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    America's Venezuela Strategy: Coup By Sheer Narrative Control

    Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,
    The Trump administration is working to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They are not at this time doing this by military invasion, nor by funneling thousands of armed militants into the country, nor even solely with starvation sanctions and CIA ops. The first and foremost means of overthrowing Venezuela’s government currently being utilized by the United States government is the low-risk, low-cost plan to simply control the stories that everyone tells themselves about who is in charge in Venezuela.



    Adept manipulators understand that humans are storytelling animals. The only thing keeping the powerful powerful, keeping money operating the way it operates, and keeping government running the way it runs is the stories we all agree to tell each other about those things. If everyone collectively decided today that poker chips are the new currency and Kim Kardashian is the Supreme Ruler of the Entire World, those stories would be the new reality, and tomorrow we’d all be doing whatever Empress Kim commands and Las Vegas would be the new Wall Street.

    The Trump administration is exploiting this exact principle in Venezuela by singling out some guy named Juan and calling him Mister President, despite the fact that he’s never received a single vote for that office and holds no actual power. If they can persuade enough Venezuelans (particularly the ones with the big guns) and the rest of the world’s governments to do the same, then Guaido will indeed become the functional president of the country.

    Everything the Trump administration does to Venezuela is done with the goal of controlling the stories people tell about it. They smash the country with starvation sanctions, then tell everyone to believe that Maduro is starving his people. They stage a “humanitarian aid” stunt on Venezuela’s border, then they lie and tell everyone that Maduro is blocking all aid to Venezuela and setting aid trucks on fire, because he wants to starve the hungry and kill the sick. It’s all about controlling the narrative with the goal of changing who is recognized as the legitimate president of Venezuela.







    We saw this illustrated especially clearly in a recent press briefing with the State Department’s “Special Representative for Venezuela”, war criminal Elliott Abrams. Abrams was asked by a reporter to “explain to us the article under which Mr. Guaido declared himself president” because “It is said that it has expired last month.”

    Indeed, when Guaido declared himself interim president back in January we were told that it would be a month-long position in the interim while a new election is prepared. As Reuters reported at the time, “Venezuela’s constitution says if the presidency is determined to be vacant, new elections should be called in 30 days and that the head of the congress should assume the presidency in the meantime.”

    But, since the Trump administration’s coup-by-narrative has not gone as planned, Abrams stumbled all over himself informing the press that the goalposts of the story have been moved:

    ABRAMS: As to the Venezuelan constitution, the National Assembly has passed a resolution that states that that 30-day period of interim presidency will not start ending or counting until the day Nicolas Maduro leaves power. So the 30 days doesn’t start now, it starts after Maduro. And they — that’s a resolution of the National Assembly.

    QUESTION: When did they — they did that after he —
    ABRAMS: They did that — this is roughly a month ago. We could try to find the date for you.
    QUESTION: When he was — when he was — took the mantle of interim president, that wasn’t there.
    ABRAMS: Yes, when — that’s correct. And so people —
    QUESTION: Can you do that ex post facto like that?
    ABRAMS: When people ask a question how do —
    QUESTION: That seems to be like saying I was elected for four years to be president, and then two years in you change the rules so that your term didn’t start — hasn’t even started yet. How does that happen?
    ABRAMS: Well, you don’t get a vote because you’re not in the National Assembly.
    QUESTION: Well, you don’t. You’re not in the National Assembly either.
    QUESTION: If it matters, does the U.S. view that as constitutional under their system?
    MR ABRAMS: Yes. I mean, we’re taking the — the National Assembly is the only legitimate democratic institution left in Venezuela, and their interpretation of the constitution, as you know, is that as of the date of this alleged term for Maduro, the presidency is vacant. But they have also said that that 30-day period starts when Maduro goes.
    QUESTION:So Juan Guaido is the interim president of an interim that doesn’t exist yet?
    MR ABRAMS: The 30-day end to his interim presidency starts counting. Because he’s not in power, that’s the problem. Maduro is still there. So they have decided that they will count that from when he actually is in power and Maduro’s gone. I think it’s logical.
    QUESTION: So then he really isn’t interim president, then?
    MR ABRAMS: He is interim president, but he’s not —
    QUESTION: With no power.
    MR ABRAMS: — able to exercise the powers of the office because Maduro still is there.
    QUESTION: So their interpretation is that until and unless he actually has the power to run the country, he’s not actually the interim president?
    MR ABRAMS: No. Their interpretation is that the constitution requires a 30-day interim period, but it — those 30 days should not be counted while Maduro is still there exercising the powers of his former



    So to recap, Guaido is still the president of Venezuela after his 30-day window closed because his interim presidency doesn’t currently exist, and because he has no power. By those standards, I’m just as much president of Venezuela as Guaido is. Where’s my meeting with Mike Pence?

