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Comment by George W. Reichel on February 3, 2019 at 2:27
Comment by George W. Reichel on February 2, 2019 at 7:51


Ever changing cast off characters

There he was, right there on the stage to the right side of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who was briefing the press on America’s position concerning the recent coup in Venezuela. I rubbed my eyes—was I seeing what I thought I was seeing?

It was Elliot Abrams. What was HE doing there? After all, back in February 2017, after then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had pushed for his nomination as Deputy Secretary of State, it was President Trump himself who had vetoed his appointment.

Here is how the anodyne account in Wikipedia describes it:

In February 2017, it was reported that Abrams was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson‘s first pick for Deputy Secretary of State, but that Tillerson was subsequently overruled by Trump. Trump aides were supportive of Abrams, but Trump opposed him because of Abrams’ opposition during the campaign. [emphasis mine]

Abrams during the 2016 campaign had been a NeverTrumper who vigorously opposed Donald Trump and who had strongly attacked the future president’s “Make America Great Again,” America First foreign policy proposals.

Comment by George W. Reichel on January 31, 2019 at 1:31

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro might be forgiven for thinking there's a foreign-backed conspiracy against him in repeatedly accusing the US of engineering a "coup" and waging "economic war" against his regime, especially given that US advisers are now quite openly admitting this is precisely the case. In fact just after Maduro's contested reelection and swearing in to a second six-year term, his foreign minister Jorge Arreaza told Democracy Now that "Nothing that the opposition does is without the permission or authorization of the State Department... They say, 'We have to make consultations with the embassy. We have to make consultations with the Dept of State.'"

While that broad brush assertion could remain over-simplistic, White House officials aren't making it any easier for the opposition in terms of Maduro painting it as tainted by a foreign hand. As a prime example, Trump's national security advisor John Bolton recently admitted to Fox Business that the US has a "lot at stake" amidst the ongoing Venezuela crisis given the fact that it has the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Bolton told host Trish Regan

It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.

So it appears that as the administration contemplates ratcheting up both economic and political pressures in favor of opposition National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, and as "all options are on the table" according to senior officials last week, Bolton in a candid moment which went largely overlooked by the rest of the mainstream media has given us a glimpse into the administration's less than pure motives on Venezuela


Comment by George W. Reichel on January 30, 2019 at 5:33

Comment by Mike White on January 29, 2019 at 11:03

The reason all these heads of state express opinions about other heads of State is that it actually is their business to Have an opinion.   One Country has an effect on another Country. Trump is playing Chess and I am not so worried about Bolton and Co. They aint' the Boss. Keep  'em close I say. And I keep telling You dont worry about the Oil companies.  The days of regime change for profit are over.   This Guy does sort of resemble Beto doesn't He. And thanks Rose. I must say the most recent New Zealanders I met were what  I would call Sheeple. One Young Lady I met in Guatemala was bragging about Green this and carbon footprint that but when I asked Her if She got to Guatemala in a row boat She had no answer and hated Me with Her eyes after . that. I am , especially when observing Pelosi , starting to take the view of demon or say....reptilian possession.  Other People spend more time blogging and talking than reading  and say things to Me like " do You believe everything You read" ?  You just cannot reach them.    Strange times indeed.  

Comment by rose on January 29, 2019 at 7:38

All good Mike/George, it's a safe place to say what you feel. We all have a different perspective / view point and thats a healthy thing.

I never did get the political labels our American friends seem to be so comfortable/programmed? with.  The sheep/ditto heads of NZ are beginning to use a similar rhetoric when referring to politics.

Strange times. 

Comment by George W. Reichel on January 29, 2019 at 6:16


2fr...Heart of the matter=none of our business

Maduro and Guaid (Presidential crisis)Guaido kinda looks like Beto,huh?lolHow Venezuelans choose to conduct their political affairs never has been and is not now the business of the US government. One need support neither Maduro nor Guaido to reach this conclusion. It's simply not up to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, or any other American politician to run Venezuela.

Comment by George W. Reichel on January 29, 2019 at 6:13

Trump is no neocon??Tell it to him and his appointments,Bolton,Elliot Abrms and Pompeo.lol

Definitely not a democrat nor the other wing of the War Party.Guess I would describe myself as a Ron Paul libertarian.

Trump and his neocons want Exxon and Shell to be selling us Venezuelan oil.

Comment by Mike White on January 29, 2019 at 5:40

We are buying venezuelan oil and will keep buying it.  Trump is no Neo con. He cannot play all His cards until the Criminals fire all their weapons.  You sound like a Democrat. Sorry about that.   Maybe Your fellow Texan Beto is to Your liking. Sorry to be a troll here Mate. 

Comment by George W. Reichel on January 29, 2019 at 5:04

Oh I'm for keeping Trump in office until 2020.Pence would be even more beholden to the Israel Lobby if that's possible.

We'll see if that regime change scenario results in anything positive other than providing access to their oil by American companies.Thus far,our neocon-directed foreign policies have been a bankrupting as well as humanitarian disasters.

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