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Venezuela and the Grand Duchy of Fenwick

 

As his socialist regime is circling the toilet, Venezuela strongman Nicolas Maduro is raising the specter of US invasion:

 

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has been claiming for months that most of his country’s problems are the result of an economic war being waged against Venezuela by the United States. Now, with the country collapsing into chaos and opposition figures turning in nearly two million signatures for a recall referendum, Maduro is taking his invasion conspiracy theory to a new level. The NY Times reports:

Venezuela’s military is ready for the looming invasion by the United States.

That was the message President Nicolás Maduro seemed eager to convey over the weekend as he presided over a military exercise that put his country’s troops and weaponry center stage in the midst of a political crisis.

“We’re as ready for an invasion as we’ve ever been,” Mr. Maduro said during a speech, standing in front of an armored vehicle…

Mr. Maduro’s government has been hyping the threat of an American invasion for several weeks. In April, propaganda outlets controlled by the state reported on a supposedly leaked document from the American military that detailed the invasion plan. The document, titled “Venezuela Freedom-2 Operation,” is bogus, a said Col. Lisa Garcia, a spokeswoman for the United States Southern Command.

Needless to say, America is not about to invade Venezuela. This is classic strongman behavior, i.e. find a foreign threat to distract people from their own worsening misery.

Go here to read the rest.  If Maduro wasn’t such an unimaginative thug, I might almost suspect him of being clever.  One of the more profitable undertakings any nation, except the US, can engage in is to declare war on the US and be swiftly beaten.  In flows endless foreign aid.  This basic truth was satirized in the 1959 movie The Mouse That Roared where this stratagem was seized upon by the bankrupt Grand Duchy of Fenwick.  Sadly, their strategy failed because they ended up winning, hilariously, the war.  Who knows?  Perhaps that fear of winning is holding Maduro back.  With Obama at the helm the US might lose a war against Venezuela.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

5 Comments

  1. I would wager that Jorge Bergoglio believes what Nicolas Maduro is saying: that mean old capitalist imperialist United States is planning to invade Venezuela and enslave all those precious poor Latin Americans under the shackles of US corporate greed for the enrichment of all those arms merchants in the white gringo’s military industrial complex. Yes indeed, Jorge Bergoglio believes in exactly that. It is his philosophy, his theology.

  2. Meanwhile, here in the US, specifically in the Bay Area, we have our own pro-Maduro progressives like Robert Reich, now a struggling economics professor at UC Berkeley (his annual salary is $252,000-plus: he teaches one class for 2 hours once a week, according to the American Enterprise Institute), who announced yesterday he is supporting Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton (talk about biting the hand that fed him!) in a short interview yesterday at the Golden Bear campus.

    Reich in announcing his support for Trotsky, er, Bernie, sadly intoned that the reason he is doing so is that “the system is broken, and it must be fixed.”

    Mr. Reich, whose father had a modest retail store in Scranton,PA and was able, as a wicked capitalist entrepreneur, to put his son through Dartmouth in the 60’s, feels for the 99%. (He later won a scholarship to Oxford where he met Bill and Hillary Clinton, hence his being Labor Secretary in ’93-97).

    Reich suffers through his $40,000-an-hour speech-fee collections, ever cognizant of the downtrodden proletariat, and we are sure can barely meet his obligations (he is now worth about $4 MIllion net—interesting, according to celebritynetworth.com). But he is not part of the “1%”, mind you, but hates those CEO’s that are stealing from ordinary Americans (in 2014 the average CEO made $178k annually compared to suffering Robert’s $252k salary).

    Onward, comrades!

  3. “Socialist President Nicolas Maduro has been claiming for months that most of his country’s problems are the result of an economic war being waged against Venezuela by the United States. Now, with the country collapsing into chaos and opposition figures turning in nearly two million signatures for a recall referendum, Maduro is taking his invasion conspiracy theory to a new level.”

    This may be the only time we can be thankful that Barack Obama is President. His very existence makes Maduro’s accusation prima facie absurd.

  4. I remember the movie ” The Mouse That Roared.” with Peter Sellers and Peter Ustinov. Classic British humour.

    Sadly, that humour has disappeared, along with British Christianity. Their humour is so tawdry now.

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