US Threatens Venezuelan Oil Embargo, Would Support a Military Coup

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HAVANA TIMES ­­– As Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro prepares favorable conditions for his reelection until 2025, tension grows with the Trump administration, reports Democracy Now on Monday:

During a five-nation trip to South America, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions and possibly an oil embargo against the oil-rich state. Late last week Tillerson suggested the U.S. would support the Venezuelan military toppling the elected government of Nicolás Maduro.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “I think there will be a change. We want it to be a peaceful change. … In the history of Venezuela, and, in fact, the history in other Latin American and South American countries, oftentimes it’s the military that handles that, that when things are so bad, that the military leadership realizes they just can’t serve the citizens anymore, they will manage a peaceful transition.”

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino criticized Tillerson for hinting at a possible military coup in Venezuela.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López : “When you invite the armed forces to overthrow a government, you are disrespecting an institution that uses its principles, its republican morality, its historical traditions. We are deeply proud of being the heirs of our liberator.”

17 thoughts on “US Threatens Venezuelan Oil Embargo, Would Support a Military Coup

  • February 19, 2018 at 9:58 am

    In the USA, if people on the “left” work toward health care and education as rights of a free people, others on the “right” lock everything down into a funnel of money to prevent real access. Despite the ongoing rounds of blame in the US Congress, it is the extremely rich, usually right-leaning politicians who shut down essential services because they cannot agree on how to divide up the taxes that millions of others have paid, into their own pockets and their own shelters. Yes, there are rich politicians on the “left” who are just as corrupt, but most on the “right” are truly shameless in their lies and their theft. The only ideas and actions that originate from the “right” in the USA tend to hurt everyone but the privileged few, and do nothing to encourage education (not indoctrination), free thought, truth or transparency in any fashion, and least of all, health and health care as a right of the general population. Even the mandate of insurance payments does nothing to guarantee actual health care for the people, as many facilities can still refuse to honor such insurance; the mandate simply requires money in exchange for words on paper with no teeth.

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