Venezuela Under Siege by U.S. Empire

by David William Pear, July 20, 2017, The Real News Network

It is all about the oil. Whatever else one hears about Venezuela, it is all about the oil. That is what one needs to know first about why the U.S. Empire has Venezuela under siege. It is about the oil.

When President Trump says, “Venezuela is a mess; Venezuela is a mess, we will see what happens”, it is all about the oil. When the U.S. Empire imposes sanctions on Venezuela, it is all about the oil. When the mainstream corporate media (i.e. Fake News) cries crocodile tears about democracy, human rights and political prisoners in Venezuela, it is about the oil. When the U.S. calls into session emergency meeting of the United Nations and the Organization of American States, it is about oil.

Venezuela has the largest known reserve of oil in the world, and Venezuela controls its own oil, not international corporations; and it uses its oil for the benefit of its people. The U.S. Empire instead wants to control that oil and it wants the profits from the oil to go to U.S. oil corporations, especially ExxonMobil. Everything else one hears now about Venezuela is prologue or epilogue. The main plot is about the oil.

The first scene opens with protesters screaming and yelling in the streets of Caracas. Barricades are blazing, people are choking on the smoke, and their eyes are red from teargas. Traffic is backed up for miles. It is chaos. The streets are filled with anti-government protesters, and out of sight of the mainstream media cameras are pro-government supporters. Most of the violence one sees and hears about is from the anti-government protesters, but mums the word about that from the mainstream corporate media. The mainstream corporate media is the Fake News, it is the propaganda horn for the U.S. Empire and those that really control what happens in the world.
There is blood in the streets of Venezuela, and overhead the U.S. Empire regime change vultures are circling. In the United Nations, in the Organization of American States, in the Oval Office of the White House, on the floor of the U.S. Congress, and in the Fake News people are seen wringing their hands about human rights and democracy. Tucker Carlson on Fox News is reporting about the failure of Venezuela’s socialist government:

“there is no toilet paper or meat there, the currency is worthless, the murder rate is perhaps the highest in the world, the Supreme Court has tried to abolish the entire legislature for daring to oppose a dictator who’s running the place into the ground, and you can go on and on and on, it is a disaster there in Venezuela.”

Behind Tucker there is a scene playing. It is showing young people, all of them anti-government protesters, many wearing masks one supposes to protect their identity from what we are supposed to believe are government thugs. The protesters are throwing rocks, one supposes at government security forces. A water cannon sprays the protesters and they disperse to get away from it. Groups of protester run back and forth in the street, it is chaos, smoke is everywhere. What is it all the chaos about? The Fake News says it is all about democracy, the economy and human rights violations from a tyrannical government. It isn’t.

It is all about the oil.

Scene two of this deadly serious mini play opens in a boardroom behind closed doors, somewhere in Washington, D.C. Politicians, generals, spies, and oil company executives from ExxonMobil and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson are meeting. They are talking in hushed voices about Venezuela. They are sharpening their axes and talking about oil. Venezuela has it? How do they get it? How can they control it? How do they keep others from controlling it? Who are the forces against them? Who are the forces for them? How can they create more chaos to destabilize the government of President Nicolas Maduro? How do they pull off a coup d’état?

The plot thickens.

It is about the oil.

What we see happening in Venezuela is another tragedy unfolding on the world stage. There is bloodletting, and it will get much, much worse. Venezuela is approaching the edge of a civil war between the haves and the have-nots. It is class warfare. The rich and upper middle class want a regime change and an end to socialism for the poor. The rich want lower taxes, and ending social programs for the have-nots, and they want the privatization of vital government enterprises so that they can loot the country. And most of all, they want the privatization of the oil in their hands. They want to be billionaire oligarchs just like oligarchs in other oil-rich countries.
The have-nots support the government. They want the government to keep control of the oil for the benefit of the people, the have-nots. The have-nots are in the streets too, they are supporting the government, and they are being violently attacked by the hoodlums of the haves and the mercenaries for the U.S. Empire. The have-nots are being stoned, they are being shot down in the streets by anti-government rioters, they are being beaten with steel rods, and they are even being burned alive by anti-government protesters—let’s call them what they are, terrorists. We do not see or hear that from the Fake News. The have-nots want to keep their government provided healthcare, their government provided education, their government provided housing, their government provided mass transportation, their government provided food distribution centers, and all their government provided social services from the oil wealth.

