As the dirty war against the Venezuelan people unfolds at a swift and ruthless pace, the best accounts and analysis are not available in English. The report below is an example of critical information that we need today. I am confident that readers can both understand what is said and make allowances for the fact this is run through a translator.
Senator McCain (front) along with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (back), leader of the Islamic State
Senator McCain in Tripoli with Abduhakim Belhadj, leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (Al Qaeda – Daesh)
This new sanctions bill would include, according to the 27-page document, the sending of 10 million dollars in “humanitarian aid,” a demand from the State Department to articulate diplomatic interventions against Venezuela from regional authorities and request information from Intelligence to extend sanctions against key Venezuelan state officials.
This “humanitarian aid” has all the appearance of being the legal cover to strengthen funding for NGOs and opposition political parties that deploy their strategy of delegitimizing the state. It is not surprising to try to give a disinterested character to this financing under a humanitarian figure, as was done in the Syrian case with the “moderate rebels” (terrorists) who “fought for freedom and democratic values.”
The text quoted by Reuters requires President Donald Trump to “take all necessary steps to prevent Russia’s state oil company Rosneft from gaining control of any US energy infrastructure,” owing to a loan made to PDVSA through the collateral security of Citgo shares , A US subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company.
Senators John McCain, Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin are the leaders of this new project. Although Rubio and Cardin have been involved in the execution of previous sanctions, and even received opposition politicians in Washington to coordinate actions, it certainly highlights the case of John McCain.
In 2014 publicly acknowledged before the Fox chain that the “Syrian rebels” with whom he had met to coordinate actions for the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, had links with the Islamic State. According to analyst Thierry Meyssan , McCain was not only a key operator of Arab “springs” in the Middle East, but also coordinated delivery of arms to allied terrorists (the so-called “rebels”) in Syria from Lebanon, among other actions of war.
What he said in 2014 had a much darker graphic reality: McCain met publicly with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, founder of the Islamic State. They are seen together in the photo that serves as cover for this article.
This is in parallel with the latest statements by Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, regarding Venezuela , where he said he is working with his European allies to interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs. He also stressed that the Trump Administration still has no defined strategy for Latin America.
This draft sanctions comes a day after Luis Almagro met with Marco Rubio and Jeff Duncan to evaluate diplomatic efforts against Venezuela from the OAS.
Marco Rubio has been a promoter of sanctions against Venezuela in the recent past and has established direct links with the radical wing of the Venezuelan opposition, directed mainly by Popular Will. Who also did the necessary lobbying for the iconic photo of Lilian Tintoti with Donald Trump.
For his part Jeff Duncan has commented that the relations of Pdvsa and Rosneft mean for the US a national security problem, given the importance of Citgo in the refining and gasoline supply activities.
Yesterday, the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Fitzpatrick, had already threatened that the country could be subject to new sanctions in the face of a National Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro.
The State Department bureaucrat said they are working in coordination with the OAS and Luis Almagro to establish a regional strategy to address the Venezuelan issue, which means not only an increase in international pressure but also the possibility of more aggressive sanctions against the country.
Yesterday Russia and Iran, today Venezuela
Yesterday (2 May) the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee began efforts to extend sanctions against Russia for its alleged meddling in Ukraine, Syria and the US presidential elections of 2016.
The end of these sanctions, according to the Chairman of the Committee Bob Corker (also a nideo of operators of the sanctions against Venezuela), is to put back to Russia in Europe.
The same committee, in parallel, works on new sanctions against Iran.
The acceleration and simultaneity of these resources of international pressure applied against countries of the same alternative axis of global power (Venezuela, Iran, Russia), shows the geopolitical centrality that the Venezuelan conflict is currently acquiring.
The struggle brought to the geopolitical terrain by the corporations that govern the United States has as its critical focus the -urgent- need to contain its global and regional adversaries, within a framework of deep dispute for the natural resources and strategic zones that will define in the The new equilibria and centers of gravity of world politics.
The United States seeks to maintain its superpower status.
The objective of sanctions against Venezuela and political timing
The pulse of sanctions against Venezuela is political. Although their tactical objectives (isolation, international siege, judicial persecution and psychological intimidation against the Government) remain more or less unchanged, their implementation times correspond to the internal political dynamics.
The first sanctions executed in 2014 and the Obama Decree issued in 2015 had within their objectives to give external support and political vitality to their local operators in Venezuela, in a context in which the violent plans that they had headed have diminished in intensity. The Venezuelan government had managed to impose the policy on violence.
In a similar context, the National Constituent Assembly enshrines this national quest to impose dialogue scenarios above the war scenarios. Again these sanctions stem from the need that the former does not eclipse the other. What must be understood as a new push to internal violence under the international coverage granted by Luis Almagro from the OAS.
This external support maneuver is contained in the Pentagon’s Unconventional War manuals (specifically FM 3-05.201 , leaked in 2009). The United States government (taking into account the experiences of Vietnam and Nicaragua) can support internal insurrectionary movements in different ways. The manual states that the forms of “external support” are centered on moral recognition (projecting insurgents as fair and admirable), actively promoting their strategic objectives in international forums, and providing funding or logistical resources.
This new sanctions project joins the progressive aggressions of the United States against Venezuela, including the renewal of the Obama Decree, calls to apply the Democratic Charter of the OAS and the sanctions of the Department of the Treasury against the Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, on accusations with no legal basis on drug trafficking offenses.