Nearly 17 years later, and the Trump administration is still dealing with the fallout of George W. Bush’s charge to depose Saddam Hussein. And they are still dealing with it, and most other ongoing crises, with a familiar cast of people. The key difference: President Donald Trump has not made his position „eminently clear“ and instead has left foreign policy to be loosely squabbled over by a handful of career Republican hawks.
(21. April 2002)
The Bush administration has tried to distance itself from the coup. It immediately endorsed the new government under businessman Pedro Carmona. But the coup was sent dramatically into reverse after 48 hours.
Now officials at the Organisation of American States and other diplomatic sources, talking to The Observer, assert that the US administration was not only aware the coup was about to take place, but had sanctioned it, presuming it to be destined for success.
The Venezuelan coup d’état attempt of 2002 was a failed coup d’état on 11 April 2002 that saw President Hugo Chávez ousted from office for 47 hours before being restored to power. Chávez, who had been elected in 2000, was aided in his return to power by overwhelming popular support and mobilization against the coup and assistance of loyalists in the military.[unreliable source?]
The situation began on 9 April, when a general strike was called by the trade union organization „National Federation of Trade Unions“, Confederación de Trabajadores de Venezuela (CTV). The proposed strike was in response to Chávez’s appointments to prominent posts in Venezuela’s national oil company, PDVSA. Two days later in Caracas, up to one million Venezuelans marched in opposition to Chávez. At one point during the march, opposition leaders redirected the protestors to the presidential palace, Miraflores, where government supporters and Bolivarian Circles were holding their own rally. Upon the opposition’s arrival, the two sides confronted each other. Gunshots rang out, and by that evening 19 people were dead, including both supporters and opponents of the government. Then, the military high command started the coup at Miraflores and demanded that Chávez resign. President Chávez refused to resign, and he subsequently was arrested by the military. Chávez’s request for asylum in Cuba was denied, and he was ordered to be tried in a Venezuelan court.
In Kenntnis dessen, was ich über den Versuch meiner eigenen Regierung weiß, den venezolanischen Präsidenten Hugo Chavez im Jahr 2002 aus dem Amt zu werfen, war ich nicht überrascht, als die Trump-Administration die Bemühungen kürzlich erneuerte, insbesondere als solche Erzverteidiger lateinamerikanischer Rechte wie Elliott Abrams, Marco Rubio und Rick Scott – ganz zu schweigen von John Bolton – begannen, auf der Gehaltsliste des Weißen Hauses aufzutauchen.
Early in the morning as the situation unfolded in the capital city of Caracas, Trump, Rubio, Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo in blatant violation of law gloated in support of the attempted coup. But the Democratic establishment didn’t stay behind expressing the same sort of comments and sentiments against the democratically and legitimate government of Venezuela.
Nachdem die venezolanische Regierung den Abzug des letzten Personals der US-Botschaft angeordnet hatte, versuchte Außenminister Mike Pompeo, es als positiv für die anhaltenden Bemühungen um einen Regimewechsel zu interpretieren.
Wie in den letzten Jahren der 80er und den frühen 90er Jahren glauben sie wieder an den Dominoeffekt: Wenn Venezuela fällt, fällt Nicaragua, und natürlich wird am Ende auch Kuba an der Reihe sein.
Der bis April 2018 als unabhängiger Experte des UN-Menschenrechtsrats für die Förderung einer demokratischen und gerechten internationalen Ordnung eingesetzte Alfred de Zayas unterstützt die Position Jazairys und empfiehlt Venezuela gar, den Internationalen Gerichtshof in Den Haag aufzufordern, eine Untersuchung gegen die USA wegen Verbrechen gegen die Menschheit einzuleiten.
#Venezuela and #antisemitism are both currently in the headlines. But the mainstream media narrative isn’t always as it seems. So, Canary journalist and broadcaster Steve Topple spoke to groundbreaking journalist and trailblazer Max Blumenthal. He has been on the ground in Venezuela, and is also of Jewish heritage – so has unique insights into both subjects. It’s an overarching, must-listen interview.