The U.S. Empire wants a regime change in Venezuela. The Empire has been working on it for decades. We have seen their smoking guns before. Their guns now are smoking overtly and covertly behind the curtain, supporting the anti-government protesters and terrorists.
The Empire’s propaganda horn sounds off as if it is the government that is doing all the killing of peaceful protesters. Trump says Venezuela is a mess. The Empire has helped made it a mess; that is what the Empire wanted all along. The Empire’s Congress wants to impose more economic sanctions on a people that are already suffering. Congress wants more sanction on top of Obama’s sanctions. The U.S. is meddling, adding to Venezuela’s economic misery, trying to isolate Venezuela politically in Latin America, and trying to push Venezuela over the edge into civil war, if that is what it is going to take to get a regime change. Venezuela could turn into another human disaster like Syria, maybe even worse. Venezuela has twice the population of Syria and the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Venezuela could be on the cusp of a human catastrophe, a holocaust even.

The U.S. Empire has absolutely no concern about the population of Venezuela, any more than it is concerned about the people of Syria. Neither the Empire’s backing of terrorists in Syria, nor its backing of terrorists in Venezuela is about democracy, freedom, human rights, political prisoners, the economy and the thousands of people suffering and dying. The human suffering is of no importance or concern to the Empire’s foreign policy objectives. If one has any doubts about that, just ask Madeleine Albright:
Madelaine Albright
Lesley Stahl: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it, if it furthers U.S. foreign policy objectives.

This was no slip of the tongue by Madame Albright, and notice she said “we”. She is talking about the “we” that is the Clinton Administration and everybody on his foreign policy team. This is how they really think, act and care-not in private.

The foreign policy objectives and thinking of the Empire do not chance from one presidential administration to another. It has not made any difference whether the administration is Clinton, Bush, Obama or Trump. A half million brown babies in Asia, Africa or Latin America is of no concern to them, especially when those babies get in the way of the Empire’s foreign policy objectives. One million dead babies is of no concern. Five million is of no concern. It is as cold as that, and if one is in doubt then take a look at what is happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 8 million dead and increasing every day, with U.S. meddling and support of the killers.

What is of vital concern to the U.S. Empire is its foreign policy objectives. One important Empire foreign policy objective is the profits of corporations; not democracy and human rights. The Empire is not even that concerned about the best interests and welfare of U.S. citizens, not unless they are bigtime campaign contributors and bribers of politicians.

The corporate profits that the U.S. is concerned about could be for corporate owned banana plantations, cheap labor pools for sweatshops, opening foreign markets to U.S. corporations, or any natural resources below, on, or above the ground. Anything for corporate exploitation in game.

Of vital importance to the Empire is when its foreign policy objectives have to do with oil company profits and anything to do with oil, natural gas, and their shipping lanes, and the strategic pipeline routes for that oil and gas. Oil is vital to the Empire.

Oil has a special roll in U.S. foreign policy. Oil is the important driver of the American way of life (figuratively and literally); oil is important to keep the U.S. economy greased (figuratively and literally); oil is important to fuel the U.S. military which is literally the largest single consumer of oil; and it is of vital importance to control all the oil in the world, all the time. Oil is what the U.S. Empire wants to control for fueling the Empire, and to keep it from fueling potential enemies and their military. Control of oil is the Empire’s way of keeping friends in a straight line too.
Oil serves another vital purpose. It is what backs the U.S. dollar. Oil is literally black-gold. As long as all the oil in the world is transacted in U.S. dollars, then there will always be a demand for U.S. dollars, according to the Empire’s foreign policy thinking. As long as there is a demand for oil, then they think they can print all the U.S. dollars it wants.

The U.S. can seemingly print and create dollars out of thin air, and use those fiat dollars to pay for all the foreign trade deficits with every other country. If one understands how important oil is for the U.S. dollar, then one can understand why half a million dead babies is “worth it”; or a million dead babies, or ten million dead babies; especially if they are brown dead babies and as long as their mangled little corpses are kept out of sight. The corporate Fake News’s job is to keep those dead babies out of the media, and that is what they do unless it is of some propaganda advantage for the Empire to display them.

