by Stephen Lendman
Maduro’s support grew in response to Trump regime efforts to topple him, especially since imposter Guaido self-declared himself interim president in January, an unconstitutional act with no legitimacy.
After over four months of failure, his popularity largely confined to well-off Venezuelans and business interests, is greatly diminished — numbers turning out to hear his addresses much smaller than earlier.
According to former CIA expert on Latin American affairs Fulton Armstrong, Trump regime officials “are so desperate for a win—and with so much testosterone in their veins, (they may) do something really stupid” — like attacking the country militarily, assuring endless guerrilla war if they go this far.
Millions of ordinary Venezuelans want US hands off their country, wanting its Bolivarian democracy preserved and protected.
Everything Trump regime hardliners threw at Maduro failed. Believing he could be toppled swiftly and easily by getting support from Venezuela’s military and most of its people was foolhardy thinking.
Following the April 30 plot foiled in hours, Trump expressed frustration over months of failure. According to the neocon/CIA house organ Washington Post, he “complain(ed) (about being) misled (on) how easy it would be to replace” Maduro.
Pompeo and especially Bolton deceived him into thinking Maduro could be easily removed. Days earlier, he said his national security advisor pushed him to attack Venezuela militarily, according to WaPo, adding:
He’s upset about “Bolton and others underestimat(ing) Maduro(’s)” resilience, according to unnamed regime officials.
Guaido’s consistent failures revealed his ineptness. The same goes for henchmen surrounding him.
On Friday, Reuters reported that “Brazil snub(bed) (his) representative to the Bolsonaro regime — “withdr(awing) an invitation…to present her (so-called) diplomatic credentials,” deferring to “later whether to accept them,” adding:
“Diplomatic analysts said mounting evidence that a change of government in Venezuela is not imminent may have Bolsonaro and his aides wondering if they overplayed their support for Guaido.”
Military officials in his cabinet are wary of provoking confrontation with Maduro, fearful of the political and economic fallout, as well as violence along the border between both countries.
Frustrated, Guaido’s representative said she “was uninvited,” adding: “There will be another opportunity.”
Brazilian media reported that former military aides to the country’s ruling authorities want to pursue dialogue with Maduro, a hopeful sign.
Bolsonaro hasn’t revoked the credentials of Maduro’s envoy to Brasilia. After months of closure, border crossings between both countries were reopened.
According to Brazilian diplomat Paulo Roberto de Almeida, “(r)ecognition of Guaido’s envoy was never agreed to by the military, who vetoed the idea of a US base in Brazil from day one.”
After months of failure, Guaido’s star is fading, his days as designated puppet/usurper in waiting may be numbered.
Instead of gaining support to topple Maduro, he steadily lost it. After the failed April 30 coup plot, the LA Times headlined: “In Venezuela, US-Guaido strategy flops again: Is this working?” Clearly not!
The hawkish Wall Street Journal is wary of attacking Venezuela militarily, headlining Thursday: “Invasion Is Unwise as Venezuela Isn’t Grenada.”
Washington Office on Latin America senior fellow David Smilde earlier said “(a) military strike against Venezuela would be folly,” adding:
“Venezuelan leaders have also been preparing for ‘asymmetrical’ warfare for more than a decade. And there is no chance that countries in the region would participate in an effort to topple Mr. Maduro.”
Weeks earlier, WaPo said the opposition’s plan to topple Maduro “f(ell) apart,” Trump “show(ing) little willingness to plunge into Venezuela” militarily, adding:
“Two advisers who have discussed Venezuela with him said (he’s) unlikely to authorize any sort of long-term military action there.”
Trump regime war on Venezuela by other means continues. Its plot to topple Maduro is defined by failure.
Sacking Pompeo, Bolton, and Abrams would be a giant step toward not launching new wars despite no signs of ending ongoing ones.
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