Anti-War Voices On Both Sides Warn Of Coming CIA Provocation To Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro

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Above: Venezuela’s opposition leader and self proclaimed president Juan Guaido, greets the crowd from the door of a vehicle during a rally in Maracay, Venezuela, April 26, 2019. By Fernando Llano for AP.

With Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday’s failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.

 

Note: We have always recognized that Juan Guaido was disposable. There is nothing special about this puppet, who can easily be replaced. Guaido has become useless for the United States. He is unable to even hold a large rally. He has tried coup’s three times and each time has failed. Guaido has become an embarrassment to President Trump with his repeated failures.

Guaido has failed in Venezuela so the United States must carry out the coup without him in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC where we are currently residing as part of the Embassy Protection Collective. But, Guaido’s botched coup of April 30 made it more difficult for the Trump administration to take over the Venezuelan Embassy. The US needs this embassy to set up a government in exile but with the Embassy Protection Collective living in the building it has complicated even the coup in Washington, DC.

The article below points out that Guaido may be more useful to the United States if he is murdered. He has become an anchor holding back the US takeover of Venezuela. The US needs a new puppet and murdering Guaido and blaming it on Maduro provides multiple benefits to the United States. The Maduro administration decision not to arrest Guaido despite repeated violations of law has made his assassination more difficult. Guaido is not in a Venezuelan prison where blaming his murder on the government would be easier. Guaido is even a failed patsy as the hapless Guaido can’t even get arrested.

We are not predicting Guaido’s murder, and exposing the potential should decrease the likelihood. John Bolton, Elliott Abrams and US foreign policy have histories of murderous actions so this potential should not be discounted. KZ

Prominent American anti-war figures from across the ideological spectrum are warning that the Trump administration may soon turn on Juan Guaidó — the man they recognize as Venezuela’s interim president — in order to justify military intervention in Venezuela.

These warnings followed Guaidó’s failed attempt to lead a military uprising on Tuesday, which analysts characterized as a desperate move, with Guaidó’s parallel government having failed to gain any significant traction in Venezuela since late January. With Guaidó now quickly losing legitimacy and momentum since Tuesday’s failed coup, it has become increasingly probable that his political patrons — the United States — may soon turn on him, as any harm done to him could be blamed on Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, which would allow the U.S. government to justify aggressive action against the Maduro-led government.

One of the first prominent anti-war voices to raise concern that the U.S. government, particularly the CIA, may now see Guaidó as more valuable dead than alive was Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report, with the former congressman, presidential candidate and well-known libertarian. During Tuesday’s edition of the Liberty Report, Paul raised concern that a provocation could be used to push for foreign (i.e., U.S.) military intervention in Venezuela:

The big danger is a hard war breaking out. I’d still bet it won’t be too bad, with thousands of troops moving. But it could be a guerrilla war or something like that. If there is a false flag or some important official on either side gets killed, you can’t tell what might happen.”

McAdams responded, pointing out that Guaidó himself could soon become such a target for a provocation:

He [Guaidó] has been a kind of a hapless figure so far. He calls for mass protests and no one shows up. I don’t think he realizes right now that he is actually now worth more dead than alive not only to the CIA, but also to his own opposition people. A shot in the crowd or something like that to take Guaidó out. It might shock you, Dr. Paul, but the CIA is pretty good at this kind of things.”


 

Concerns about Guaidó being targeted by the U.S. in order to blame it on the Venezuelan government and justify intervention were also raised on Wednesday by Ajamu Baraka, former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party and national organizer for Black Alliance for Peace. Baraka took to Twitter, stating:

Watch out for a false-flag operation in Venezuela with a hit on Guaidó, whose value to CIA & U.S. state is fading by the minute now. With the release of Leopoldo Lopez (by unknown forces) the U.S. now has access to someone who is even more vicious and opportunist than Guaidó.”

As MintPress has previously reported, Leopoldo López was lauded in a leaked U.S. government cable citing “his enduring popularity, charisma and talent as an organizer” within the U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition. These characteristics are something that Guaidó is increasingly losing as his parallel government continues to fail to gain traction within Venezuela.

