January 24, 2019
The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. Today, I have officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. https://t.co/WItWPiG9jK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2019
President Trump is going full-on in his condemnation of Venezuelan communism.
US President Donald Trump has recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president in a provocative move against the elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
“Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela,” Trump said in statement.
He called the Maduro government “illegitimate” and “directly responsible for any threats” posed to the Venezuelan people.
He added he would use “the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy” and encouraged other governments in the Western Hemisphere to also recognize Guaido.
nb4 neocon warmachine: The context here is that Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing leader of Brazil, just did the same thing – said that the other guy is the actual President.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) January 23, 2019
Brazil and several other South American states have recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president, following the lead of the US, Canada, and the EU. Mexico, Uruguay, and Bolivia declined.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted that “Brazil supports politically and economically the transition back to democracy and social peace in Venezuela.”
Of course, this was also a position of the neocon warmachine. That this communist leader had to go, because oil production and so on.
But for people in the region, it Venezuela is an actual, practical problem.
People are as close to starving as anyone can be in 2018.
You can’t actually starve in 2018 unless you’re in Africa or the Middle East and some government is starving you on purpose. Food is too cheap to produce with modern methods, and if you do somehow fuck that up, all of these international organizations exist to give you free food.
But the government is rationing food and everything else. It’s a total and complete disaster, this country.
This is from earlier this week:
It’s a weekly scene. If not daily.
The various South American leaders have a list of issues they take with Maduro, but the primary one is probably that thousands of people a day are pouring out of that country into their countries.
According to the International Rescue Committee:
According the U.N., more than three million people have left Venezuela since the crisis began. One million of those, many lacking official documentation, have gone to neighboring Colombia. Hundreds of thousands more have traveled to Brazil, Peru or Ecuador. It’s expected that these numbers will increase as the crisis deepens; by the end of 2019, there could be two million Venezuelans in Colombia.
Beyond that, communism always does this thing where it tries to spread out to neighboring countries.
The Arab-Brazilian communist that Bolsonaro ran against last year, Fernando Haddad, was a supporter of Jewish-Venezuelan communist Nicolás Maduro, and wanted closer ties between Venezuela and Brazil.
This was argued to be an attempt to spread the ills of Venezuela to Brazil as part of an ongoing communist strategem in the region.
So, in this context, this neocon agenda isn’t necessarily in play here, despite what some people on the right are claiming.
Assange, for example.
Should Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, China and other nations unilaterally declare Nanci Pelosi to be the interim president of the United States given controversies surrounding President Trump?
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 24, 2019
I understand it makes people nervous, because Venezuela is on a lot of neocon lists.
Trump’s top neocon Judas John Bolton has talked about bringing freedom and so on.
So there is overlap between the agenda of the right-wing in South America, which is experiencing this refugee crisis and is worried about communism spreading through the region, and neocons who are worried about the Venezuelan oil industry.
And probably, this is on some level a kind of thing where Trump is supporting a relatively minor neocon agenda in order to distract from the fact that he just put the kibosh on a major neocon agenda in Syria.
But there’s a very real chance that even if neocons weren’t pushing for regime change in Venezuela, he would have made the statement anyway, simply to support Bolsonaro and the rest of the anti-communists in South America.
Whatever the case, this is not some kind of thing to freak out about.
Right-wingers claiming that this is some kind of Trump neocon plot to start a war in South America are either not very informed on the larger picture here, or they’re just looking for any reason to criticize Trump.