Tuesday, February 11, 2020

UPDATED: ‘Humiliating’ Monroe Doctrine - Venezuela Update

UPDATED:  February 12, 2020 According to RT [which appears to be the only Mainstream media reporting on international news anymore], Juan ("Random") Guaido was given a very "warm" and wet welcome upon his return to Caracas, Venezuela from his recent trip to USrael and its vassal Canada.  Confronted at the Caracas airport by a woman who doused him with a bottle of water he was jeered by the crowd. Nobody likes a traitor.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido climbs the parliament fence
 as it votes to replace him as the head of the legislature
 ©  Sputnik / Carolina Cabral

Russia loves to rub it in.  In an RT report of a few days ago, which I will copy in full, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov again rubs salt in the centuries old wound that all nations in the Western Hemisphere suffered when Usrael, or the United States of America, as it was then known, imposed the disgusting "Munroe Doctrine"on all its hemispheric neighbours.  Please read the following diplomatic skewering by Russia and I will have more comments to follow:


"Latin America free to make own policy choices – Russia's FM Lavrov on US threats & ‘humiliating’ Monroe Doctrine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hit back at threats from Washington over Moscow’s support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, insisting Caracas and its neighbors deserve the option not to be US vassal states.

“I have heard the threats from Washington about punishing all those who work with Venezuela,” Lavrov confirmed during a press conference in Mexico City on Thursday. “But we are used to that. We are used to American officials saying that yes, Washington is still true to the Monroe Doctrine.”
Russia was merely offering Venezuela and its neighbors in the region a second option, beyond the status quo of subjugation to their northern neighbor, Lavrov suggested.

If the Latin American countries believe they are comfortable under the Monroe Doctrine, well, it’s up to them, but to me it would be humiliating.

“They can take any position on any international issue they want,” he continued, emphasizing that Russia was not forcing anyone’s hand in the region. The 1820s Monroe Doctrine posits that the US has dominion over the nations of the Western Hemisphere, and that any incursion by foreign powers is a hostile act.

Lavrov was apparently referring to a warning from US special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, who had hinted earlier on Thursday that Russia could be sanctioned over its continued support for the Latin American country.

“As several administration officials have noted, the Russians may soon find that their continued support of Maduro will no longer be cost-free,” he said, hinting other nations that refuse to fall in line behind self-appointed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido may also find themselves on the receiving end of sanctions.

The US-backed Guaido was replaced last month as National Assembly speaker in Venezuela and has been reduced to referring to himself as the leader of an ‘alternate’ National Assembly in addition to the ‘interim’ presidency' he assumed over a year ago.

While the US claims to have 53 countries on its side supporting the increasingly irrelevant upstart, after multiple failed coup attempts and facing dwindling popularity in his own country Guaido’s star is on the wane internationally – everywhere but Washington, that is. He was a guest of honor at US President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, held up as a shining example of resistance to the dreaded socialism.

Abrams also threatened the Maduro government directly, should they harm a hair on the head of Washington’s protégé. “We hope that the regime makes the calculation, particularly after this trip, that the support for Guaido is strong and that the counteraction to any move against him would make it a mistake for the regime,” the diehard hawk said before excoriating Maduro for Venezuela’s “cruel and indefensible” detention of a handful of executives from Citgo following months of house arrest on charges of embezzlement, money laundering and conspiracy.

Citgo – the subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA and one of the largest US refiners, with a network of more than 5,000 gas stations – ‘broke away’ from its parent after Washington seized billions in assets belonging to Caracas and recognized a shadowy news board of Citgo directors ‘appointed’ by Guaido."


Greencrow says:  And of course, just a day or so after Juan ["Random"] Guaido showed up at Trump's SOTU circus, he went to Ottawa where all the so-called Canadian "leaders" bent a well-worn knee.  Greencrow has written about the Monroe Doctrine many times in the past.  This is the obscene perennial slap in the face that all nations in the Western Hemisphere have to endure with a pained smile on our faces.  We have to feign sovereignty...in order to get to vote in the UN...but we can't assert it anywhere else or we will find out PDQ who really runs the show.

