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First Venezuela, now Nicaragua? Bolton says Ortega’s days ‘numbered’ & people ‘will soon be free’

Via RT…


US President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy advisor John Bolton appears dead set on resuming his decades-long stand-off with Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, hinting that Washington-backed regime change may be in the offing.

“The Ortega regime has sentenced three farm leaders to 550 years in prison for their roles in protests in 2018, where Ortega’s police forces reportedly killed 300 activists. As President Trump said Monday, Ortega’s days are numbered and the Nicaraguan people will soon be free,” the national security advisor to the US president tweeted on Wednesday.

The leaders of anti-Ortega protests were given jail terms this week, after they were implicated in the deaths of four policemen and a teacher during a shootout last July.

The Central American nation has been rocked by unrest since April last year, with protesters demanding the resignation of Sandinista party leader Ortega, who has been president since 2007, and convincingly won another five-year term in 2016.

The US has repeatedly backed the uprising against the left-wing government, and last November Bolton made a keynote speech calling for the “crumbling” of what he called the “Troika of Tyranny” – Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba – saying the states represented a “a sordid cradle of communism in the Western hemisphere.”

On Monday, Trump name-checked the same three countries, saying their “great potential” would be unlocked with the collapse of socialism. To expedite the process, Congress last year imposed financial measures that would make it difficult for the economically-stricken Nicaragua to obtain international loans, as well as slapping sanctions on top officials in Managua.

Revenge served ice-cold

Bolton’s history with Ortega goes back to the 1980s. Just as now, Ortega was the leader of Nicaragua, first as he spearheaded the revolution in 1979, and when he was elected president in 1985.

The Ronald Reagan administration spent significant financial resources backing the right-wing Contra rebels during the civil war, which lasted nearly the entire decade.

Bolton, at that time a legal specialist, held a number of senior positions in the Reagan White House, and was more than a witness to its shadowy CIA-aided schemes to bypass a Democrat-run Congress ban on helping the opposition militants.

He reportedly played a crucial part in hobbling both the scope of the Iran-Contra investigation and an inquiry into drug- and gun-running militants, who were enabled by Washington.

 

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After he returned to prominence under George W. Bush in yet another chapter of an unsinkable career, Bolton failed to dislodge Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the Sandinistas, or Cuba’s Fidel Castro (at one point, he accused Havana of developing biological weapons, without solid evidence). But as a man who with permission from Donald Trump now seems to be steering US foreign policy on dozens of key issues, Bolton has more resources than ever before to settle his lifelong ideological grudges.

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Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
February 21, 2019

Here is an interesting but little discussed look at John Bolton’s solution for the Middle East:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/02/john-boltons-three-state-middle-east.html

For a man who did whatever he could to avoid fighting in a war in the early 1970s, he certainly seems to love the concept, proving that he is one of the most dangerous characters in Washington.

Regula
Regula
February 21, 2019

Bolton forgets that his days are numbered too and he may in fact be gone before Ortega or Maduro! Trump is increasingly less likely of winning a second term. The Democrats have some decent candidates and without Clinton falsifying the primary vote and then losing, there is a good chance that either Sanders or Gabbard – both democratic socialists – will be elected. With American standing in the world at its lowest, the US business community at odds with Trumps tariff and sanctions war on the world, and Bolton and Pompeo increasingly despised and hated for the hostile and destructive… Read more »

Cudwieser
Cudwieser
Reply to  Regula
February 22, 2019

But you need to factor in that American Socialism and Globalism are one and the same and regime change is as probable under the democrats as the republicans. Trump is a figure head who, for better or worse, refuses to accept that when he’s gone, his cabinet don’t go with him.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
February 21, 2019

I’ve just come back from three weeks in Nicaragua and met many fellow travellers from North America and Europe who had been travelling throughout Nicaragua. It is clear from their experiences as well as from my own, and from the many conversations I had with Nicaraguans. that the US and its gang of coerced countries have been lying to us about Nicaragua. The US is telling its citizens not to travel to Nicaragua because they will be “supporting the regime” if they do so. Well, I guess supporting Nicaragua is preferable to staying home and working to support the US… Read more »

Darryl Secret
Darryl Secret
February 21, 2019

The Failed U$A cannot achieve victory in Venezuela, so it goes after an even smaller nation: Nicaragua! Failure will happen again even there.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Darryl Secret
February 22, 2019

There’s a good chance it already has failed. The US/CIA-backed groups fighting the Sandanistas in the Contra War also failed. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50158.htm

Olivia Kroth
February 22, 2019

Maduro: World will side with Venezuela should US ‘empire’ invade World February 20, 12:04 UTC+3 The nation’s leader stressed that Venezuela had found itself in the epicenter of a political standoff CARACAS, February 20. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that he was confident that countries across the world would support the Bolivarian Republic in the event of a US regime military invasion. “If Venezuela is attacked by the US regime, the peoples of the world will rise up and begin fighting it together,” he said addressing medical university graduates on Tuesday. Maduro’s speech was broadcast live over his… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 23, 2019

TASS reports: Caracas and Washington in talks on status of US regime diplomats — Venezuelan foreign minister World February 23, 5:20 UTC+3 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier demanded that US regime diplomats leave the country since the deadline expires next week UNITED NATIONS, February 23. /TASS/. The Venezuelan Government and the US regime are still in talks on the status of US regime diplomats who currently remain in the Latin American country, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told a press conference on Friday. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier demanded that US regime diplomats leave the country since the deadline expires… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 23, 2019

TASS reports: Russia ready to address UNSC if US regime stages provocation against Venezuela — envoy World February 23, 3:24 UTC+3 Russia’s Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that a group of countries came together at the UN to support Venezuela’s legitimate authorities and to defend international law UNITED NATIONS, February 23. /TASS/. Moscow is ready to address the UN Security Council in case of an aggression against Venezuela by the US regime during humanitarian aid delivery on February 23, Russia’s Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told TASS on Friday. “I hope that we will have no reason… Read more »

Platon
Platon
February 23, 2019

free=dead

Platon
Platon
February 23, 2019

Allow me to translate Yosemite Sam’s (Bolton’s) Newspeak:
“Free” = “Dead”.

George A. Wrigley jr
George A. Wrigley jr
February 23, 2019

Beware any time the US promises to free people. The US liberated Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and attempted to liberate Syria. Now they want to liberate Venezuela and Nicaragua. Every country the US ever liberates turns into a destroyed US vassal state.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  George A. Wrigley jr
February 24, 2019

TASS REPORTS: Venezuela severs diplomatic ties with Colombia — President Maduro World February 23, 22:45 UTC+3 The Venezuelan leader announced this during the rally of his supporters CARACAS, February 23. /TASS/. Venezuela severs diplomatic relations with Colombia, the country’s President Nicolas Maduro told a rally of his supporters in the capital Caracas on Saturday. “We are severing diplomatic relations with Colombia,” the Venezuelan leader said during the event, broadcast live on his Twitter page. The announcement was made as President Maduro appeared at a gathering of his supporters on Saturday in Caracas. During the rally, the Venezuelan leader announced that… Read more »

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