Venezuelan Military Backs Maduro

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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