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Rubio’s Gloating Betrays US Sabotage in Venezuela Power Blitz

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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

US imperialists are so desperate in their regime-change predations over Venezuela, they seem to have a problem controlling their drooling mouths.

The latest orgy of American gloating was triggered by the massive power outages to have hit Venezuela. No sooner had the South American country been blacked out from its power grid collapsing, senior US officials were crowing with perverse relish.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio – who has become a point man for the Trump administration in its regime-change campaign in Venezuela – was a little too celebratory. Within minutes of the nationwide power outage last Thursday, Rubio was having verbal orgasms about the “long-term economic damage”… “in the blink of an eye”. But it was his disclosure concerning the precise damage in the power grid that has led the Venezuelan government to accuse the US of carrying out a sabotage.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez noted how Rubio, in his tweeted comments “three minutes” after the power outage, mentioned failure of “back-up generators” in Venezuela’s main hydroelectric plant, known as the Guri Dam, located in Bolivar State. The dam supplies some 80 per cent of the Venezuelan population of 31 million with its electricity consumption.

Rodriguez mockingly ascribed “mystic skills” to Rubio because the Florida Republican senator appeared to know the precise nature of the power failure even before the Venezuelan authorities had determined it.

The Venezuelan government has since claimed that the failure in the electric grid was caused by a cyber attack on the computer system controlling the Guri Dam turbines. Caracas said it will present proof of its claims to the United Nations.

Apart from Rubio’s apparent insider information, there are several other indicators that Venezuela’s latest turmoil from power blackout was indeed caused by US sabotage, and specifically a cyber attack.

The South American country has experienced recurring power cuts over recent years due to economic problems and Washington’s sanctions. But the latest outage was widespread – at least 70 per cent of the country – and sustained for more than four days, rather than being rectified within hours. That scale of disruption suggests an unprecedented event, way beyond intermittent problems of maintenance.

The duration of the blackout in the capital Caracas and other major cities also indicates that the nature of the problem was difficult to reverse, which would be consistent with a cyber attack on the power grid. “It was a kill-shot,” says American political analyst Randy Martin.

Furthermore, US officials like President Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton as well as “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams have been warning that Washington is seeking new ways to pile pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to stand down.

Abrams was caught out last week in a prank phone call made by two Russian entertainers posing as Swiss President Ueli Maurer in which Abrams openly advocated crushing the Venezuelan banking system in order to topple the government in Caracas. The American envoy, who was convicted over the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s for sponsoring terrorism to sabotage Nicaragua, appeared to balk at using overt US military power against Venezuela. That suggests Washington was persuaded on the efficacy of cyber warfare to inflict social chaos and incite popular anger against the Maduro government.

The immediate reaction by Washington officials and the US-backed political opposition in Venezuela was to blame the Maduro government for the power disorder. The failure was flagged up as a sign of “incompetence” and “mismanagement” of the oil-rich country by the socialist administration. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the rightful president with Washington’s blessing, conveyed the logic of blackmail when he declared, “the lights will come back on when usurper Maduro is gone”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighed in with repulsive gloating within hours of Venezuela’s power crisis. Pompeo tweeted: “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.”

The delight openly displayed by Washington officials in regard to aggression against Venezuela has broken new ground in terms of the brazenness of US imperialism.

Only a few weeks ago, Bolton announced that the objective for seeking regime change in Venezuela against the elected President Nicolas Maduro was for US corporations to seize the South American state’s vast oil wealth – reckoned to be the largest known reserves on the planet, far exceeding those of Saudi Arabia.

Such is Washington’s unbridled lust for Venezuela’s natural resources that its imperialist advocates are falling over themselves with naked lies and crimes.

When a US Trojan Horse aid convoy was blocked from entering into Venezuela from Colombia last month, American politicians and media immediately blamed the Maduro government for sabotaging the effort. An aid truck was set alight on a border crossing on February 23. US Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Rubio, as well as CNN, condemned the Venezuelan authorities for “callous” destruction of vital aid delivery to its long-suffering people. It turns out, as even the New York Times has now admitted three weeks later, that the aid truck was torched by US-backed opposition supporters on the Colombian side of the border.

The obscenity of American imperialism is that it has inflicted huge social misery in Venezuela from years of sanctions and illegal confiscation (theft) of billions of dollars in assets belonging to the nation. Then it has the audacity to mount a charade seeming to deliver humanitarian aid.

The latest twist to this sadistic game played by Washington is turning the lights off across the entire nation, in homes, hospitals, airports and schools, among other essential services, and attempting to lay the blame on the Venezuelan government.

We may, however, be thankful for Washington’s overweening arrogance and criminality. Because, as Marco Rubio’s rash remarks concerning the latest power outage show, the American gangsterism towards Venezuela is being exposed for the naked aggression that it is.

US-based political analyst Randy Martin, in comments for this column, says that what Washington is doing to Venezuela is tantamount to the “rape of democracy”. “American imperialism has no longer any shame,” he said. “It used to rape countries under the cover a seedy alleyway of false excuses and hollow claims of righteousness. Now it has its trousers around its ankles and trying to rape Venezuela right on the global Main Street.”


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
March 14, 2019

It seems quite likely that the Trump administration has thrown off the cloak of hypocrisy and pretence which previous Washington administrations did their best to maintain.

It has thrown down an open challenge to the rest of the world: “We are the bosses. What we say goes. If you disobey or criticize us, you will be destroyed. As for laws and treaties, we care nothing for them”.

The question is whether the rest of the world has the guts to do anything about it.

Reply to  Tom Welsh
March 14, 2019

I believe you’re absolutely correct in your assertion but also think this behaviour by USA will ultimately bring about it’s downfall. From what I can tell, pretty much all of the rest of the world has had enough of USA, it’s unlawful actions and diktats towards other country’s including so called allies.

Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
March 14, 2019

As shown in this plan, a major U.S. think tank has provided Washington with a perfect plan to overthrow the Maduro government:

It does help to at least have some sort of plan for re-engineering Venezuela, a nation that has a long track record of ignoring Washington.

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
March 15, 2019

What a perfect summing up of the Bandits , “Now it has its trousers around its ankles and trying to rape Venezuela right on the global Main street.” Yes , they dont seem to care now about what the rest of the world thinks about them , if youre not for us , you must be against us mentality ! I am looking forward to the days when they have to eat those words , because that`s all they will have to eat !!Arrogance can be a pig headed monster !!

Anne felipe
Anne felipe
March 15, 2019

The countries that side with the US and against maduro should be cautious because they may be the next on trump/boltons list for regime change. As they say- what goes around comes around.

Olivia Kroth
March 15, 2019

Dear Duran Editors, could you please stop bringing one US article after the other on Venezuela? The US point of view is certainly not the only one, and it is not in the least relevant, globally.

There are good Russian articles, for example by TASS, then there is IRAN’s PRESS TV. Last but not least, there is Latin American TELESUR in English. I find this US-centeredness of THE DURAN sickening.

One editor lives in London, the other in Cyprus. Why do you need to hash out only US news or analysis?

March 15, 2019

Stop the B…S… Trump and get rid of that p…k Rubio!! I am getting sick of you even though I voted for you and your killings in Yemen and Syria and now Venezuela. You want us to be proud to be American but all your B…S… is making me ashamed and you and your cronies Bolton and Abrams and Pompeo are criminals.

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