    (Why any honest American support this clown show is beyond me)

    But of course facts don’t figure into this equation at all, because this is a coup by narrative. As we discussed yesterday, narrative always takes precedence over fact in these games.

    They will keep referring to Juan the guy as “President Guaido”, despite the admitted fact that he does not actually have any of the powers or recognition that an actual president has, and despite the fact that there is currently a guy in Caracas who does have all those things. They will keep advancing this narrative control war until it either succeeds or fails, and in the case of the latter they’ll change tactics and try something else.

    The battle for power is the battle to control as many humans as possible, and the battle to control as many humans as possible is the battle to control the stories those humans are telling each other. Humans are storytelling animals, so if you can control the stories you can control the humans. Understand this and you’ll understand the behaviors of governments and media around the world.

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    Sorry Charlie. There are plenty of other countries Russia and Iran can partner with and terrorize. This fish got away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBacon View Post
    Sorry Charlie. There are plenty of other countries Russia and Iran can partner with and terrorize. This fish got away.

    You told me these about 3 weeks ago...yet we're still here Johnny boy

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    Time is an ally of the US. No skin off our teeth watching Maduro & Putin sink into oblivion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBacon View Post
    Time is an ally of the US. No skin off our teeth watching Maduro & Putin sink into oblivion.
    If you listen very hard...you hear the whales, Porky)

    Guaido's Chief Of Staff Detained By Venezuelan Intelligence In Pre-Dawn Raid



    Two days after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's "government-in-waiting" forcibly took possession of three diplomatic facilities in the United States with the blessing of Washington, and following what many observers speculate are a series of US aggressive maneuvers paving the way for military intervention, Maduro's security forces have begun arresting members of Guaido's staff.
    According to Reuters Venezuelan intelligence agents have arrested and detained Guaido's own chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, as well as opposition legislator Sergio Vergara.
    Roberto Marrero next to opposition leader Juan Guaido, via Instagram/Roberto Marrero Guaido's press team confirmed their detentions by security forces in what's been described as a pre-dawn raid on their Caracas residences on Thursday. And in confirmation Guaido tweeted an "Alert" saying the two men are "currently being held hostage" since 2:24 am by the SEBIN, or the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service.
    The AP described in its reporting:
    Venezuelan intelligence agents early Thursday entered the homes of opposition lawmaker Sergio Vergara and of Roberto Marrero, a lawyer who heads Guaido's office. Both men accompanied Guaido on a recent Latin American tour to build international support for his efforts to remove Maduro.
    A video also emerged online purporting to show Maduro security force vehicles speeding off from one of the Caracas homes in the dead of night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khicks26 View Post
    Imagine that...Normal Americans (I hope many of them are left out there) can see right through this coup...but not Porky- for him it's all about outsmarting the Russians- forget the thousands who live and suffer out there, bro


    What a CLOWN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian Rocket View Post
    Imagine that...Normal Americans (I hope many of them are left out there) can see right through this coup...but not Porky- for him it's all about outsmarting the Russians- forget the thousands who live and suffer out there, bro


    What a CLOWN!
    In this interview, the guy says that Maduro will leave VZ with a bullet in his head. Crazy shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khicks26 View Post
    In this interview, the guy says that Maduro will leave VZ with a bullet in his head. Crazy shit.
    It tells you everything you need to know about that coup

    I know for a fact that Russian special forces are already there


    I guess we can have a good all cookout soon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian Rocket View Post
    It tells you everything you need to know about that coup

    I know for a fact that Russian special forces are already there


    I guess we can have a good all cookout soon)
    Even chemical weapons attacks will not save the day here. It's over. More Syria's out there. How's the Ayatollah doing these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBacon View Post
    Even chemical weapons attacks will not save the day here. It's over. More Syria's out there. How's the Ayatollah doing these days?
    Roy, why dont you continue to play with your Barbie set, while we sort this thing out)


    No offence- I'm sure you can make a difference for your country - sport) HA

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