The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC has followed up on the ouster of opposition figure Juan Guido, announcing that they will close the facility.
This effectively caps the US policy of the past several years. In early 2019, the US started backing Guaido as the leader of Venezuela, recognizing him as head of state and moving to oust actual President Maduro.
This included seizing revenue, setting up pro-Guaido forces in the embassy, and talking up military intervention to impose regime change.
While regime change was a pet plan of former President Trump, the Biden Administration says the policy is not changing and all sanctions will remain in place.
It isn’t totally clear what that means. The Administration plainly doesn’t want the public expecting anything,with State Dept officials reiterating that Maduro is not legitimate.
At the same time, this is a golden opportunity for the US to reverse course. Maduro says he wants normalization, but the US commitment to regime change, after years of failure, seems to be averse to making a policy change over Guaido’s fall.
The big question is where the US policy goes from here. Despite current claims, the status quo seems untenable, and just not recognizing Maduro likely means very little in practice.
Venezuela’s opposition has yet to tap a replacement leader, so the US may be waiting to endorse them to avoid giving the appearance America is dictating Venezuela’s future.
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Hmm. The US has been trying to dictate Venezuela’s future for a long time. It appears that the attempts have failed and continue to fail. Do the geniuses at State think no one has noticed?
Red, your statement is so right on it made me laugh out loud; the “appearance” that Amerikkka is trying to dictate over Venezuela! I mean, wtf other conclusion could any sane person reach?
Well we have quite a few dummies who swallow whatever they are told here in the land of the city on the hill.
I strongly suspect that genius is not the operative word at state. I’m thinking something way, way down the totem of intelligence primates have erected over the past couple of million years.
No! We have the best and the brightest leading the nation. Just look at Joe and Camela. Genius!
Trump is Biden’s Reflection In Chief. They both like to meddle in the affairs of Developing Nations to get leaders suitable to them even if they are unsuitable to their own people and are illegitimately installed.
Sanctions do not affect the leaders of the nations, they hurt the 99% of the population in the nations. They do not cause the people to rise up to overthrow the regimes and neither win the hearts nor minds of the people there.
“Meddling” is a prime example of why we don’t succeed in very much of anything….
So, was that an “embassy”, just a just coup center?
The CIA agents are stationed in embassies, they are part of the embassies diplomatic corps and get the same protections as the diplomats.
Yes and Russians told them not to close it when all of it started. I guess they got everything they needed and now Venezuela have much stronger resistance to meddling from the king of drama, Uncle Shame.
Does anyone know who is in charge in the Biden nuthouse?
Biden is the misleading commander in chief at the Nuthouse. Kevin McCarthy is the House of Representatives Mis speaker.
That is possible but is there someone behind the curtain? Would they not need guidance? They are not the brightest lights in the barn.
I don’t think there’s really anyone behind the curtain. Presidents speak to maybe twenty or thirty people on a regular basis. They act as both conduits of presidential directives and sources of information to the president.
US foreign policy is politically, economically, ethically, morally bankrupt – completely. Has been since forever.
Venezuela should remain the South America hub for the resistance to US imperialism and part of that continent to multi-polar world…!
Is it ‘multipolar’ or bi-polar?……………………………………….
Unfortunately,many of the Latin America countries use the banner of anti imperialism to justify wealth grabs for the left wing despots ,racism, corruption, and self destruction of their own economies.
That sounds like a bit of gross exaggeration…
What do you call it when it is on the ‘right’ side of the paradigm?
Check out my response on Nicaragua above. I despise extremist abuses of power stink,no matter who does them.
Abuse of power is, has been, and will continue to be, primate behavior. Grow up.
And you are an angel-grow up.
Oy vey! Reality-disconnected nutbag.
Latin American countries use ***actual*** democracy to elect socialist governments that serve the people, especially the poor. Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Bolivia … and now Brazil once again.
These “freely and fairly” elected populist political leaders work to prevent racism, corruption, wealth grabs and the looting of national patrimonies by foreign corporations, oligarchs, and right wing despots.
In other words,anything with a leftist orientation is good god good.Tired Tired old line.Yes,in Nicaragua,Somoza was thrown out-fine,Then—a popular revolution was subverted by theSandies-40 Misquito Indians massacred by the Sandies,peaceful student protesters shot down,wealth and palaces grabbed by the Sandies.Venezuela- Chavez was a raving ANTISEMITE who out Jewish citizens,raided cultural centers, and also managed to drive out middle class people as welll.Appropriated the property of foreign business-wrecked its economy.Of course Judaeophobia is OK by you.
Ranting won’t make you look any more convincing.
In other words,you speak pearls of wisdom,and those who disagree with you rant. My facts and logic have just bested your world view-HAHAHA.
They don’t like Israeli land theft.. bad people all of them
What the fork does does bad government in Latin America have to do with Israel?
Everything to do with ur gaslighting. U hate them for their support of a just cause so u malign them
So now you are telepathic and can explain my motives. “Gaslighting” has nothing to do with the solid facts I present-deal with them.
1.In other words,causes you support are just, and you and your supporters can do as they please.Ever hear of free speech and freedom of worship? Opposing Zionism is a political view,attacking any Jewish person you can get at is evil.I know its hard for you-but get the difference.
If they don’t like Israeli politics that’s their business. Raiding houses of worship and cultural centers, and calling any Jewish citizen they don’t like a Zionist is BAD.Once again,get your facts straight.
Another day in the decline of the Empire…
Where does US policy go (from here)? In the toilet. Flush……….
Bum, bump, bump, another one bites the dust…Bump, bump, bump…
What we have is tremendous lost opportunities because this administration is not much of an improvement over the last one.
If we don’t know who our friends are, how will be able to identify our enemies?…..
The only thing sanctioning Venezuela achieves is sending more Venezuelans to the US borders.
Oh well, on the the next proxy war/regime change…
Any country that resists neoliberalism (the “international rules-based order”) -free access for international investment capital, privatization, deregulation, yellow-dog union-ism, low taxation, no tarriffs, dollar reserves, and strict adherence to WTO- qualifies for sanctions and regime change. And in addition to the Maduro case, we’re now waiting to see if Lula has learned his lesson.
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