The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight is a funny 1969 novel written by Jimmy Breslin about the mob.
It could also describe the laughable failure of the US-backed military coup attempt yesterday in Venezuela.
It was laughable except for a couple of things.
As a result of Trump’s acts of aggression towards Venezuela the economic situation in that country is dire.
Estimates are that 40,000 people may have died as a result of U.S. sanctions.
And the people in charge of U.S. policy towards Venezuela are crazy. Crazy enough to get us into another war.
Elliot Abrams? This guy gets another shot at something?
The last time Abrams was given a governmental responsibility we ended up in wars in Iraq and against the Sandinistas in El Salvador.
Those didn’t go well.
He needed a pardon from President Herbert Walker Bush.
And like the lead up to the war in Iraq, the U.S. media is in full support of the war effort.
A FAIR survey of US opinion journalism on Venezuela found no voices in elite corporate media that opposed regime change in that country. Over a three-month period (1/15/19–4/15/19), zero opinion pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post took an anti–regime change or pro-Maduro/Chavista position. Not a single commentator on the big three Sunday morning talkshows or PBS NewsHour came out against President Nicolás Maduro stepping down from the Venezuelan government.
Leading Democratic Party presidential candidates like Joe Biden also support Trump’s attempted regime change in Venezuela.
“The U.S. must stand with the National Assembly & Guaidó in their efforts to restore democracy through legitimate, internationally monitored elections,” Biden said yesterday.
Meanwhile, progressives within and outside the Democratic Party are denouncing the build up to war.
Remember when Elliot Abrams appeared before a Congressional committee and faced Congressmember Ilhan Omar?
REP. ILHAN OMAR: In 1991, you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.
ELLIOTT ABRAMS: If I can respond to that—
REP. ILHAN OMAR: It wasn’t a question.
When Trump was a candidate he ran as an opponent of the neocons and interventionism.
Now he’s put them in charge of U.S. policy towards Venezuela.
Their record is clear and it won’t end well.