Once one internalizes just how absolutely vital oil is strategically, militarily and economically to the U.S. Empire, then one can make sense out of U.S. foreign policy objectives. It is absolutely vital for the U.S. Empire to control oil, all of it, all of the time; to control the corporations that explore, refine and market oil; and to control the countries and governments that have the oil in their ground; and to control the countries and the governments that have the transportation routes for that oil (and natural gas). And oil is used to control its friends as well as enemies that vitally need the oil too.

Any country that has oil or the pipeline routes, and a government that is in noncompliance with the U.S. Empire oil policies, then that government is a marked government for regime change. It really does not matter to the Empire’s foreign policy objectives if that marked country is capitalist, fascist, totalitarian, or theocratic; an oligarchy, monarchy or a democracy. Nor do the human rights record of any country matter to U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Any government that uses its oil wealth for the benefit of its own people will sooner or later become a marked government for regime change. Any government that decides to sell its oil in other than U.S. dollars will be a marked government by the Empire. By definition any oil rich socialist government will be marked. Venezuela has a socialist government that controls its own oil, uses that oil for the benefit of its own people and does not sell that oil exclusively in U.S. dollars. Its government is marked for regime change, it has been for a long time and it is under siege now by the Empire.

Looking at U.S. oil policy one realizes that there is no Empire foreign policy contradictions. It does not matters to the Empire if the country is Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Nigeria, Mexico or Canada. The policy is the same and there is no squawking about democracy and human rights as long as a foreign government stays compliant. That is why there is no contradiction for the Empire if a marked government for regime change is a democratically elected governments such as Syria in 1949, Iranian in 1953, Guatemalan in 1954, Chile 1973, Haiti 1991, and Honduras 2009.

A democratically elected socialist government of an oil rich nation that uses its oil for social programs and sells that oil in other than U.S. dollars will definitely be on the Empires hit list. That is why the U.S. Empire has Venezuela in its crosshairs, under siege, and is using overt and covert forces to overthrow the government of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.

The form of government and human rights only enters the Empire’s foreign policy equation when it is dealing with a marked government for regime change. A marked government will never be democratic-enough, and their human rights will always have the spotlight shined on it and criticized. Democracy and human rights are only important if they serve a propaganda purpose, no matter how democratic the government is or what its human rights record. The Fake News is the Empire’s best and faithful propaganda horn that will toot that the marked country is not democratic-enough and violates it peoples human rights.

Once U.S. foreign policy objectives are understood vis-a-vis oil, then one can have a rational understanding of why Venezuela and its oil is so important to the U.S. Empire. It is not about democracy and human rights. Get that straight in your mind.

The only reason the Empire has Venezuela under siege is because of the oil. Are there any questions?


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Norman Pilon
Norman Pilon
Aug 9, 2017 4:59 PM

Reblogged this on Taking Sides.

Jul 31, 2017 3:52 AM

Goebbels and Mussolini would proud for all their achievements from outrite propagandadist to over Corporate statism. Lets be real and what this article has already pointed out. The great Kissinger and GCC vassel ponzi scheme, the Petro-Dollar. De-dollarization is already occurring. It is estimated that the petro-dollar transaction has been halved circa 40 percent of all hydro-carbon extraction is around 40 to 50 percent direct exchange with Iran, Russia and China leading the way. Russia and China have dropped most of their T US bonds hence they will no longer support the wahington consensus/pax-americana/anglo-zionist BY WAY OF DECEPTION YOU MAY WAGE WAR. Lets be frank since 1979 all western economies have been totally financialised to the point that even the simple notion of the commons has been put up for lease. Gramsci had written extensively about the way hegemony works and also warned us. If these vile evil doers get away with Venezuela well Bolivia and Ecuador will not be far off. They have all but succeeded in making the ME full of failed states. Hence as de-dollarization continues we will see the anglo-zionist getting more predictable and dangerous at the same time.
Just look at the fiasco in the congress and senate with the new round of sanctions imposed on North Korea ,Iran and Russia. . These are all aginst WTO and Internsational law. . These modern day robber barons want to due away with the whole Westfallian agreement that has existed for over a century. Its basically winner take all and if not we will spoil it for everybody.
These last sanctions in particular with regards to the Russians is all to do with the petro-dollar and enhancing the new gas and oil boom from
expensive and environmentally destructive form of hydro carbon extraction. See Trump the Frump when he last visited Poland was there to guarantee that US LNG would become a permanent entity in Europe and replace the Nord-Stream and Sud Stream Russian pipeline schemes that are truelly on their way to being completed. The anglo-zionist want to impose more expensive LNG to Europe and look where their distribution points are. Poland Check republic and Hungary . Its like basically creating a virtual new Berlin wall from north to south to isolate Russia from western europe. Gee these anglo-zionist really lack any forethought to their dasterdly schemes.
I have said it b4 and will say it again anglo-zionism is a vile negative entity with regards to anything human.
It is just an extension of the British empire so in reality all pax-americana is the new face of old British Imperialism.

