialism looks like. Inhumane.

    Liked by 7 people

  6. steph_gray says:

    I am truly so happy for the Venezuelan people. Liberation is a wonderful thing!

    I fear I envy them, though, one thing mentioned in the speech.

    Their future elections are likely to be more “free, fair, and transparent” than ours have become.

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  7. Mr_Henry says:

    Didn’t the new government in Brazil first declare their support for Guaido before us?

    Having a government in Brazil friendly to us and capitalism is going to be yuge. I think the election in Brazil is the biggest foreign event since Brexit. The people in South America have suffered under differing forms of Marxism for too long. Argentina was close to a world power in the early 20th century before Peron and his philosophies ruined the country.

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    • Ozwitch says:

      Yes, they did, but I was unaware until Pompeo’s speech that the OAS had already declared Maduro an illegitimate President, that is great to hear!

      Liked by 6 people

    • yucki says:

      They’ve been stretched by all the genuine refugees that have spilled across borders. Helping Venezuelans get back on their own feet in their own country only makes sense.

      And it’s the right thing to do.
      In Latin America there’s no incentive to sprout colonies of the faithful for the Religion of Peace.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “…In Latin America there’s no incentive to sprout colonies of the faithful for the Religion of Peace.

        Do not be so sure of that… (And Venezuela is the jumping off point.)

        Stories on Hezbollah
        Radical Islam makes inroads among Latin America’s Native peoples

        2009, Colombian authorities dismantled a network of narcotraffickers linked to Islamist terrorists. Funds derived from the narcotrafficking are believed to have been diverted to Hezbollah – an Islamist terror organization….

        The growth of Hezbollah is due to the strategic alliance reached by enemies of the United States. These are President Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Chavez of Venezuela. The latter has expressed support for the Shiite Muslims in Iran and Syria and allows them free sway in Venezuela – an important source of petroleum to the U.S. The Venezuelan government owns CITGO, a network of gasoline stations and refineries in the U.S.

        Islam has shown growth in Latin America, once a monolith of the Catholic faith. For example, the Wayuu Guajira people of Venezuela and Colombians– native Americans who live in the tropical forests – have provided numerous converts to Islam over the last decade and some of them are declared jihadis – warriors for Islam. Efforts to convert native peoples to Islam have been fostered by Iran with investments of money and other resources. Wayuu Guajira Indians are the largest indigenous group in Venezuela and Colombia (about 135,000 in Colombia and 170,000 in Venezuela). On October 23, 2006, the police in the Venezuelan capital found two explosive devices near the American Embassy….
        http://www.speroforum.com/a/27754/Radical-Islam-makes-inroads-among-Latin-Americas-Native-peoples#.UbhU9LARhoA

        Hezbollah Terrorists On Our Southern Border

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        • Sherri Young says:

          Santeria and cults of the dead, especially the Maria Lionza cult, have been growing in Venezuela. Maduro is a superstitious person. Although he primarily adheres to Santeria, he will participate in rituals of multiple cults. Chavez did the same thing. The Castros are said to control their Venezuelan puppets largely through Chavez and Maduro’s occult beliefs. Likewise, Maduro’s top brass are said to be practitioners of the occult. That and money help keep them loyal to Maduro. It is a tight club.

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    • guest4ever says:

      And now Peron and his philosophies are infecting my faith!!! Bergolio!!!

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  8. Venezuela floats on a sea of oil. If they can get an honest leader, could come-off-the-deck very quickly.

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    • China and Russia will be flocking to Venezuela like vultures.

      This will be a BATTLE for Venezuela to restore national ownership of her assets that Maduro ILLEGITIMATELY transferred to China/Russia.

      Victory will show the way for all other nations invaded by China through their Dictator Bribes and Debt-Trap Infrastructure Projects.

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      • Maquis says:

        Forget the where and how, but relief is essentially a repudiation of the debt away. Vanquish an illegitimate government, dismiss the claims of all who supported and enabled that government.

        Russia and China loudly protesting would invite much unwanted sunlight on their debt-trap methodology and ruthless global ambitions.

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        • Plus higher Tariffs on China and tougher Sanctions on Russia.

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        • yucki says:

          To what extent will the new government be bound by international law to contracts with China and Russia?

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          • Maquis says:

            Yucki, my understanding of the processes are imperfect, but I’ve read that there is no small amount of history on this very matter.

            As BKR says, there will be aggressive claims by creditors, but, if the new government rightly proclaims their true nature as predators, and that their “investments” are no more innocent than those of a mobster coveting the very property he is “investing” in, then Venezuela may well seek international judicial restraint in order to make the case that a free stable and functional Venezuela must be liberated from those that enabled the destruction of their country, with no financial obligation whatsoever.

