As the US government continues its coup in Venezuela, it is taking more steps to overthrow the government. The US is imposing new sanctions with special exemptions for US companies, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. The exemptions will assist in efforts to privatize the country’s oil. The US government has repeatedly said it will not rule out a potential military invasion of the country to achieve its goals.
John Bolton, the national security adviser, said on Fox Business, “We’re in conversation with major American companies now that are either in Venezuela or, in the case of Citgo, here in the United States. I think we’re trying to get to the same end result here. You know, Venezuela is one of the three countries I call the troika of tyranny. It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”
Bolton clearly illustrates, in a straightforward manner, the agenda of the US against Venezuela. In another sign of the government’s agenda, Trump appointed a new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Abrams was convicted in 1991 in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal, and subsequently pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. In the 80s, Abrams also defended genocidal Guatemalan dictator, General José Efraín Ríos Montt, as he oversaw the mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala. Abrams is familiar with the situation in Venezuela as he was linked to the 2002 coup in Venezuela that attempted to overthrow the last president, Hugo Chávez.