The Trump administration is sending Navy ships to patrol Venezuela, the latest escalation against the government targeted by an aggressive hybrid US regime change intervention.
“President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro,” AP reports in an article packed with pro-US disinformation.
“As governments and nations focus on the coronavirus there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain,” said Trump. “We must not let that happen.”
“The Venezuelan people continue to suffer tremendously due to Maduro and his criminal control over the country, and drug traffickers are seizing on this lawlessness,” added Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
How much dishonesty can you cram into a single report? @AP is going for the record. Let's count (see thread. Also, what on Earth is an "anti-drug ship"?)https://t.co/50WrmRyU7h
— venezuelanalysis.com (@venanalysis) April 1, 2020
All of this, of course, is bullshit. The US government does not care about “the Venezuelan people” (a term only ever invoked to advance pro-regime change narratives); if they did they wouldn’t be murdering them by the tens of thousands using starvation sanctions and targeting them with backdoor biowarfare by cutting off their ability to protect themselves from a deadly pandemic.
The US government is also not interested in “drug traffickers”. As journalist Ben Norton notes, “Even the US government’s own data admit the vast, vast, vast majority of drugs (mostly cocaine) coming from Latin America come from Colombia — a right-wing US colony.”
“70% of the coca (used to create cocaine) grown in the whole world came from Colombia in 2017 according to the UN,” Norton adds. “Right-wing US colony Colombia is the CIA’s favorite drug dealer, used to fund death squads and Contra terrorist wars to overthrow leftist governments.”
As Venezuela Analysis rightly points out, in 2009 George W Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to then-president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe Vélez, who was previously listed by US intelligence as one of Colombia’s leading narco-traffickers.
So no, the US government does not care about drug trafficking, and it does not care about the Venezuelan people. What the US government cares about is securing control over the largest proven oil reserve on planet Earth, which is located beneath Venezuelan soil.
"Yeah we're super interested in getting rid of Maduro because his country's got so much… uhhh… drug trafficking." pic.twitter.com/omrMT3751c
— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) April 1, 2020
It’s so precious how the US empire pretends that its transparent resource control agendas are about protecting human interests. It reminds me of the excuses the guys make when they get busted on To Catch A Predator: “No, Chris Hansen, honest! I just drove 300 miles because I wanted to give the 13 year-old girl a talking to about the dangers of flirting with strangers online.” No you didn’t America, you drove 300 miles because you wanted to steal that little girl’s oil reserves you pervert.
The Trump administration has already admitted that its sole interest is in toppling the Venezuelan government with its ridiculous offer to cease murdering civilians via economic warfare if Maduro leaves office; adding a bunch of unrelated gibberish about narco-trafficking on top of this does nothing to obfuscate this. Warships have been sent to Venezuela because the Trump administration is waging a deadly war upon Venezuelans and that’s what you do during a war. These continued escalations are directed at nothing other than shoring up more power and control for the globe-spanning US-centralized empire, which works tirelessly to dominate the world by dominating its resources.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t remember voting for a paradigm where powerful governments pour the lion’s share of riches into sabotaging, toppling and destroying nations which don’t bow before their demands. This dynamic exists without the consent of ordinary human beings, and it brings nothing but harm to ordinary human beings. It harms human beings abroad with overt and covert applications of deadly force, and it harms human beings at home by robbing them of riches and resources for agendas which benefit them in no way, shape or form.
In 2017 the military identified a novel influenza disease as "the most likely and significant threat" which it anticipated would lead to a shortage of ventilators, face masks and hospital beds, per Pentagon document leaked to me.
They knew.https://t.co/4L6lTDvsLg pic.twitter.com/jW5jmYumMY
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) April 1, 2020
All these Venezuela shenanigans are occurring as revelations emerge that the Pentagon had predicted the exact sort of disruptions a deadly coronavirus pandemic would cause way back in 2017. The Nation‘s Ken Klippenstein shows that the Department of Defense had warned that unless changes were made an outbreak of a novel virus would see a shortage of “ventilators, devices, personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves”, which “will have a significant impact on the availability of the global workforce.”
Hey America? If your Department of “Defense” is not being used to defend the American citizenry from the deadly threats it perceives, but is being used to patrol the shores of an oil-rich nation that has nothing to do with you, then maybe that department needs a new name. And maybe you need a new kind of government. Just a thought.