            As I understand it, it’s akin to a bankruptcy, only the creditors are the ones in the dock. As BKR suggested, this is an excellent opportunity to forge a mechanism for impoverished nations to escape China’s debt-traps. The example set here could free Africa and others, and I’m positive they are all watching closely.

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            • Sunshine says:

              I think Maduro is willing to resign but China and Russia are preventing him from doing so. In others, Maduro is a hostage to China and Russia, and maybe even possibly to Iran.
              What’s the point of resigning if you have a knife to your throat?

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              • Maquis says:

                That’s an interesting thought. Maduro is likely the only enforcement mechanism the Despot Powers have to protect their investments, so they may push him to be a bitter-ender.

                Well, then someone perhaps needs to end him.

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                • Sherri Young says:

                  Let the Venezuelans deal with him. He will deserve worse than he gets, but it is their country and he is their problem. We suffer collateral damage.

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              • Jan says:

                You treat him like Marco from the Phillipines. You guarantee his safety to a safe port of asylum/exile and if he’s lucky, he gets to live a few years on whatever he’s got stashed somewhere. Otherwise, you don’t guarantee his safety and remind him what happened to Saddam Hussein when THE PEOPLE got ahold of him.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Will be? BlackKnight….China has been over there buying oil for pennies on the dollar. That is whatever oil infastructure is left….imagine…a rebel general has no idea how to continuously get oil out of the ground! {sarc}

        That’s what happens when private services are taken over with government control.

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  9. JohninMK says:

    Many of you here will disagree with what I say, again, but my view is pretty common across the rest of the World so you should be aware of it.

    Please bear in mind that whilst we all here probably find the actions of the FBI and DoJ very worrying, to put it mildly, there is every reason to believe that the CIA, who are even less visible or held to account, are any different and the Americas are their back yard.

    This situation is strangely similar to what occurred in Libya and Syria. Stand up to the US and reap the whirlwind. A big difference is that this time China is in it with a $50B investment that would almost certainly be lost if the coup succeeded, We live in dangerous times.

    Oh and on a lighter note expect the Venezuelan Government to turn round and say that, due to the political split in the US, they are recognising H Clinton as the US President.

    If the US gets its way here again then all the International Law on Sovereign States may as well get finally thrown in the bin, the US having established for themselves and no-one else the right to interfere in any others elections and decide who they should have as leaders.

    A fairly black view of the situation from MoA followed by a less black view over at ZH,

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/01/venezuela-the-us-game-plan-and-how-to-respond-to-it.html#more
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-24/5-reasons-why-us-led-crusade-against-venezuela-may-fail

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    • Ozwitch says:

      Are you also calling out the President of Brazil, and the Organisation of American States, who recognised the interim Government and declared Maduro illegitimate way before the US did? Or is your condemnation reserved for President Trump only?

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      • JohninMK says:

        Those countries are allies or on the same side as the US or just are politically opposed to left wing policies so they will take the same view as the US and I would expect the timing to have been either no accident. I have no criticism of your President he was almost certainly acting on advice put in front of him and definitely acting in the best interests of the US, which is his job. My condemnation as you put it is for the stance of the special interests that drive US policy.

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        • andyocoregon says:

          I don’t think any special interests drive President Trump’s foreign policy. He is his own man. Oh sure he has advisers, like any President, but if any of his staff disagree with him, they’re gone. Have you noticed the turnover the past two years in The White House?
          Perhaps you are just accustomed to your own corrupt government, wherever that is.

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        • Sherri Young says:

          My impression is Trump probably turned over the topic of Venezuela to Pompeo pretty much from the time Pompeo moved to State. No inside knowledge, just my impression.

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    • Go back to your WaPo editor: You failed.

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      • JohninMK says:

        I am retired and in England, I have no editor. I am not sure how I failed, I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. All I am trying to do is to describe to you and others here another view out there in the world beyond the shores of America.

        The US taking this action could well be counter productive. Ever since time immemorial one of the best ways of a leader bringing the people together is having an external enemy and the US fills that role perfectly in this situation.

        Personally I don’t think they stand a chance against the wishes of the US but in taking a stand sadly there could well be a lot of death and destruction which they can ill afford.

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        • TarsTarkas says:

          When you’re picking through the garbage for your next meal and have been doing so for some time you have no time or energy or desire to scream hate at the external enemy the government who has forced you to into that position.

