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The decline of American influence: Venezuelan case study

Posted by Charles II on April 25, 2013

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian, via t/o

Washington’s efforts to de-legitimise the [Venezuelan] election mark a significant escalation of US efforts at regime change in Venezuela.

But the Obama team’s effort failed miserably. On Wednesday, the government of Spain, Washington’s only significant ally supporting a “100% audit” reversed its position and recognised Maduro’s election. Then the secretary general of the Organisation of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, backed off his prior alignment with the Obama administration and recognised the election result.

It was not just the left governments of Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay and others that had quickly congratulated Maduro on his victory; Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti and other non-left governments had joined them. The Obama administration was completely isolated in the world.

Washington’s clumsy efforts also helped highlight the election as an issue of national sovereignty, something that is deeply cherished in the region.

The opposition representative on the national electoral council, Vicente Díaz, acknowledged that he had “no doubt” that the vote count was accurate.

I don’t expect my government to do something because it’s right or to abstain from doing it because it is wrong. But when they do something wrong in a way that damages even the greedy self-interest of the nation, then that government does not deserve to be in power.

Right now, Venezuela and all of Latam is giving us the finger.

5 Responses to “The decline of American influence: Venezuelan case study”

  1. The irony is of course that the more (and the more blatantly) they move against those who would make multinational business entities at least pretend to be good citizens of the countries whose people they exploit, the faster the US loses its credibility and thus its ability to influence events in any way, shape or form.

  2. And one can tell that the latest wave of efforts to undo Venezuela’s elections have failed by this one simple reason: The US press has stopped talking about them.

    When even our client narco-state Colombia admits that Maduro won fair and square, it’s obvious that the destabilization exists only in the minds of Beltway drones and the scribes they pay to love them.

    • Charles II said

      Good point, PW.

      Our media really do take their talking points from State.

      • Which reminds me: Some doofus in the T/O comments thread stated that Chavez and Maduro won because of “state-run media”. I felt the need to correct that and point out that all of the privately-held major media outlets in the country were and are owned by anti-Chavista elites who backed the 2002 coup attempt.

      • Charles II said

        The poor fellow was probably reading The Washington Post.

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