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Bitburg / April 4, 2020
I found drugs mentioned here as well, a Video of today, called Cops, Gangs and Murder in the bloody Streets of Chicago’. https://youtu.be/em3OH-mZMRo
Chico / April 4, 2020
“And maybe you need a new kind of government.”
Absolutely we do, but the criminal rulers of this country have got us so brainwashed and dumbed-down that we behave exactly like stupid sheep. We go where they herd us, and we love them for making our lives so comfortable by ordering us around so that we don’t even have to think. We let them rob us blind because they tell us they can be trusted, and that’s good enough for us! We get a new kind of government every four years anyway as two con-artists promise us a new kind of government, so we pick one as our president and then get screwed in ways we never thought possible, which always seems new to us!
Peter in Seattle / April 7, 2020
But more seriously, American government (federal and state) is currently allowing the working class — actually, let’s just say the 50% of Americans who can’t come up with $1000 for an emergency like, oh, I don’t know, COVID-19 — to plunge into such dire straits that I’m not sure that being relieved of the burden of thinking is enough comfort anymore. What a shame that the nicer sheep have been conned into following sheepdogs who are sweet-talking them straight into the DNC slaughterhouse. (I’m talking about the Congressional “Progressive” Caucus, “Justice” Democrats, AOC, the Squad, and the Capitulating Milquetoast from Vermont.) I’m old and still recovering from an “atypically long-lasting and physically exhausting cold” (ahem), but I’m hoping for a full-bore insurrection, and when it comes, I’ll bring the stakes, the firewood, and the marshmallows. (For skewers, graham crackers, and Hershey’s bars, you’re on your own.)
I suppose I should add something directly on topic and, with no sarcastic intent whatsoever, that would be: Duh! The Maduro narcotics indictments are, like, the most transparent pretext ever. In other words, ba-a-a-a-a!
JWK / April 3, 2020
Well they are concerned about drugs. They are concerned that people might use drugs from a non-approved source. Pharma is by far the largest drug dealer in the world, and many of the approve medications they promote are more dangerous than those from unapproved sources. But the US Sociopaths In Charge don’t get a kickback from unapproved sources. Excepting the CIA of course.
ron campbell / April 2, 2020
Ms Johnstone, hardly any one can beat this or make it up.
U.S. Attorney General Barr’s indictments on March 26 against the government of Venezuela for narcoterrorism go beyond chutzpah. For starters, William P. Barr was chief counsel for the CIA airline, Southern Air Transport, implicated in the 1980s for running illicit drugs and related narco-terrorism during Iran-Contra. Please read this very revealing article here:
Beyond Chutzpah: the Hypocrisy of US Nacroterrorism Charges Against Venezuela By Roger D. Harris!
jimmy gulag / April 3, 2020
very true, Mr. Cqmpbell.
james webb won a pulitzer for his reporting, but no none applauded. good movie to see how that went.
then he died. suspiciously.
worked for SanJose mercury. he is why we know.
and in Vietnam. air america was the villain. this for heroin.the fatal H.
minecritter / April 2, 2020
…”malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain,” said Trump.
Oh no, not malign actors! This reminds me of the most useful thing I learned from the years I watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Memorize this – it’s amazing how much behavior it explains. It goes:
“He who smelt it, dealt it.”
Ash / April 2, 2020
“If your Department of “Defense” is not being used to defend the American citizenry from the deadly threats it perceives, but is being used to patrol the shores of an oil-rich nation that has nothing to do with you, then maybe that department needs a new name.”
Or an old name: it actually was once called the Department of War.
Michel Bélisle / April 2, 2020
Very good article to read by Mr Chuck Baldwin:
Keeping my Rosary on hand!
Michel Bélisle / April 2, 2020
Mr Chuck Baldwin is right when he writes about this virus crisis:
“Make no mistake about it: This is a planned event.”
How can you trust about the current crisis the same mainstream medias that told us in 2001 on 9/11 that there were wreckages of airplanes in the Pentagone and in a field in Pennsylvania and despite all your best efforts, you could not see any wreckage at all.