Jul 30, 2017 5:33 PM

Reblogged this on Piazza della Carina.

Aug 4, 2017 2:19 AM
Reply to  carinaragno

Ottimo lavaro.

Paul Baker
Paul Baker
Jul 30, 2017 3:42 PM

Is it really “all” about oil? Oil appears to be in plentiful supply and is cheaper than ever. Or is about the Imperial push for even greater Workd hegemony? The Romans expanded their Empire not just because of grain, slaves and gold but to control the known world. America is the same.

Jul 30, 2017 7:03 PM
Reply to  Paul Baker

@Paul: kinda depends on how much oil there is left???
I don’t think it’s just about the present; more about the future. America is paranoid about the break-up of its hegemony: as this recent DoD report shows. In the ‘post-primacy’ world: China is a major economic threat. China has extended Venezuela a line of credit of around $50bn over the years: which is being paid back on an oil-for-loans basis. Would America wage economic warfare on Venezuela – trying to drive it to default – to prevent the future stability of Chinese fuel security? You know they would.
Beyond oil, there’s socialism: the Bolivarian Revolution. Even a cursory look at post war South American history shows that North Americans hate socialism: especially in their own back yard. And petro-Socialism? The idea that a nation might use its sovereign wealth for its people: that is an ideal that must be eradicated from history, before it catches on.
As for geo-politics? Economically and ideologically: the idea of Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, strengthening ties with China and Russia – creates a new Cold War scenario. So no, it’s not just about the oil: it’s about stopping a rival to America’s “pre-eminence” forming: strategically denying it of fuel. Whilst at the same time, denying access to America’s backyard. It’s as much about hegemony and maintaining the status quo, but yeah, it’s about the oil as well.

fred bloggs
fred bloggs
Jul 31, 2017 12:08 AM
Reply to  Paul Baker

Point being – as the article explains – the Empire needs oil to expand it’s Foreign Policy throughout the world. Much like the Romans tried to. Operative word being ‘tried’; they failed as all evil Empires have failed.

Jul 30, 2017 5:09 AM


Norman Pilon
Norman Pilon
Jul 29, 2017 11:59 PM

” Are there any questions?”
Nope. Everything that needed to be said, got said.

Jul 30, 2017 5:09 AM
Reply to  Norman Pilon


Jul 29, 2017 6:04 PM

“This was no slip of the tongue by Madame Albright, and notice she said “we”. She is talking about the “we” that is…Israel.”
The primary objective with Syria (as with Iraq and Libya) is the Yinon plan for greater Israel.
Oil, gas and water are of course important to them as is their plan of a 3rd temple on the mount.

Jul 29, 2017 5:03 PM

Reblogged this on Worldtruth.

Jul 29, 2017 5:01 PM

It’s not about oil because the greater supplier of oil to United states is my Canada.
It’s all about Maduro’s hatred of the Zionist regime and his good relations with Iran which he inherited from his political mentor late Hugo Chavez. In 2009, Chavez expelled Israeli ambassador and the entire Jewish staff from Caracas over Israel’s war crimes against Gaza people. Netanyahu had blamed Iranian president Ahmadinejad for Chavez’s decision.

