I’m no fan of the current regime in Venezuela and Nicolás Maduro incompetence and vanity has been a contributing factor to the economic plague that has hit the country, as this clip from Last Week Tonight explains…
…but what doesn’t get covered and what seems to get ignored in the rush to blame Venezuela for its plight is that Maduro and the Chavez legacy is democratically popular…
1998 Presidential election: Hugo Chavez wins by 3.7m to 2.6m – 56% to 40%.
2000 Presidential election: Hugo Chavez wins by 3.75M t.o 2.36m – 60%.
2004 Presidential recall referendum: Chavez wins by 4.99m to 3.57m. – 58% to 42%
2006 Presidential election: Chavez wins by 7.3m to 4.3m – 63% to 37%.
2010 National Assembly election (not boycotted) Government 5.45m Opposition 5.3m. 48-47%
2012 Presidential election: Chavez wins by 8.2m to 6.6m – 55.1% to 44.3%.
2013 Presidential election: Nicolas Maduro 7.587m to Henrique Capriles 7.364m – 50.6% to 49.1%.
2018 Presidential election: Maduro 6.2m, Falcon 1.9m. 67.8% to 20.9% with a turnout of 46%.
…and ignores the role of America in crippling the economy with sanctions.
The role America has played in destabilising South America in favour of far right paramilitary death squads is well recorded…
…and it’s no different in Venezuela. Trump’s economic sanctions have cost around $6billion and it has combined with Maduro’s incompetence to create the meltdown we have now.
An under siege Trump needs a distraction, military action against Venezuela might be that distraction.