Truly, these are the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because I do have seen enough bs.
jimmy gulag / April 2, 2020
So Putin like Trampit, the GRifter. No surprise: Tramp could blow his ass offa da planet anytime he freaks out.
he’d have to call Hil da Shill to find out which button tho: hey Hil, sorry ’bout those accusations, uhmmm, so which button is it for Russia, the red one or the green. i mean reed for stop or blow? the Green is we live they go? i don’t get it.
ahh..the little black boz. say, shouldn’t we all see that, in a democracy. what color is it really. i’d like mable some ebony. whatever.
Hil and Obewon installed at least one drug eealer with no problem. after honduras elected an evil “socialista!” horrors…dag hammerskold comes to mind. Addanhour. DeGaulle. ALMO. Bernie. this one named Zelaya….
like Aristide (3 times elected never served) Pop prez of Haiti.
and a 4 AM deportation from Honduras to Costa Rica?!
for a known and dependable dictator/drug dealer*…i guess we’ll just help Colombia along….
their stories are getting so sparse of any reality that only the navy makes any sense with it’s dump of sick sailors on Guam….shoot i was just gonna buy property there. i’m not now. we might as well move ALL our corona victims, via the USSS Roosevelt, to Guam. keep building those basketball courts then when this is over we’ll have the all-star game there as a reward…if there is anyone left. give it like 10 years…keep that one in mind.
and BTW, iwonder how those new resorts on the the sri Lanka coast are doing. do dancing ghetto grrrls still ring the greens? or has the whole thing just disintegrated. i mean the fishing people only lived there for 5,000 years. hooray for Radisson, Hilton and the Motel 6!
let’s make the world safe for golf again…ugh…
* i fergit his name. there’s a big bug in my brain. dammit.
Starrygordon / April 2, 2020
Global Ceasefire proposed:
pasha / April 2, 2020
Yes, yes, yes! But–how do we get rid of the murderous lying scumbags?
Vote to UnTrump? How does that work? We’ve had NOT ONE WORD about the Dumbocrats changing anything. It fact it sounds like they’d do it even more, to more countries?
Uncle Joe’s in his rocking chair mubble-dubbling to himself.
Tulsi drank the Kool Aid.
The Establishment is united behind AnyoneButBernie.
Force of arms? They have the battalions, big and small.
Subterfuge? They own the biggest subterfuge machine on the planet.
Titanic Steve / April 6, 2020
Bernie plays his role in the machinery of exploitation. there is only one way out, the way the system does its best to malign. Communism. That is it. Class struggle, revolution, expropriation of the capitalist class, everything the ruling class hates.
Khatika / April 2, 2020
Unusual article yesterday said street drug prices are rising dramatically. Cartel in mexico cannot get base drugs required to process street drugs. Maybe true who knows but definitely interesting.
Khatika / April 2, 2020
It amazes me how people can seemingly combine two totally polar opposite statements and it make sense to them. In almost the same sentence you say the AP is full of disinformation but then take their statement of a pandemic as fact. The MSM either give us truth or disinformation. The US is duplicitous and the pandemic is a hoax or the the US is true and good and the pandemicis real. It is one way or the other.
Starrygordon / April 2, 2020
The expert propagandist or disinformationist generally mixes truth with fiction, as well as practicing misleading filtering, framing, obfuscation and so forth. Truth is used when it supports or decorates the story the propagandist is pushing. Surely you are aware of this.
Khatika / April 2, 2020
Yes but can you in your infinite wisdom discern the truth from the lies. That is a slippery slope that leads you exactly where they want you to go. Assume all is lies except what you see around you. Do you see a pandemic. Do you know muliple people who have died. Or do you just see alot of fear. Just as they intended.
Michel Bélisle / April 2, 2020
If the weathy ruling elites and their politicians take advantage of the current crisis to attack another country, I think the best way to retaliate for ordinary people would be for churches to reopen because it would prove that the only way to change the world is to pray together. Quarantine alone won’t change the world.
Truly everything is telling us that we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His return because I do have seen enough bs.
Michel Bélisle / April 2, 2020
It would not surprise me at all if with this pandemic, probably criminally orchestrated, one of the goal of our Godless ruling elites was to deny people their right to assemble to practice their religion and pray together, especially now when the Holy Week is about to begin.
Everything is possible now that we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because I do have seen enough of all the bs.
