Venezuelan Military Backs Maduro

Mish

It may be tough to oust Maduro as long as he has the backing of the military.

Yesterday, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Declares Himself Interim President. President Trump Agreed in a Tweet.

10 nations do not recognize the Venezuelan government

Unfortunately, Venezuela’s Military Backs Maduro.

Venezuela’s military on Thursday threw its support behind embattled President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday, a day after the head of the country’s national assembly declared himself legitimate leader and was recognized by the U.S. and most Latin American nations.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, flanked by the heads of the country’s armed forces, said the military would oppose any effort to remove Mr. Maduro, who began a second, six-year term this month after elections last year that were widely regarded as a sham. Mr. Padrino ended his speech with shouts of “Chavez vive,” a reference to the late socialist strongman Hugo Chávez.

During Mr. Chavez’s time in power, he politicized the military, making sure promotions were contingent on loyalty to him and “Bolivarian” socialist ideology.

In 2008, Mr. Chavez made the military adopt the Cuban-derived motto “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte, Venceremos!” or “Fatherland, Socialism or Death, we will triumph!” That same year, the military was renamed the National Bolivarian Armed Force, making clear ideological identification.

The Venezuelan military is also thoroughly penetrated by Cuba’s crack intelligence services, military officials said. Those who might revolt against Mr. Maduro face a pervasive intelligence unit, overseen by Cuban military advisers, which has snuffed out numerous plots, current and former officers said. “It’s very hard to organize a coup in Venezuela,” said Harold Trinkunas, a Venezuela expert at Stanford University. The military is “divided, corrupt, compromised and closely watched.”

Guns Matter

The guys who have the guns matter. That’s what being a de facto leader means,” said James Bosworth, head of a Latin America risk-consulting company called Hxagon.

The point at which the people with guns who can’t feed their families outnumber people with guns who can feed their families—that’s a tipping point,” Mr. Bosworth said.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (24)
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2banana
2banana

I think you are confusing the Generals whose very life (and family) rely on them answering the question of "Whom do you support?" the correct way vs the "people with the real guns in the streets" as in the privates/NCOs and junior officers.

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

WOW! Those are pretty fancy uniforms for guys that get paid $3.00 a day.

channelstuffing
channelstuffing

How much Beijeng payin those officers,I'm sure their swiss accts got alot fatter.

SMF
SMF

Elections widely regarded as sham? Seriously?! Maduro and his stacked supreme court did not allow anyone in the opposition to run, hence he 'won' by default. It was definitely as sham election, as he was the only person running for all intents and purposes.

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." -- Mao Tse Tung

ML1
ML1

Trump should send troops to capture or eliminate Maduro if he refuses to surrender after first telling Venezuelan military that they will be getting a rain of missiles in their military bases if they attack US forces and telling Venezuelan military that they will be OK and get some US produced steaks soon if they stay in their bases and refuse orders from Maduro's gang of incompetent socialist generals and stay out of it or side with the Venezuelan people.

Putin is Maduro supporter so by capturing or eliminating Maduro Trump would also finish the Democrats lunacy of inventing some collusion between Trump and Putin in their fever dreams.

hmk
hmk

See gun control works, ask any dictator. Govt has killed about 250 million of their own citizens in the 20th century, more than all the wars combined. Makes you wonder why all the socialist left wing democrats are such ardent supporters of gun control

Webej
Webej

No matter how revolting Venezuelans find Maduro, patriotic Venezuelans will consider US support for any other candidate to be sufficient reason to reject that candidate. US intervention will be counter-productive. Anyways, Americans would be better off fixing their own political system and the drastic democratic deficiecies. Perhaps they could start with getting the electoral process up to snuff, say, on the level of many countries in Africa and the Middle East, which in contrast to the USA, do meet the standards of international observers.

Webej
Webej

Somewhat comical for the US to step in as arbiter. Half the population and the entire free press consider Trump to be a usurper. The county of LA has more registered voters than it has citizens!!! Have any of these people ever heard of looking in the mirror?

1KoolKat
1KoolKat

Why is the US so interested in Venezuela all of sudden? 12/13/2018 Two of Russia’s most modern, nuclear-capable bombers landed in Venezuela.

Christian dk
Christian dk

So the US solution as usual, is to set fire to the whole country and create as massive wave of refugees north to the border, destroy the countries ability to produce oil, that competes with the totally insane us oil fraking idiocy, only surpassed by the even more climate crime of Canada's ridiculous tar sand greed.

All this while complaining that Russia meddled with us elections while claiming that they liberated Libya and destroyed the country. Why bother saving the planet from climate change, so that the psychopathic elites on both sides can count their millions and billions. Notice that there is never an attempt to bomb places like Davos, but always a dumb terror attack at a bus stop or train station where the poorest workers are. It is clear that Trump soon will get an invitation to Dallas, and the next president will be a D Female.

Sechel
Sechel

So Trump doesn't want to meddle around the world except in Venezuela? There clearly is no Trump doctrine.

One thing U.S. history tells us is that intervention into the elections of South and Central American countries has been an unmitigated disaster. Every action seems to bring an even worse reaction. We could say the same elsewhere such as in Iran and Iraq(different decades of course)


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