The United States unilaterally declared several hundred years ago that it was the boss of all of North and South America...and that was the end of it.  Nobody cared, for a few hundred years, except those tiny banana republics that...as one Yank once said...have to be picked up and thrown against the wall, militarily speaking, every so often for the US to prove its might.  But, as time went on and the planet became smaller and smaller, and the USA's hegemonic greed became larger and larger...the Monroe Doctrine did come to matter...to all of us in the Western Hemisphere and more importantly, to the other big powers like Russia and China who began to successfully [mainly due to military and technological superiority]  challenge and supersede the US.

So, now the Monroe Doctrine is like some antique trappings in a Victorian mansion...such as a suit of medieval armour standing in a corner....covered with rust, dust and spider webs...just waiting for the slightest tremor for it to fall over in a clanging heap.  Duterte of the Philippines just today said he was going to kick the US military out of the Philippines, where it has squatted for well over 150 years.  Nobody wants the second rate weaponry that is a "must" to accept [at a co$t of billion$] if you're saddled with the "Monroe Doctrine".

Mexico is having independent economic meetings...such as the one that Lavrov was speaking at...with invitees including the new movers and shakers.  Trudeau is going over to Africa all on his own...to court the underdeveloped nations there.  Oh, I forgot, that's not to assert sovereignty, far from it, that's an attempt to garner support for a seat at the United Nations Security Council...so he can better pander to USrael on the world stage.

No. "Tempus fugit", as my mother used to say.  The "old order changeth" as Tennyson said.  Like the old suit of medieval armour, USrael is now isolated and tottering in a corner amidst its [fast] fading glory.  All it's institutions have been hollowed out and replaced with a swampy corrupt, occupation stench.  It's in no position [unless it wants a major confrontation with Russia/China] to assert it's dust-covered Monroe Doctrine in any of the major Western Hemispheric countries [alas, other than Canada]...as Venezuela has proved.  Venezuela now has purchased and activated the state of the art anti-missile weaponry called S-300 from Russia.  No doubt it also has a fleet of superior Russian fighter jets.

Duterte, no doubt, has some similar military self-preservation in mind, or he wouldn't be brazenly demanding that USrael leave the Philippines.  The writing is on the wall...sooner rather than later...ALL the nations of the world will openly or covertly get the "better mousetrap" weapons. All except Canada, of course...we will always fly our mediocre F-35's.  That's if we can get them into the air. You know the planes--the ones with the computer back doors gonnecting them to some drone control bunker in a hillside in West Virginia. For sure it's humiliating, but that's just the way it goes.


Anonymous said...

You weren't at the dinner table 20 years ago when I told my family that you can't have an independent country when your foreign policy is controlled by an external force, but it's all right now, because I told you as well.

Oh and FWIW, Boogle is trying to interfere with the comments today with the "unusual activity" nonsense - be careful, when you start getting (((handlers))) you will know you are truly viewed as a danger.

greencrow said...

"but it's all right now..."

If it was all right now I wouldn't be blogging.

Do you think that the trolls are tying up the comments forums? Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

greencrow said...

"...when you start getting (((handlers)))..."

Lol. The only handler I've had is my partner of over 40 years. Some day I'll get him to come on and tell you how easy it is to (((handle))) the greencrow.

Karmellis said...

Hi Greencrow! :)

Guaido should not feel alone in that respect. There are plenty of countries around the world that are run by traitors. Canada is quite the example, given who handles our political system and that our policies are not in place to serve our people.

Keep in mind that Blogger is affiliated with Google (which is one of the greatest examples of known evil we have in this world). It would be 'very' easy for them to shut down this blog without any warning or notice should they decide you are inconvenient. At the same time, the only reason I can comment on your blog is due to how you have the moderation setup, since it does not require Google 'anything' to submit something (unlike most other blogs).

greencrow said...

Hi Karmellis:

I'm keenly aware that I'm only a Blogger "bot" decision away from evaporating into the ethosphere...with no backup of my blog. I am unable to back it up myself but, interestingly, "someone" is coming on my blog and meticulously copying my posts. I can tell by reviewing my daily statistics. Hopefully, whoever that is they'll put the posts on a wayback site some day.