However, with López now hiding out in Spain’s Caracas embassy and a new warrant recently issued for his arrest by Venezuelan authorities, López’s ability to organize is limited, just as it was while he was under house arrest. López was originally placed under arrest in 2014 for his role in inciting violent protests that resulted in over 40 deaths and was moved from prison to house arrest in 2017. However, from the Spanish Embassy, López is better equipped to coordinate with the U.S. government — his greatest political patron — and to direct Guaidó, his political protege whose recent rise to power he directly oversaw.

Guaidó’s utility fading fast

With López still unable to directly maneuver in the streets, Guaidó’s continued freedom of movement may continue to make him a valuable asset to the current efforts to overthrow Venezuela’s Chavista-led government. However, with Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday’s failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.

Though it may seem extreme, the U.S. — and the CIA in particular — have turned on their assets in Latin America before, with former Panamanian dictator and long-time CIA asset Manuel Noriega being as good an example as any. Furthermore, the U.S. has often been led into wars by “false flag” provocations, such as the now infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to increased U.S. intervention in Vietnam. The CIA, together with the Pentagon, even made plans in the 1960s to conduct terror attacks on U.S. soil in order to justify military action against Cuba, showing that U.S. intelligence has even been willing to kill American citizens to justify military intervention abroad. There are numerous precedents from the CIA’s past that show that a plan that would see Guaidó become some sort of “false flag” martyr is hardly a far-fetched scenario.

In Guaidó’s case, National Security Adviser John Bolton — known for his marked tendency to favor military action over diplomacy — previously stated that Guaidó’s “safety must be guaranteed” and that “any threats or acts against his safe return will be met with a strong and significant response from the United States and the international community.”

It’s Bolton’s baby

Though reports have characterized President Trump as uninterested in a long-term military conflict (likely owing to concern it could harm his re-election prospects), Trump has also “given Bolton wide purview over Venezuela.” In recent months, Bolton has been pushing a reluctant Pentagon to draft war plans for Venezuela.

According to a recent report in the Washington Post:

As he has pushed for a more aggressive policy, Bolton has angered some within and outside the White House. Even before Tuesday’s events, his staff clashed with Gen. Paul Selva, [Pentagon Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph] Dunford’s vice chairman, during a meeting to address the ongoing Venezuelan crisis, according to several officials with knowledge of the exchange.

The soft-spoken Air Force general was giving an update last week on the Pentagon’s view and making the case against a risky escalation by the United States when Bolton aides, including Mauricio Claver-Carone, Western Hemisphere director at the National Security Council, repeatedly interrupted and asked for military options, according to the officials.”

The report then added:

A senior administration official said Bolton’s staff was dissatisfied with Selva, who they felt had not presented sufficient military options for Venezuela as expected. Selva, according to people familiar with the interaction, believed the confrontational style of Bolton’s staff was out of line.”

separate report in the New Yorker also noted that Bolton would have “extraordinary latitude” in the event of a crisis or conflict, given that Trump’s national security team currently lacks a permanent secretary of defense, a secretary of homeland security, and an ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition, following Tuesday’s failed coup, Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo told Fox Business on Wednesday:

The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent – military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do.”

Bolton, for his part, characterized Tuesday’s failed coup as the “last chance” for top Venezuelan military officials to support the U.S.-backed parallel government led by Guaidó. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan also stated on Wednesday that “all options,” including military options, were being considered for Venezuela.

If a point arises in the not-so-distant future where Guaidó’s lack of popularity and legitimacy conflict with U.S. plans for Venezuela, it seems increasingly likely that those in the U.S. pushing for war may see Guaidó as more useful to their intervention plans dead than alive.

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

  • I fully expect the USA to initiate military actions against Venezuela in the near future. Those in the rump administration have been laying the PR groundwork for this for some months now, and it is only a matter of time before they manufacture some plausible deniability to invade that country. It really doesn’t matter what opposing Democratic or Republicans may say about the situation: they will be ignored and minimized, just as Rep. Omar has been marginalized. The fascists hav the run of the country now, as shown by the toothless efforts of the Democrats to even get the AG Barr to testify or release the full Mueller Report.

    People of the USA, kiss your freedoms goodbye. YOU are next!

