Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Constitutional legitimacy

"Behold the Breathtaking Weakness of the Empire!" (The Saker).

"Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy" (Vaz). What Ecuador just did to Assange completely destroyed the concept of such refuge, so if somebody could just leave a back door open at these embassies, the perps could be picked up and justice can be served.

Trump's supposed to be so full of himself, he won't countenance even the slightest criticism, yet the trio of Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams are managing to make him into a world-wide laughingstock.  I guess all the blackmail gives you very thick skin.

"Venezuela: Fake Video, Camera Held Sideways to Reveal Military Backing of “2”" and "Venezuela: Fake Video of Armored Car Running Over Protesters" (Duff).  I have to assume Guido isn't a complete moron, but this coup-let had so little chance of succeeding that I also have to assume he was operating on falsely optimistic intelligence, presumably from the always wrong CIA - it is funny that the CIA has become so completely incompetent at what was supposed to be its core function of gathering intelligence - that there was general simmering unrest in the entire military that could be easily turned into regime change.  Instead, all he is doing is giving the Venezuelan government more chances to confirm its wide support amongst both the military and the general population.

Tweet (DSA Venezuela Solidarity):
"Two guys with a bullhorn and 25 soldiers and Maduro was going to leave? This would be laughable except that he's insulting the intelligence of U.S. citizens. The so-called "opposition leaders" are the ones who fled."
Tweet (Mark Ames):
"Pompeo gets his Maddow on. Who coulda possibly known that xenophobic Russia paranoia would be weaponized by Team Trump too (besides all of us whose brains weren't infected with Putin Derangement Fungus)"
"Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela" (Ostrow).

Tweet (P KELLY):
"EU as sponsor of terrorism."
Mandel is a real certified piece of shit, and a blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zionist, and Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner, but this takes the cake: tweet (Seth Mandel) (note the remarkable levels of complete bullshit delivered in the most condescending way):
"Guaido has constitutional legitimacy, Maduro has tanks. Your hatred of John Bolton does not make you an expert, in fact in this case it makes you the opposite of an expert."
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