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        • Let me be clear: You’re marinating in “WaPo World” … Deep State Conspiracy Spinners.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          I get where you’re coming from JohnInMK…..I may be wrong…but I do believe this is only humanitarian support and in support of VZ’s long ago Constitution, that we are upholding.

          There will be no troops, etc etc. (bad things We’ve done in the past)

          VZ has a very long standing Constitution….with Provisions in it to back this, whatever this is, at this point attempting to be……Columbia, et al are overrun with starving VZ refugees coming for work, and even just food right now…..Dang….even the animals, zoo, or otherwise that haven’t already been eaten by humans….. have ribs showing….and they are in our hemisphere.

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    • Kent says:

      ….nation of muslim Islam brotherhood much?

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    • yucki says:

      Moon of Alabama is highly skilled in geostrategic analysis.
      He’s also an anti-American, jew-hating enemy. 100% consistent.

      I read him regularly to stay humble. Never think we have a monoploy on smart people.

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      • yucki says:

        Oh – and, by the way – ZeroHedge.
        The spin is appealing: it counters the Western party-line we recognize as fake news. PTrump’s base in particular is a target audience.

        At least a third of the articles from ZeroHedge are directly Russia-sourced. Others, from FT or the WSJ, for example, won’t change the drift.

        While our interests may sometimes coincide, they often do not. Propaganda pushes mutual benefit, but the deck is stacked or half the cards don’t exist. These are masters at the craft.

        “Strategic Culture”, “Eurasia-[anything]”, bylines with names that don’t sound Russian but quote notorious regime-mouthpieces. Recycled commie professors from our own elite institutions. Extreme libertarians and those who pander to conspiracy paranoiacs.

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      • GB Bari says:

        If you second sentence is true (I believe it is based on a prior read of that website), then neither of your other two sentences carry much weight, IMO.

        Heinrich Himmler was very skilled and very smart. But I would not read anything he wrote just “to stay humble.” Evil is evil. Period.

        People who support a tyrant like Maduro in keeping his power cannot be that smart. Or skilled in geostrategic analysis.

        IMO.

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        • Sherri Young says:

          A certain amount of the “grassroots support” for Maduro is from Venezuelans who have allowed themselves to be “kept on the plantation” through welfare payments and direct food distribution. Some have been given government jobs. In exchange, they function as political activists for the regime. Not much thought or effort goes into their philosophy.

          LBJ is likely looking up in approval from his hot spot in the afterlife.

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    • Latina says:

      Guaido was elected, won, Maduro committed fraud.
      People protested and demanded. This was an inside change.

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  10. 335blues says:

    I believe there was a thinly veiled warning
    to the cuban thugs/security forces to get
    out of Venezuela now while they can walk.
    Or they will be carried out.

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  11. Redhotsnowman says:

    Pompeo 2024

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  12. andyocoregon says:

    Senator Marco Rubio is giving a great speech now as well. As he said, the crisis in Venezuela is important to our country since Russia has been invited by Maduro to build permanent Army and Air Force bases there. And Russia wants to do that since we have our bases in their hemisphere.
    Also, Maduro’s government looks the other way at drug cartels who grow, process and smuggle hard drugs to the U.S. and Europe.
    His election was a fraud and he’s killing his country’s people by starving them to death.
    I hope he can be replaced without too many lives being lost.
    I know one thing, If I, as an American, was in Venezuela right now, I’d skedaddle out of there.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      And while I half-azz agree with you on Li’l Marco……and what he said on the Floor earlier is true……there are a handful of Senators who would just as soon send troops over there before anything else. Sad to say; but true. Marco spoke TRUTH tonight in his history of what’s going on…and I will agree with Marco on a national interest basis, just because they are in our hemisphere……(but Marco is one of those troop-sending-take-over McStain kind of senators in the making.)

      Marco bringing RUSSIA into the mix is a tell-tale sign….Marco wasn’t even born yet when the Russians were in Cuba….yet he speaks as such….memories from being on his Papa’s knee.

      And IMO….either the CIA goes away…or we barricade the FBI back to it’s original Charter, which limited to only the United States…none of the over-seas operations and offices they’ve had going on for the last 3-4 decades.

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  13. Liberty Forge says:

    So, can someone interview that pipsqueak AOC to get her thoughts on the marvelous wonders of Socialism now?

    Surely she agrees with Venezuela being freed from a Socialist Dictator, no?

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  14. Sloth1963 says:

    Dirty job but someone had to do it. Thanks Secretary Pompe.

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  15. Mike in a Truck says:

    Where’s O.Cotex? Where’s Bernie? Where’s Poc-A- Honky? Their “Comrades” are in trouble.They need your help.Hurry down there and show solidarity with your ideological brothers and sisters. Fight for what you belive in!