(21.2.2019) Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida and Cucuta, Colombia February 21-22 to support the delivery of humanitarian aid to some of the most vulnerable people in Venezuela in response to Interim President Guaido’s request.
Special Representative Abrams will lead a U.S. government delegation to accompany humanitarian supplies to be transported from Florida to Colombia by military aircraft. While in Colombia Special Representative Abrams will meet Colombian President Duque and visiting delegations from Central and South America.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has a heated exchange with Elliot Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, highlighting his role in the Iran-Contra affair. She says, „I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.“ The exchange came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
(7. Oktober 1991) From July 1985 through 1988, ELLIOTT ABRAMS was Assistant Secretary of State and headed the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
As Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, MR. ABRAMS chaired a Restricted Interagency Group („RIG“) comprised of, among others, representatives of the United States Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency („CIA“), the National Security Council („NSC* 1 ), and the Department of State. During 1985 and 1986, the RIG met regularly to coordinate the activities of these agencies in Central America.
(8. Oktober 1991) As the State Department’s point man on Latin America, Mr. Abrams headed the Restricted Interagency Group, a panel that coordinated the Administration’s Central America policy among officials at the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.
Other members included Mr. North, the Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and White House aide who managed the day-to-day operations of secretly aiding the Nicaraguan rebels, and Alan D. Fiers Jr., who supervised Central Intelligence Agency activities in Central America.
In this capacity, Mr. Abrams operated as a high-visibility figure who seemed to relish his combative public role in defending Administration policy in Central America, while at the same time working closely with officials who were engaged in secret efforts to supply the rebels with arms after Congress barred direct military assistance in late 1984.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) engaged in a testy back and forth on Wednesday with special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, accusing the diplomat of being a liar and pressing him on his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair and killings in Central America during the Reagan administration.
Na das passt ja wie Arsch auf Eimer!
It is tragically comical that President Trump has named convicted criminal Elliot Abrams as his point person to “restore democracy” in Venezuela. Abrams played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair and went on to be one of the chief architects of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. His role in helping promote the horrible violence in Latin America in the 1980s should disqualify him from ever holding public office again.
Erst vor vier Monaten sagte Präsident Trump vor der Generalversammlung der UNO: „Ich respektiere das Recht jeder Nation in diesem Raum, ihre eigenen Bräuche, Überzeugungen und Traditionen zu verfolgen. Die Vereinigten Staaten werden Ihnen nicht sagen, wie Sie leben oder arbeiten oder beten sollen. Wir bitten Sie nur, im Gegenzug unsere Souveränität zu respektieren.“ Leider scheint es, dass das nur leere Worte waren. Wir wissen aus dem Irak, Libyen, Syrien usw., dass dies für Präsident Trump nicht gut enden wird. Oder für die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Wir müssen Venezuela in Ruhe lassen!
Am heutigen Montag, dem 28.1.2019, kommt es zu einer Notfallsitzung mit fünf Vertretern von Mitgliedsländern der Karibischen Gemeinschaft wegen der aktuellen Situation um Venezuela im U.N.O.-Hauptquartier in New York in den U.S.A. mit U.N.O.-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres.
Nicht nur seine Rolle in der Iran-Contra-Affäre macht Elliott Abrams in Lateinamerika zu einer umstrittenen Figur. Er soll vorab vom Putschversuch im Jahr 2002 gegen Venezuelas damaligen Staatschef Hugo Chávez gewusst und diesen abgenickt haben, wie damals der britische «Observer» recherchiert hatte.
During the 2016 Republican primary, he opposed the nomination of Donald Trump, and stated that Trump wasn’t worthy of leading the party of Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. These statements led Trump to veto an attempt by the previous Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to appoint Abrams to a senior State Department position in 2017.
(10.2.2017) Mr. Tillerson had argued strongly for Mr. Abrams. So had Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser. Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas who is closely aligned with friends of Mr. Abrams’, and some members of the pro-Israel lobbying group Aipac, had been reaching out to Democratic senators to impress upon them the importance of Mr. Abrams receiving Senate confirmation.