by Stephen Lendman
Trump regime war on Venezuela by other means failed, continuing what hasn’t worked a sign of desperation. More on this below.
Washington’s permanent war agenda is waged to achieve global dominance. It’s also to enrich the nation’s military/industrial/security complex, including Wall Street and other corporate interests.
The US hasn’t won a war since WW II in the Pacific. Soviet Russian forces bore the brunt of defeating the scourge of Nazism.
Russian Federation super-weapons way outclass US and other Western ones, developed and produced at a small fraction of the cost.
The US national debt exceeds $22 trillion. David Stockman estimates the great GOP tax cut heist will increase the federal debt to around $35 trillion by 2028, lawmakers and the executive heading the nation for bankruptcy.
The growing wealth disparity between America’s super-rich and poor is greatest since robber barons ran the nation in the late 19th/early 20th century - profiting from grand theft and exploitation, greatly aided by regulatory freedom and government handouts.
According to the Economics Collapse Blog, the US “is a global leader in sexual depravity,” one of many signs of its decadence, degeneracy, and debauchery.
Tens of thousands of Americans die from gun violence, opioid overdoses, and suicides annually.
Among Americans aged 15 - 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Since 2000, the rate increased by over one-third.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, around one-third of Americans have sexually-transmitted diseases, about 20 million new ones diagnosed annually.
About one-third of US children live in one-parent households. The US global gulag prison system is by far the world’s largest, much greater than China’s with four times the US population.
Two-thirds of US prison inmates are people of color, mostly Blacks, the vast majority too poor to afford an adequate defense, many unjustly convicted, most imprisoned for nonviolent minor offenses, including illicit drug possession.
By age-18, the average US child has seen about 40,000 murders on television. Many video games are violent. America’s culture of violence mostly harms the nation’s most disadvantaged, mainly poor people of color.
Millions of Americans rely on antidepressants, overusing them and other drugs. Promoting them to unknowledgeable consumers on television contributes to overuse and overdosing.
Homelessness and hunger in America are major largely unaddressed issues. Most Americans rely on social media and television for news, getting mind manipulating rubbish instead.
Americans have nearly half a billion credit cards, using them to go deeply into debt, millions “seriously delinquent.”
Nearly a third of Internet activity is on adult websites. Social media users number over three billion worldwide. Mobile phone users number over five billion.
According to the Pentagon, over 70% of young adults are ineligible for military service because of low intelligence, overweight, or have criminal backgrounds.
The US is a nation in decline. Despite countless trillions of dollars spent on militarism and weapons development, Russia is strategically superior.
The Russian Federation, China, and other nations are rising, America declining politically, economically, financially and militarily.
Discretionary spending on US militarism, war-making, corporate welfare, and police state harshness come at the expense of eroding public services.
Poverty is the leading growth industry in the world’s richest country. Permanently at war on humanity at home and abroad, it operates like a junkie unable to kick the habit, a nation in decline because of its imperial arrogance, hubris, ruinous military spending, and unwillingness to change what’s self-destructive.
The nation I grew up in no longer exists, replaced by an out-of-control, bipartisan supported, imperial state, demanding all nations subordinate their sovereignty to US interests, smashing resisters, Venezuela in the center of the storm.
Late Tuesday, Caracas and other parts of the country went dark, following another US-orchestrated sabotage attack.
In response to repeated blackouts, Maduro announced the creation of an electrical power headquarters to counter sabotage attacks on the nation’s power grid.
He blamed incidents mainly on “electromagnetic attacks” on electricity power transmission lines.
According to Bolivarian Libertador Municipality Mayor Erika Farias Pena, “electric service has been partially restored in our 22 parishes. We continue working for the total recovery.”
Hospitals are functioning normally on generator power. Work is ongoing to restore power to affected areas.
Venezuelans are resilient. Most want the nation’s social democracy preserved and protected, aware of US responsibility for blackouts, blaming the Trump regime for hardships from sanctions war.
Guaido is widely reviled for complicity with its coup plot, serving as its designated puppet front man.
According to observers on the ground, turnout for his addresses are increasingly smaller, Maduro drawing large crowds when speaking in public.
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