[Marxism] Fwd: A Failed State in Latin America? - FPIF

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 10 06:00:29 MDT 2016

Although Maduro suspects that Washington is plotting a coup, the Obama 
administration seems more worried of late about Venezuela becoming a 
failed state than Maduro maintaining his hold on power. The Obama 
administration has been quietly supporting Spanish efforts to mediate 
between Maduro and the opposition-controlled parliament, and has even 
been trying to rope in the Vatican, a key mover behind the Cuba détente.

No doubt Washington would prefer a more pliant partner in Caracas. But 
with Venezuela one of the top five suppliers of oil to the United 
States, Washington doesn’t want the country to disappear into the black 
hole of chaos.

In other words, the standoff in Venezuela today is not Chile 1973 all 
over again. It’s not the United States that has destabilized the Maduro 
government. And Maduro is not a noble, idealistic leader, like Salvador 
Allende, who is trying to take his country in a bold new direction. If 
you want to see what the United States would look like after a dozen 
years of Trumpismo, behold Venezuela.

full: http://fpif.org/failed-state-latin-america/

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