Venezuela regime-change champion John Bolton says US won’t tolerate foreign meddling in the country
Washington abhors the thought of foreign actors intervening in the Western hemisphere, and calls on the Venezuelan military to support the US-backed opposition leader in Caracas, John Bolton has thoughtfully tweeted. Come again?
“The United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law. The Venezuelan military must stand with the people of Venezuela,” the national security adviser wrote on Monday.
The United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law. The Venezuelan military must stand with the people of Venezuela.— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 25, 2019
The tweet was clearly directed at Moscow, which sent Russian military personnel to Caracas to discuss defense industry cooperation with Venezuela. The consultations, however, were not related to the political turmoil in the country, and had been scheduled long before Juan Guaido, with full backing from Washington, declared himself Venezuela’s leader in January.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza expressed disbelief over Washington’s attempt to frame defense cooperation between Venezuela and Russia as some sort of devious imperialist plot. He noted that it was pure “cynicism” for the US, with “more than 800 military bases in the world,” to lecture others about alleged foreign meddling.
Vaya cinismo que un país como EEUU, con más de 800 bases militares en el mundo, buena parte de ellas en América Latina, y un presupuesto militar creciente de más de $700 millardos, pretenda interferir en los programas de cooperación técnica - militar entre Rusia y Venezuela.— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) March 25, 2019
In total, Bolton’s very airtight Twitter prose received more than 800 responses, with many inquiring about Bolton’s train of thought.
“I am sure that other countries feel the same way about us,” one weary Twitter user responded.
I am sure that other countries feel the same way about us.— Tony Wilks (@ControirMedia) March 26, 2019
“Oh the irony,” quipped another member of the Twitterati.
Oh the irony— pfunkhouser (@Lando_Calrizzle) March 26, 2019
“Is this some sort of Vaudeville sketch?” asked journalist Patrick Henningsen.
Is this some sort of Vaudeville sketch?— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) March 26, 2019
Others were impressed by Bolton’s 19th century foreign policy positions.
“President Bolton reinvokes the Imperialist geopolitical ideology of the Monroe Doctrine over the entire Western Hemisphere,” observed analyst Mark Sleboda.
President Bolton reinvokes the Imperialist geopolitical ideology of the Monroe Doctrine over the entire Western Hemisphere https://t.co/3lQW99iCyW— Mark Sleboda (@MarkSleboda1) March 26, 2019
“John Bolton s**tting on people for meddling in others’ affairs..... classic,” one Twitter user noted.
The senior White House adviser has repeatedly used Twitter as a means to disseminate his unique vision for the world. Aside from his countless pronouncements about the need for regime change in Venezuela, Bolton has also targeted Iran and Syria with strongly worded tweets.
A message to the Ayatollah of Iran: "For all your boasts, for all your threats to the life of the American President, YOU are responsible for terrorizing your own people." #40YearsofFailurepic.twitter.com/gpCL1FeLis— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 11, 2019
Once again, the people of Venezuela have taken to the streets in support of a peaceful democratic transition to Interim President Juan Guaido. It is time for the Venezuelan military high command to stand alongside its people, not with Maduro’s Cuban patrons. pic.twitter.com/8KS7zZzfb2— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 13, 2019
Bolton’s insistence that the Western hemisphere is a US-only playground is also nothing new.
“In this administration we’re not afraid to use the phrase ‘Monroe Doctrine,’” Bolton said earlier in March.
“[Venezuela] is a country in our hemisphere and it’s been the objective of American presidents going back to Ronald Reagan to have a completely Democratic hemisphere.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described Bolton’s statement as “arrogant” and “insulting” to all the countries in Latin America.Also on rt.com Bolton says Trump ‘very serious’ about ‘all options’ as Venezuela dismantles ‘terrorist cell’
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