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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Talks with Washington or its proxies most often turn out to be exercises in futility because the US doesn’t negotiate. It demands.

When deals are reached, the US breaches them time and again, proving it can never be trusted, saying one thing, doing something entirely different — either straightaway or at a later time.

Trump’s illegal pullout from the Iran nuclear deal and 1987 INF Treaty are the latest examples of US bad faith, what characterizes all hegemons, none historically matching the US, operating globally.

Earlier Norway-mediated talks between legitimate Bolivarian officials and illegitimate Trump regime proxies for eliminating Venezuelan social democracy failed because of unacceptable demands.

Since Bolivarian rule in Venezuela was established in 1999, bipartisan US officials targeted its government for regime change.

Earlier coups failed. Trump regime hardliners remain undeterred, continuing their plot to replace Venezuelan social democracy with US-controlled fascist tyranny, along with gaining control over the country’s vast oil reserves, the world’s largest.

China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, other countries, and the Palestinians understand the agony and futility of direct or indirect dealings with the US, a nation never to be trusted, its imperial partners no more reliable.

It’s why dealings with hegemonic USA or its proxies most often accomplishes nothing.

Talks between Venezuelan officials and US-controlled fascist opposition figures broke down in late May over the unacceptable demand that democratically elected and reelected President Maduro step down as a precondition for resolving differences.

The disloyal opposition also demanded a new presidential election, not administered by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, the only body authorized to do it, never a foreign one, what no country would tolerate.

For the Trump regime and its fascist proxies, the result of a future Venezuelan election, whenever held, will only be recognized if won by an anti-Bolivarian figure submissive to US interests.

Resumption of talks between Caracas and US proxies won’t likely to more successful than earlier. Yet it was announced they’ll take place in Barbados this week.

US-designated puppet Guaido, following orders from his Trump regime handlers, despised by most Venezuelans, increasingly falling out of favor with Washington over his ineptness, tweeted the following:

“In response to the mediation of the Kingdom of Norway (the opposition) will attend a meeting with representatives of the usurper regime (sic) in Barbados, to establish a negotiation on the end of the dictatorship (sic).”

A statement by Norway’s Foreign Ministry said “representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela have decided to continue the negotiation process facilitated by Norway,” adding: 

“The parties will meet this week in Barbados to move forward in the search for an agreed-upon and constitutional solution for the country.”

“Norway reiterates its recognition of the parties’ efforts and their spirit of cooperation, says the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide.”

Maduro earlier and more recently said he’s open to dialogue with opposition elements, believing agreement can be reached by yearend, knowing challenges Bolivarian Venezuela has endured for the past 20 years because of US rage to return the country to client state status.

Separately last week, Venezuelan authorities revealed a US-orchestrated plot to assassinate National Coordinator of Local Committee for Supply and Production (CLAP) Freddy Bernal.

Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, himself targeted for assassination along with Maduro in a foiled late June coup plot, said a confession was obtained from one of the plotters.

An investigation continues to uncover other individuals involved in plotting the government’s overthrow and assassination of its key officials.

Earlier counterintelligence led to the dismantlement of a CIA-connected criminal network in the country — directed to sow discord and commit violence as part of Washington’s aim to topple Maduro and eliminate Venezuela’s social democracy.

It’s highly unlikely that resumed talks with fascist opposition elements will end US rage to return Venezuela to client state status.

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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.