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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

US militarized sanctions on targeted nations collectively punish their people by severe hardships imposed.

The strategy has been used time again. Despite consistent failure, Iran and Venezuela are targeted this way, most world community nations going along, acting as co-conspirators for abandoning the rule of law in deference to the US.

Trump’s special envoy for regime change in Iran Brian Hook sounded like GW Bush, telling European countries they’re either with the US or Iran.

The Trump regime threatened sanctions on nations and entities maintaining normal relations with the country. The same goes for Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, and other US sanctioned states.

Its efforts to topple targeted governments by sanctions wars failed time and again, the strategy not working in Iran and Venezuela.

A report last month said Trump was losing patience and interest in the plot to topple Venezuela’s Maduro.

According to an unnamed White House official, he was misled to believe Venezuela is “low-hanging fruit (he) could (easily) get a win (on) and tout it as a major foreign policy victory.”

Everything the Trump regime threw at Venezuela since January failed, its designate puppet Guaido increasingly reviled.

Polls show Maduro’s popularity rising while he’s sinking. On July 1, Reuters headlined: “Disappointed Venezuelans lose patience with Guaido as Maduro hangs on,” saying:

“(F)resh polling data (show Venezuelans who supported Guaido, largely well-off ones, are) frustrated” over his failure to “dislodge Maduro.”

“Attendance at (his) public rallies has dropped (significantly), and the opposition has held no major protests since” the aborted April 30 coup attempt foiled in hours.

Trump largely stopped mentioning Venezuela. The topic came up at the G20 summit in Osaka last week. It’s best to take his remarks with a grain of salt, but here’s what he said for what it’s worth:

“We have a lot of strategies. I have five different strategies I could change any moment. But in the meantime we are helping them from the standpoint of getting them as much aid as we can (sic),” adding: 

“We have a lot of things in store if we have to do that,” meaning regime change. “We do not want to get involved to the extent that you may be thinking but we have a lot of alternatives…We’ll see what happens.”

In late June, Venezuelan authorities foiled another Trump regime coup plot, aiming to assassinate Maduro, his wife, National Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, and other senior Bolivarian officials.

Maduro called the scheme a planned “killing spree that could last two or three days.” Elements involved were discovered and arrested.

According to Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez, plans were in the works for months, monitored and uncovered by Venezuelan intelligence.

The plot involved seizing the La Carlota airbase, police facilities, arms depots, and the presidential palace. Despite authorities foiling two coup plots in the last two months, more of the same is likely ahead.

Intercepted communications indicated the plotters wanted Guaido replaced because of doubts about his leadership ability.

After the plot was foiled, Maduro said “(w)e would be ruthless in a revolutionary counteroffensive against an attempted fascist coup – ruthless!”

Rodriguez accused Colombian President Ivan Duque and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera with backing the likely CIA-orchestrated plot.

The US under Republicans and undemocratic Dems want fascist tyranny replacing Bolivarian social democracy — Washington’s aim since early in Hugo Chavez’s tenure.

It’s likely just a matter of time before another attempt to topple Venezuela’s government unfolds.

For now, Trump regime hardliners are mainly focused on Iran, perhaps intending war on the country if enough coalition partners are enlisted to go along, mainly NATO countries.

What hasn’t been achieved so far may be out of reach because Germany, France, and other European countries oppose war on Iran.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.