U.S. Imperialism Is Actively Organizing Counter-Revolutionary and Illegal Forces Inside Venezuela

September 24, 2018

In April 2002, Washington tried to instigate a coup d'etat to overthrow the Chavez government and replace it with a coterie of businessmen and military leaders loyal to the U.S. Today, U. S. imperialism and the Venezuelan elite are plotting more attacks on the reform processes and the democratically-elected government.

On Septemeber 21, during an interview about Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "I think you’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership – folks who are working directly against the best interests of the Venezuelan people."

According to President Trump's official national security strategy, Venezuela is seen as an obstacle to U.S. national security goals of increasing foreign trade, maintaining U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and protecting U.S. national security interests.

While such statements and such a strategy are not new to Washington, what stands out is the continuing puffed-up character of the aggressive chauvinism of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class.

U.S. imperialism has appointed itself the judge, jury, and executioner, employing the most barbaric methods to try to impose its will on the peoples and countries.

The U.S. capitalist class is actively pursuing regime change in Venezuela in order to remove any barriers to U.S. trade and investment throughout the region and further bring the economies of the western hemisphere under the thumb of U.S. imperialism.

And as the rivalry between the U.S. monopolies and the capitalists in Europe, Russia, China, and Japan intensifies, U.S. imperialism wants to shore up Latin America as its strategic economic rear area and step up the exploitation and plunder of the continent.

It is the bipartisan program of privatization and neo-liberalism that has enabled foreign monopolies, especially U.S. monopolies, to gain control over large sectors of the Latin American economy.