Skip Scott / April 2, 2020
This kind of crap as been going on my entire life. Maybe it’s me just getting older and wiser, but the difference I see with Trump and his regime is that the propaganda is way more obvious. His handlers were very nervous at first and brought us RussiaGate to bring him to heel. Now they realize that the transparency doesn’t really matter much, because most of the sheeple aren’t paying attention anyway. So it’s “onward Christian Soldiers” we’re “Making America Great Again.” The swamp continues to rise.
Roy / April 2, 2020
LOL. So, funny, of course Australia is friendly toward America, so we wouldn’t expect to find the same sort of thugs running Australia as the thugs running the U.S., beyond that however is the claim that our chickens have come home to roost, but I don’t believe that, I think the virus was created to kill primarily Americans. We here in the U.S. hear so much about how Trump is a bungling fool, but he is so very methodical at blocking all attempts by the states to obtain their own supplies, as Trump said himself, he’d be happy if near a quarter million Americans died from the virus, he’d consider it a success, if two or three million died, I’m sure he’d be even happier. Why would Trump want such a thing? Anyone who has ever heard Benjamin Netanyahu speak of America knows that he hates America and Americans and wishes us all dead and has alluded to plans to bring that about. The FBI, CIA, NSA, and just about everything else including the courts are filled with Israeli agents, they even have our nuclear codes, they want us dead and all of you as well, it’s not just the money it’s the pure joy of killing, and Benjamin owns Trump, so Trump is a perfect service dog for Israeli interests. We hear so much about how bad some people have been treated in the past, but we need only look at all the lies of the present to know that they were all lies, and that they were always treated fairly. What would be fair for someone trying to kill you and your whole family?
ron campbell / April 2, 2020
It this Panama all over again? Ms Johnstone is very correct the United States of America needs a new kind of government completely opposite to the one it presently has. This government is way beyond disgusting!
Tired and no longer active revolutionary / April 2, 2020
Caitlin writes: “Hey America….. maybe you need a new kind of government. Just a thought.”
No! Not just a thought, it should be an obvious necessity if the world is ever to live in peace, with true justice, wisdom, prosperity and good health for all citizens. But that will never happen until dissidents start effective revolutionary action now. Revolutionary leaders must put aside their own ideas and tactics to change the world. It is one thing to know what we do not want for our world but a completely different thing to know what we do want and exactly how to get from here to there. Some revolutionary leaders have a spiritual vision and a few vague ideas but not a successful, clearly defined plan of action for achieving that goal. Those who work for change must share the revolutionary Liberator’s Vision and Mission and this must become a grass-roots, social, spiritual, tactical movement, networking around the world. The revolutionary Liberator I refer to is Yeshua, a Hebrew name which means LIBERATOR. Unfortunately, His revolutionary strategy and tactics are so brilliant, exceptional and powerful that this is way above the mental abilities even for highly intelligent and well-educated people who fail to grasp what Yeshua said and meant. Read more of this here: http://www.wisdompage.com/2013%20Articles/Molyneaux%20essay.pdf
Levi Tate / April 2, 2020
The Department of Defense report that made the warnings about a shortage of ventilators, etc, can be found here:
Save your own copy to your own personal hard drive in case something “happens” to the report sooner than later.
Michel Bélisle / April 2, 2020
“…will try to exploit the situation for their own gain,”
This is exactly what the wealthy ruling elites in the West did with 9/11 introducing mass surveillance (ask Edward Snowden) and creating a police state to protect their power and their money (they need the statu quo for that, so they need to watch everybody to know who is promoting change) and it seems it is what they are trying to do now with the current crisis.
This is the reason why the current crisis is so suspicious. Who has to gain? Most probably the same people again.
No doubt we live in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus, and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because I do have seen enough bs.
Kurt G / April 3, 2020
Michel, your comments are interesting and contain valid points but, good grief, can you please give Noah and Jesus and the second coming a rest? What do you base your religious belief on? Also, just so I understand, you are praying the rosary to hasten the end of the world? Thanks but no thanks on that. If you pray to the sky king please pray for a better world, not the end of the world.
Rich / April 2, 2020
The Pentagon just ordered 100,000 body bags for coronavirus victims?
The Pentagon just called up a bunch of reservist,
They’re going to attack Venezuela.