Norman Pilon
Norman Pilon
Jul 30, 2017 3:45 AM
Reply to  rehmat1

No, rehmat1, it IS primarily about the oil and who controls it, in exactly the way that David lays it all out.
For you, though, it is only always about one thing and one thing only: the Zionists who are Jews who are Jews who are Zionists who are at the root of all possible earthly woes and troubles. Except that not all Jews are Zionists, and not all Zionists are sufficiently well connected to be a part of and privy to the geopolitical cabals that rule the United States, Europe and Japan, and that together under the flags of those nations comprise the overwhelmingly dominant capitalist triad in the world, few of which are actually Jews, but all of whom are happy to collude with the Israeli oligarchy in their narrow and parochial interests so as in turn to “use” and “lean on” Israel as only one of their/b> military garrisons in the Middle East.
Judaism is a religion, rehmat1, just like Protestantism or Catholicism or Islam, all of which are equally comprised of people from the various and actually contending social strata of the societies in which these survivals of yore continue to exist, strata that actually divide along sharply antagonistic class interests, as in those of the oligarchs and power elites who find their principal allies, not among members of their own religious denomination, but among all other oligarchs and power elites who are mostly or not necessarily of their religious cult or sect, exactly as it is — (or, rather, should be) — for the subaltern or working class elements of these various creeds.
If you want to talk about Zionists and express your disdain for their supremacists ideology, fine. Because Zionism really is at bottom a species of fascism, exactly as is also the ideology of the ruling American elites. But let us be nuanced in our thinking: not every person who identifies as a Jew is a Zionist or a bigot or a racist or a supremacist, just as not every citizen of America is addled by psychopathy of “American Exceptionalism.”
Maybe you don’t fancy yourself an anti-Semite, rehmat1, and maybe you aren’t, but the tone and language of your comments most certainly does come as though your are.
If you aren’t an anti-Semite, you really need to finesse your exposition. And if you are an anti-Semite, how does that make you substantively different from a Zionist? Or a Nazi? Or a fascist? Or a bigot?

Jul 31, 2017 5:57 PM
Reply to  rehmat1

@ Norman Pilon – No rational person likes to waste his time with a hasbara troll.

Greg Bacon
Greg Bacon
Jul 29, 2017 4:05 PM

It’s about Venezuela not getting on its knees and kissing Wall Street and Pentagon ass. It’s about Venezuela using the oil revenues to actually help its people, and not subsiding greedy Americans pigs. Six other South America leaders tried to extricate their nation from Wall Street’s grip and wound up getting cancer about the same time.
Iran learned the hard way what happens when the nation’s leader tells the Big Oil boys to piss off, they get invaded from within and a tyrant installed with a brutal secret police that excelled in tortures, kidnappings, disappearances and instilling terror.
I don’t know if there is such a thing as ‘Karma,’ but if there is, we Americans are in for some serious paybacks, which might wind up wiping our nation off the map.
And if we can’t reform our nasty murderous ways, maybe that’s what we deserve.

Jul 29, 2017 5:06 PM
Reply to  Greg Bacon

Do you imagine the US could accomplish this on it’s own? The UK is just as guilty and complicit, not for nothing we are referred to as Perfidious Albion – a title we richly deserve for our part in direct or indirect death and destruction.

Jul 31, 2017 7:45 PM
Reply to  mohandeer

On Monday, UK’s Lord Justice Baron Roger John Laugharne Thomas and one of his stooges, Sir Duncan Brian Walter Ouseley at country’s highest court declared that former prime minister Tony Blair couldn’t be prosecuted for war crimes over joining US president George Bush invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Why? Because “there is no crime of aggression in English law under which the former prime minister could be charged.”
The judges excuse is laughable. The crime of waging aggressive war was specifically cited in the Nuremberg trials, and so its existence in international law is at a minimum 70 years old. And while it may be argued that the entire international community did not explicitly endorse the Nuremberg proceedings, there is no doubt that the British state endorsed them. The British state was a lead player and key participant in the entire process. So the British state has plainly recognized the crime of waging aggressive war at least since Nuremberg.

Jul 29, 2017 4:00 PM

Lets hope that we can crack Fusion in the near future else many more babies are doomed!

Jul 29, 2017 3:46 PM

The parallel with Syria and indeed other countries that have attempted to manage their own resources for the good of their people echoes of the colonial past! Well written and unnerving. Reminded me of my uni course in Post Colonial Writing!

Jul 29, 2017 3:41 PM

The only question is to ask what any concerned individual or group of individuals can do to change any of this?

Jul 29, 2017 5:08 PM
Reply to  Paul

Put Vaska’s article on your blog, your Facebook page, tweet it, stick it on Google – get the word out, wherever you can.