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  16. Rob1 says:

    Can someone provide links that explain why the Maduro government is considered to be illegitimate? I read some vague accusations of election fraud, but no real information that I could research. Besides, we have the same vague accusations of voter fraud here in the US. Anyway, I don’t like the guy or his philosophy on government, but I would like to have some facts before I route for the other team.

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    • There’s this thing called the internet. Go ahead. Be brave.

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      • Maquis says:

        👍

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      • Rob1 says:

        Of course I checked before asking. The internet is full of articles stating that so-and-so says the election was illegitimate, but I haven’t seen any reasons why. The closest I’ve seen is a claim that the opposition had boycotted the election. I wouldn’t accept that reason if the Dems boycotted the 2020 election.

        So what are the reasons to consider the election illegitimate? It’s a reasonable question. Your smart-ass reply only draws attention to the fact that you do not know the answer.

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        • Rob1 says:

          For those interested, I found some main stream media sites (who I don’t necessarily trust), which say that Maduro banned some of the opposition parties from running for President in 2018, based on the fact that they boycotted an earlier mayoral election. I haven’t done enough research to verify if that’s true or not. I wish I could trust the news media — life would be so much easier!

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    • JohninMK says:

      You are correct to question the election as all kinds of ‘voter encouragement’ went on. It was probably more and certainly a lot more overt than goes on in western countries but probably not enough to change the vote.

      Incidently Guaido, now regarded by external countries as President, didn’t take part in the vote for President last year, 2018. Not sure why they chose Guaido rather than one of those two losing opposition candidates who had at least got some votes.

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      • Maquis says:

        Guaido is the President of the Assembly, so he actually was already elected to a legitimate position of power, and the Assembly declared he shall be the interim president based on their powers under the Venezuelan constitution to remove the illegitimate bus driver.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Yes, Maquis…and what is it…something like 45 or 90 days to have an election, or something……It’s been a while since I read the VZ Constitution.

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    • Here is wikipedia info; kind of disjointed but this is part about Maduro illegitimacy:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela#Government_and_politics

      Suspension of constitutional rights
      Protests in Altamira (2014)

      Parliamentary Elections were held in Venezuela on 6 December 2015 to elect the 164 deputies and three indigenous representatives of the National Assembly. In 2014, a series of protest and demonstrations began in Venezuela, attributed to inflation, violence and shortages in Venezuela. The government has accused the protest of being motivated by fascists, opposition leaders, capitalism and foreign influence,[150] despite being largely peaceful.[151]

      President Maduro acknowledged PSUV defeat, but attributed the opposition’s victory to an intensification of an economic war. Despite this, Maduro said “I will stop by hook or by crook the opposition coming to power, whatever the costs, in any way”.[152] In the following months, Maduro fulfilled his promise of preventing the democratically- and constitutionally-elected National Assembly from legislating. The first steps taken by PSUV and government were the substitution of the entire Supreme Court a day after the Parliamentary Elections[153] contrary to the Constitution of Venezuela, acclaimed as a fraud by the majority of the Venezuelan and international press.[154][155][156][157] The Financial Times described the function of the Supreme Court in Venezuela as “rubber stamping executive whims and vetoing legislation”.[158] The PSUV government used this violation to suspend several elected opponents,[159] ignoring again the Constitution of Venezuela. Maduro said that “the Amnesty law (approved by the Parliament) will not be executed” and asked the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional before the law was known.[160]

      On 16 January 2016, Maduro approved an unconstitutional economic emergency decree,[161] relegating to his own figure the legislative and executive powers, while also holding judiciary power through the fraudulent designation of judges the day after the election on 6 December 2015.[153][154][155][156][157] From these events, Maduro effectively controls all three branches of government. On 14 May 2016, constitutional guarantees were in fact suspended when Maduro decreed the extension of the economic emergency decree for another 60 days and declared a State of Emergency,[162] which is a clear violation of the Constitution of Venezuela[163] in the Article 338th: “The approval of the extension of States of emergency corresponds to the National Assembly.” Thus, constitutional rights in Venezuela are considered suspended in fact by a large number of publications[164][165][166] and public figures.[167][168][169][170]

      On 14 May 2016, the Organization of American States was considering the application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter[171] sanctions for non-compliance to its own constitution.

      In March 2017, the Venezuelan Supreme Court took over law making powers from the National Assembly[172] but reversed its decision the following day.[173]

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  17. Amber says:

    Why is the US interfering into the internal affairs of another sovereign country.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      Because all the refugees that Maduro is causing is degrading the societies and economics of his neighbors which in turn affects us. No man is an island. When would you chose to intervene? When he started machine-gunning his opposition? Bombing them? Holding bonfires with them? Ignoring the problem is what led to Kitty Genovese’s death.

