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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the following:

His government “hop(es) to resume decent, sincere, direct channels of dialogue between the future government of Joe Biden” and Bolivarian Venezuela, adding:

The Trump regime “left a minefield between the government of the United States and Venezuela. He left a swamp.”

Maduro’s good will outreach won’t be reciprocated no matter who controls the White House and Congress.

Last May, Pompeo “offere(ed)  a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of” Maduro.

At the time, other falsely indicted Venezuelan officials by the US included National Constituent Assembly (ANC) President Diosdado Cabello, Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami, Defense Minister Vladimir Lopez, Supreme Court Chief Justice Moreno Maikel, former General Hugo Carvajal, and former military chief Cliver Alcala Cordones.

US multi-million dollar rewards were offered for information leading to their arrests and convictions — in US kangaroo tribunals.

They and Maduro were falsely accused of flooding the US with cocaine.

In cahoots with drugs traffickers since the 1950s, the CIA profited hugely through illicit drugs trafficking.

Last June, Joe Biden called model democrat Maduro a “dictator,” extending support for coup-plotting/US-designated puppet-in-waiting Guaido.

Biden also backs the illegal US embargo on the Bolivarian Republic, saying at the time that if elected US president, he’ll “push for stronger multilateral sanctions” on the country.

Dem and GOP regimes are unapologetically hostile toward all nations operating free from US control.

If Biden succeeds Trump in January, he’ll continue ongoing wars by hot and other means, along with state terror as official US policy.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted the following:

“(T)he world is watching (to see) whether the new (US regime) will abandon disastrous lawless bullying of outgoing regime—and accept multilateralism, cooperation & respect for law.”

“Deeds matter most. Iran’s record: dignity, interest & responsible diplomacy.”

Over the weekend, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khameni justifiably mocked the US presidential election, tweeting the following:

“What a spectacle! One says this is the most fraudulent election in US history.” 

“Who says that? The president who is currently in office.” 

“His rival says Trump intends to rig the election! This is how #USElections & US democracy are.”

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said the following:

“(W)hoever becomes US president will have no bearing on our policies.”

“(W)hat important is the approach that the US adopts.”

Since Iran’s 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US/UK-installed fascist tyranny, hardliners in Washington and other Western capitals have been militantly hostile toward the Islamic Republic.

Regime change is longstanding US policy toward nations free from its control, Iran a prime target.

No matter which wing of the US one-party state controls things, this policy is firm and unbending — Biden no different from Trump in this respect.

On Monday in response to a Biden advisor’s call for renegotiating the JCPOA,  Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesan Khatibzadeh said the following:

“What Biden’s advisor said about the JCPOA is not a criterion for us.”

“What Iran has stated is that the JCPOA has been the result of longstanding talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany.”

“It is a joint comprehensive plan of action mandated by a (Security Council) resolution” — making it binding international law.

The Trump regime “violated Resolution 2231 and has withdrawn from the JCPOA, causing great damage to the Iranian people.” 

“Therefore, the United States must respond. The US election has an important message for the region.” 

“Iran extends its hand to its neighbors for dialog to resolve differences.”

In response to whether any Biden team member contacted Iran so far, Khatibzadeh said:

“No, (and his government) will not be in contact with anyone outside of the issues completely related to the JCPOA,” especially since “no new US government replaced the current one” so far.

China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have not recognized Biden as US president-elect.

On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the following:

“(W)e noticed that Mr. Biden has declared election victory.” 

“We understand the presidential election result will be determined following US laws and procedures.”

“(W)e will follow international customary practices” on this issue.

“We always believe China and the United States should strengthen communication and dialogue, manage differences on the basis of mutual respect, expand cooperation based on mutual benefit, and promote the sound and stable development of China-US relations.”

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “(w)e believe it’s correct to wait for the official results of the elections to be announced” before commenting on US or other foreign elections.

Following the US presidential election, “there’s…a legal dispute of the results.”

“(W)e hope that we’ll be able to establish a dialogue and agree together on ways to normalize our bilateral relations with the next US president.”

“A significant part of these bilateral relations, meaning stability and security, concerns not only our two nations but the nations of the whole world.”

On Monday, head of Russia’s elections commission Ella Pamfilova said US mail-in voting risks significant fraud, adding:

“(T)he conclusion is clear. This anachronism in its American form leaves massive scope for possible falsifications.” 

It includes multiple ballots cast by the same person, discarding “unwanted” ones, votes by deceased individuals, others by ineligible ones for various reasons, and “lack of systemic control over the whole voting process.”

There’s virtually nothing redeeming about Trump’s time in office, nothing warranting support from ordinary Americans.

Yet he’s justifiably challenging the election result because of clear evidence of significant fraud in swing states for Biden/Harris.

On virtually all key domestic and geopolitical issues, both right wings of US duopoly governance operate the same way.

They serve privileged interests exclusively at the expense of world peace, stability, the rule of law, and governance serving all Americans equitably.

On all of the above, Biden/Harris will replicate Trump.

A significant risk is that they’ll launch one or more new wars against nonbelligerent nations threatening no one.

Because of his cognitive and physical decline, Biden will be easily manipulated by hardline Dems surrounding him.

If he succeeds Trump in January, what’s most likely, the next four years may be more grim than previous ones.

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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.