The United States of America has been, and likely will continue to be, the most prodigiously successful destroyers of the national integrity of foreign countries of the past 100 years. Democratically elected governments are meaningless to our destabilization efforts nor does the blood of thousands, if not millions, of innocent civilians unfortunate to be citizens of the regimes we have toppled and usually replaced with compliant, pro-American dictators, drug lords and worse. In a world where the reality of the past is meaningless to the propagandists and manipulators of the present, all that matters is the majority of the dumbed down compliant masses digest as acceptable reality of the words spewing forth from odious mouthpieces of the Ministry of Truth.
First, for this horrendously smarmy Uriah Heep like woman to make a statement so blatantly absurd, stating as fact that the United States does not and has not supported coups in foreign nations, is so ludicrous it is disgusting. Not only have we initiated and supported the countless coups in the Latin American nations to our south, but we have been most diligent at training the colonels and other henchmen from those countries in the most advance and gruesome methods of torture at such Orwellian oasis of joy as the School of The America’s right here on US soil. If history is a guide to the present and the future, the leaders of these nations, in fact, all nations, are justified in wondering when they will be the recipient of America’s Imperial largess. Of course that is, if they are thinking of straying from the American way–which is, as far as our hubristic mythologies tell us all, is not only the right way but the only way.
As I’ve always said about Barack Obama, you’ve almost got to admire his cynical Orwellian chutzpah. Reading some talking points of Empire, the United States President recently told his fellow US-of-Americans that Venezuela – yes, Venezuela – is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” Obama declared a “national emergency” to deal with that threat. The perceptive Canadian observer Graeme Cheadle offered the following reflection on Obama’s declaration in an online communication:
“Venezuela’s air force is the 43rd largest in the world (smaller than Singapore’s), its navy is smaller than Cameroon’s, and its army has fewer tanks than Uganda’s. Its total defense expenditures come to about 1.7% of those of the United States. The US was recently implicated in a coup attempt against the Venezuelan government, not the other way around. Yet somehow Venezuela is the threat? Reminds me of Reagan’s 1986 warning that the Nicaraguan Sandinistas were just ‘two days driving time’ from Harlingen, Texas, or the response given by the Mexican ambassador to the United States in 1961 to Kennedy’s call for collective action against Cuba: ‘If we publicly declare that Cuba is a threat to our security, 40 million Mexicans will die laughing.’”
==Barack Obama, Monty Python, and the U.S. Threat to Venezuela, Paul Street
The Venezuelans are coming, the Venezuelans are coming–everybody to get from street!
U.S. hemispheric policy reached a new low today when President Barack Obama invoked emergency powers to declare “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.” Thanks to Obama’s action, the U.S. has now blatantly rehabilitated its traditional imperial posture towards the South and challenged the continent-wide Bolivarian cause of Latin American and Caribbean independence and sovereignty. With such a wreckless declaration, Washington has sent a green light to the ultra right opposition that was behind the anti-government violence in Venezuela during the first quarter of last year. This contravenes the current efforts of a delegation sent to Caracas by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to maintain the peace, and thereby further alienates a region committed to defending their national sovereignty and independence from any power block on earth.