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    • Buck says:

      Profit!
      Oil is gonna flow El Norte again if ‘they’ can pull this off.

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    • piper567 says:

      Amber, I think a piece of it has to do with the fact this is in our Hemisphere.
      And I believe the immediate support for our declaration of support for Guaido by so many other Central and other American Countries may be indicative of the interest these Countries have in USA leadership in our region.
      I understand the opportunity for intervention, but, at least at this point, I think the President
      would successfully override the elements in our traitorous Congress who favor war in general.
      I may just be naïve here, but right now, I support the President’s hasty acknowledgement of Guaido.

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  18. kltk1 says:

    Pompeo 2024.

    Not that she would be my choice anyway, but, Nikki Haley is still very young, she can pick up in 2032.

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  19. spoogels says:

    After US Recognizes Venezuelan Opposition Chief as President, Iranian Leaders Rally Behind Maduro Regime

    https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/24/after-us-recognizes-venezuelan-opposition-chief-as-president-iranian-leaders-rally-behind-maduro-regime/

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    • spoogels says:

      *Military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries has frequently centered on Iran’s Lebanese terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, which continues to use Latin America as a base for money-laundering, drug-trafficking and other criminal operations designed to raise funds. In February 2017, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions against Maduro’s vice president, Tareck El Aissami, along with other regime officials, for funneling drug money, as well as issuing hundreds of Venezuelan passports, to operatives of Hezbollah and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).*

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    • Maquis says:

      They see the writing on the wall.
      Neda Soltan sends the mullahs her regards.

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  20. yucki says:

    Don’t forget “our ally”: The Turk.
    The caption on this picture from 2016, “El diablo los junta”:

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    • Maquis says:

      I see three devils…

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      • spoogels says:

        *Elsewhere in the Middle East, Syria and Turkey also leapt to Maduro’s aid on Thursday. A spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime “condemns in strongest terms going to extremes by the US and its blatant interference in the affairs of Venezuela, which constitutes a flagrant violation of all international norms and laws and a brazen attack against Venezuelan sovereignty.” Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who hosted Maduro on three separate occasions in 2018 — told journalists in Ankara that he had phoned the Venezuelan leader and urged him to “stand tall, brother.”*

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        I see 2 for sure…..and have questions about the 3rd one on the right.

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  21. Fools Gold says:

    Trump has confronted both dragons. Everyone seems to overlook the Russian alliance between them and Xi. It’s in our Southern Hemisphere. You all ought to consider alliances in this part of the world. Does Trump have the support down south? Or will it be corrupted by those uniparty dwellers? As for me, I’m sticking to my guns and the wall and I use free speech no matter what or who’s beside me. There’s a reason why Maddox is gone and the war monger Trump hired has Trumps and our SOS’s ear and I support both all three of them all the way!

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    • Buck says:

      Sadly, China owns most of our Southern Hemisphere already.
      Will have control of the Panama Canal and is building a second in Nicaragua.
      Wonder why no one cried about the Monroe Doctrine then?
      Welcome to the Chimericas.

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  22. ~Memo to Democrats as a Whole & Occupy Democrat SPECIFICALLY : [IF] Pres.Trump was a (Putin-Puppet), Would CUTTING-OFF-THE-OIL-SPIGOT to both Russia & China be something an Ally would do, Hmm ?~
    1) Venezuela is the Largest Oil Producer in the Southern Hemisphere.
    2) Germany PM Angela Merkel’s SECRET Oil-Deal with Russia for Oil.
    3) China’s (BELT-ROAD) Economic-Plan to obtain OIL & BANKRUPT Hosting Countries for TAKE-OVER.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      We should not overlook the Russian gold mining operations in Venezuela. I believe we have sanctions in place in opposition.

      It appears that the Treasury Department knows a lot about what is happening in Venezuela. I don’t know if that is through cooperation with the CIA or if Treasury has its own investigators involved.

      Treasury administers the sanctions.

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  23. thesavvyinvester says:

    Get all the despots out of South America, as they are making a play imho for the next big thing ( and the Russians blew it with their bet on Uranium) Lithium. Look at this, I did not know Argentina was a lituim player…

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    • thesavvyinvester says:

      Btw…Yo the best of my knowledge Venezuela is not a Lithium player, however, denying the Ruskies, Chi-Coms, Cuba, Iran etc a base there to cause trouble? Oh ya, do it, all your bases belong to us….

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