Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis. National Assembly leader Guaido told AFP he would do "everything that is necessary ... to save human lives," acknowledging that US intervention is "a very controversial subject."



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So, in a nutshell, a foreign politician suggests authorizing an illegal and unconstitutional intervention by the American military in order to save the constitution of a country he wasn't even elected to lead in the first place.

Meanwhile a state of emergency may be delared in order to put up razor wire along 3 story conrete walls to keep Mexican children from jumping the border and compromising our national integrity.

Got it.

#1 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-09 03:00 PM | Reply

Of course he isn't going to take it off the table, it is the biggest bargaining chip he has.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-09 03:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Alleviate a humanitarian crisis"

Interventionist propaganda

#3 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-09 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sometimes I wonder if any United States "interest" in Venezuela is due to something along these lines...

Have the Russian Military Aircrafts in Venezuela Breached the Door to 'America's Backyard'?

...At an international media conference last December 12 in Caracas Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro referred emphatically to knowledge, that his government had acquired through its intelligence services, of preparations to destabilize Venezuela.

That in itself is major news but it is noticeable that his denunciation comes only two days after the well-publicized landing of Russian military aircrafts at Venezuela's international Simon Bolivar airport of Maiquetía as part of Russia-Venezuela joint military exercises and training. This is not the first occurrence of military cooperation between Russia and Venezuela but this seems to be the first time such news has had enough impact on Washington to prompt a strong and undiplomatic reaction from the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo who referred to the two countries as "two corrupt governments squandering public fund" in a tweet.

Is Russia putting a major gaping hole into "America's backyard" with the help of Venezuela? It appears to be so, and certainly Venezuela is quite a wide door in geopolitical terms capable of countering the political reversals of some countries in the region surrendering to neoliberal ideology....

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-09 04:41 PM | Reply

Is Russia putting a major gaping hole into "America's backyard" with the help of Venezuela?

Yes, Russians and Chinese are claiming the country has no sovereignty, given the loans ....

But don't fret Lamplighter, I hear the 80's called and wanted their foreign policy back.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-10 12:08 PM | Reply

@#5 ... But don't fret Lamplighter ...

It seems that Sec of State Pompeo is the one who is fretting, not I. ;)

Maybe you should ponder why he might be fretting....

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-10 12:14 PM | Reply

Educated at George Washington University in DC, Guaidó was virtually unknown in his native Venezuela before being thrust onto the world stage. In a poll conducted a week before Guaidó appointed himself president of the country, 81% of Venezuelans had never even heard of the 35-year-old.

The Guaidó/Trump cabal's legitimacy is based on the bogus argument that Article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution gives the National Assembly the power to declare a national president's "abandonment" of the office. In that case, the president of the National Assembly serves as an interim president, until new elections are held. The inconvenient truth is that Maduro has not abandoned his post.

Adjudicating the validity of that election is supposed to be dealt with through court challenges, not by turning to Donald Trump for his approval. And certainly not by anointing an individual from a party that could have run in the 2018 election but chose to boycott.

The Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ certified Maduro's reelection, as have independent international observers. No appeal was filed by any of the boycotting parties, who signed off on the results. Venezuelan law has the Vice President succeed a deposed President, which is how Maduro succeeded Chavez when Chavez died. He called elections within 30 days of Chavez's death and won re-election, twice now.

Juan Guaidó doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on. A coup is a coup.


#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-10 12:47 PM | Reply

The irony here is that when someone like Guaido, who for all intents and purposes is Venezuela's "Speaker of the House", claims that the election was a fraud and that he can come in and take away the presidency, Trump approves.

As time goes by it becomes clearer that Trump is president fraudulently because of the intervention of Putin, and numerous other illegalities. So doesn't Trump's approval of Guaido serve as validation for the elevation of Pelosi to become President?

Just asking for 65 million friends.

#8 | Posted by prius04 at 2019-02-10 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#8 ... The irony here ...

Someone finally picked up on that.

Congratulations. :)

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-10 01:13 PM | Reply

If Trump's election was fraudulent, as many US elections are, Pence must go to. Russian interference has been or will be established. But, the problem is how does one quantify Russian impact in a country drowning in BS? Fact is Russia is a smaller voice than Republicans, Democrats, Cambridge Analytica or Brad Pascal.

Right now I find myself working with four people staunchly loyal to Trump, as was my former next door neighbor in Florida. The logical disconnect is staggering but undeniable. There is no good ending to Trump's Presidency.

#10 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-10 02:04 PM | Reply

Juan Guaidó doesn't have a constitutional leg to stand on.

Perhaps he does.

Guaidó, Not Maduro, Is the De Jure President of Venezuela www.lawfareblog.com

#11 | Posted by et_al at 2019-02-10 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's a lot of legal talk, about another country whose oil reserves we crave. Coincidence? I think not. We've even legally justified torture when it suited the criminals in charge. Not unlike the behavior of Kings of our past who went to great lengths to justify legally the most selfish inhumane behaviors imaginable. That is the general rule in human history.

#12 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-11 12:23 AM | Reply

Said like a true brainwashed Leftist. You should probably speak for yourself.

#13 | Posted by JordyPete at 2019-02-11 09:53 AM | Reply

"Said like a true brainwashed Leftist.""

In other words, you are too wooden-headed too understand when you are gifted brand new kneepads so your tonsils can be trolled by your sycophant craving master.

#14 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-11 10:31 AM | Reply

As Maduro Digs In, His Aides Hunt for an Emergency Escape Route

...Nicolas Maduro is under pressure at home and abroad, and being encouraged by the U.S. to go to "a nice beach somewhere far from Venezuela." The question is where would -- or could -- he go?...

Some unsurprising destinations are being discussed, including Cuba, Russia and Turkey. In Cuba, the communist government of Miguel Diaz-Canel is an ideological ally to Maduro's Bolivarian republic.

Some conversations have also taken place about the possibility of him going to Mexico, two of the people said, asking not to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is one of a handful of Latin American leaders not to have recognized Guaido, the National Assembly leader, as Venezuela's rightful president. Maduro attended Lopez Obrador's inauguration in December....

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-11 12:51 PM | Reply

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