Venezuela: Yesterday’s Failed Coup

White House Starts Beating War Drums   Moon of Alabama May 1, 2019   Yesterday’s failed coup attempt in Venezuela significantly hurt the Trump administration’s international standing. It delegitimized its Venezuelan clients Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo López. After recognizing that their original ‘regime change’ plan failed (again) the White House starts to beat the war drums. That wasn’t the plan: The Trump administration, which has backed Mr. Guaidó since he first challenged Mr. Maduro’s authority more than three months ago, clearly thought the day would unfold differently. There is no official explanation why the Trump administration believed that the comical coup attempt by Juan Guaidó and his master Leopolo López would work. There are signs though that the government of President Nicolas Maduro set a trap. Several people in the top echelon of the Venezuelan government gave false promises that they would join the U.S. proxy side. They snookered Guaidó into launching his coup to let him fail. A Washington Post wrap-up says that everyone expected important people to change sides: The chaos in Caracas indicated that, while a plan had been in motion, it may not have unfolded as anticipated. … Announcements by senior Maduro officials that they were changing sides did not materialize, and the administration appeared increasingly concerned as it debated next steps. … Earlier Tuesday, Bolton had told reporters that Trump is watching political developments...

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