Annan / April 2, 2020
We must be approaching endgame. Disease mortality and its economic consequences including mass unemployment do not create the kind of disposable income needed to maintain a developed market for goods and services. One can pump liquidity into the economy but this never significantly improves the purchasing power of the bottom 50%-90%. The QE cash or subsidies are simply sequestered by multinationals. In a massively debt-riddled economy, the small number who benefit from institutional carpet-bagging cannot sustain a productive economy and their bailouts, while larger and larger, are worth less and less. The US plan seems to be to drive its citizens into a new feudalism. That looks closer than ever.
Ignatius / April 2, 2020
A country with a fcuked up health system spending billions fcuking up other nations who don’t follow their idea of a fcuked up version of “democracy” rather than spending that money to get their own house in order, in the meantime, the whole world is in lock down except for their army spreading not just “that” virus everywhere they have no right to be in the first place.
Joseph Olson / April 2, 2020
“Opium Wars, Britain Invades China” > ForbiddenKnowledge > Brit bankers started the illegal, international drug trade in 1760, ran it until 1947, when the CIA took over operations. When ever the TINHORN SUPERPOWER needs a distraction, there is always some humble third world nation to topple. The Baby Bush 9/11 false flag wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been disgusting for 18 years. The Obombie & Reptillary wars in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Syria were disgusting. There is nothing MAGA about attacking Venezuela. We are on autopilot to armageddon with a cockpit full of demonic idiots.
Peter Mann / April 2, 2020
Last November the CIA overthrew a civilised democracy in Bolivia, after bribing their police, army and intelligence service. The hidden agenda of USA’s plutocracy is rape and rob and unaccountable.
So much depends on Bernie making it to the White House. I’m deeply pleased he’s taking the race to the finish. There’s a chance that Biden’s campaign could implode, if other sexual allegations were to surface.
Not having a heart, Trump has underestimated Bernie and the decency of ordinary USAians.
Bernie is the opposite of Trump in every aspect, an example of leadership as uplifting as Nelson Mandela.
We live in interesting times.
antoon van maris / April 3, 2020
A candidate that keeps Julian Assange in jail, Will make exactly the same president as all others before him, for he only knows the u.s. kind of freedom of speech, the one where you only allow the bit you want to hear !
Peter Mann / April 3, 2020
Antoon has perfected the art of unhappiness. Note the cynicism and absence of space for nobility and selfless service. To project his degrading opinions onto a man who has dedicated most of his working life to remedying social injustice is no great achievement. It serves only to poison the atmosphere for the rest of us.
jimmy gulag / April 3, 2020
who? what? whay ? how? where? when?
any of those would be an improvement Tooine ol’ chap!
complete a sentence will ya?
which condydate for Prez is keeping ANYONE in jail?
oh, Hilary. duh….i get it now. or do you mean Hitler II?
young Donald Hitler.
whaat is your original language?
do people there have stop signs or big red ?’s
Newton Finn / April 2, 2020
Here are the principles upon which the United States of America was purportedly founded as set forth in the Preamble to its Declaration of Independence (perhaps the most succinct and elegant expression of Enlightenment thought). “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it….” Speaking as a American patriot only in the ideal sense, I join with Caitlin and many others in believing that the only part of this Preamble that pertains to the existing American government is the last sentence.
John Day / April 2, 2020
Uh, Houston, we have a problem…
“Sailors Don’t Need To Die”: Captain Of Nuclear Carrier With Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Pleads For Help
In an astounding plea for help, the captain of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has urged top command of the US Navy to take drastic action after more than 100 sailors aboard the ship have been infected with the coronavirus.
More than a week ago it started with a handful of COVID-19 cases, which by the end of the week spiked to 36, causing the West Pacific-deployed carrier to dock at a naval station at Guam, ordering infected crew members out of the some 5,000 total into makeshift quarantine facilities, including a basketball gym hastily transformed for that purpose.
Reporters hounded President Trump during yesterday’s White House press conference about a Monday phone conversation between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, where the two leaders agreed to hold talks about the chaos in the oil market. And in a gesture of goodwill, Russia – which has only recently started to report large numbers of COVID-19 cases – is sending a military transport plane full of “medical equipment and masks” to aid American governors like Andrew Cuomo in their time of need.
Putin offered to send the aid during Monday’s call, while the two leaders discussed how best to respond to the virus…
“Trump gratefully accepted this humanitarian aid,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday according to Russia’s Interfax news wire. Trump enthusiastically touted the aid after the call. Russia had agreed to help because the pandemic “affects everyone without exception and is of a global nature.”