  • mwildfire

    I’m not so sure, for two reasons. One is that some Trumpets, including Bolton, have a big hard-on to attack Iran–I doubt they’d be crazy enough to try to do both. Another is the signalling by Russia and China that they are ready to protect Venezuela (although what’s going on behind the scenes is hard to tell–perhaps negotiations in which the US is awarded the western hemisphere in exchange for letting China control Asia…) I don’t think even this lot are crazy enough to want to start a war with Russia (that was Ms Clinton’s big ambition, apparently).

  • The support by Russia and China are the only thing keeping the US from initiating direct, overt military action against Venezuela.

    Instead, the US will continue to strangle the Maduro government using it’s proxy influence over the IMF, the World Bank, and other economic sanctions.

    It’s an effective blockade of a castle, reminiscent of Santa Anna’s assault on the Alamo. The people of the USA remain blissfully ignorant about the war crimes of their elected leaders and the lie that is their belief that the USA is a wonderful bastion of Freedom and Light. In fact, the USA people are responsible for and will be quite content to watch the population of Venezuela starve to death in the promotion of the Great Lie of The Empire of the USA.

  • kevinzeese

    Russia and China are important but Venezuela is ready to defend itself. It has a military of 200,000, National Guard and police, and, perhaps most importantly, a civilian militia of 2 million armed and trained. Since Trump began talking about a military attack in 2017, Venezuela has been preparing for war while seeking dialogue. In addition, Venezuela has put in pace an anti-missile defense system.

    Venezuela is bigger than Iran. It is trees and mountains, not deserts. The US would not have air domination or ground domination. This would be a war the US would lose. Its allies and Colombia and Brazil are opposed to going to war. They realize it would be destructive to the region, including their countries, and one that Venezuela would likely win.

    A war against Venezuela would be another mistake by the US empire. It would be a costly quagmire that would show the US can no longer dominate Latin American countries. The Pentagon is trying to tell Bolton this reality, we should all hope the White House listens and realize Bolton-Abrams-Pompeo have sent the US down the wrong path in Venezuela.

  • David Bedford

    Russia should put a military base in Venezuela just to irritate America, America has at least 800 bases around the world so they would not be able to condemn this without looking like total hypocrites are

  • Doña Susy

    Down with the Bolton-Abrams-Pompeo regime!

  • D Turgeon

    Venezuela also has advanced Russian jet fighters which are in no way inferior to their US counterparts. Combined with the Russian ground-to-air batteries protecting Venezuela’s airfields, in the event of a military conflict the US would be denied the air superiority it counts and depends upon. No wonder the US airforce is hesitant to offer a military option. Venezuela is no Iraq or Libya.

  • All true and detailed support for my more generalized comment.

  • Sh!t-can that BS about Clinton wanting to start a war against Russia. That just shows how much you’ve been swallowing the swill propaganda of the TwoPartyCon™. Any pro “Military-Empire” politician is a shill.

  • mwildfire

    ??? What are you saying, Hermit Crab? It’s propaganda that Clinton is/was a warmonger and appeared to be intent on Russia? But you also mention the “two party con” and say imperialist politicians are shills. I don’t get what you’re saying here.

  • That’s pretty much what I just said. But that It’s all a bunch of PR lies designed to keep us little people fighting against one another. The Russia stuff is bad, but not nearly as bad as the GOP’s “completely legal” manipulations of the EC and the Democratic Party’s ineptitude at fighting against the corporate plans for the country, hence, the TwoPartyCon. Our political system is pretty much trashed these days, mostly because the voters are too stupid to get out and fight for their own democracy.

  • A dead Guano is worth more than a live one, with any luck he will be reading this or the other articles where this is has been mentioned of late [MOA] and return to appreciate the little things in life.

  • I’m under the impression that the freedoms of which you speak been gone a long time already, the problem has always been the illusion that they, like the idea about ”Democracy” that they existed in the first place.

  • They don’t need to and they still scare the hell out of the cowardly Neocons (^^,)

  • AmounRah ✔️ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    DAMN!!!
    I called the assassination (should have printed and laminated it, damn it) but I kinda thought they would spin this against Russia AND Maduro.
    Who knows, maybe I’ll till be right….

  • Saint Jimmy (Russian American)

    I’m sure the possibility has occurred to even him. His best option might be to surrender to authorities and spend time under arrest in seclusion somewhere.

  • Saint Jimmy (Russian American)

    BOTH parties are owned by multi-national corporations, Israel, and the Saudis. There is no choice.