Are We Meddling?’ – Max Blumenthal confronts lawmakers on what America’s doing in Venezuela

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US members of Congress freeze, fumble and deliver bewildering answers to award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal as he asks Capitol Hill politicians what they think of the US’ open support for Venezuela’s opposition.

Many members of the US Congress are greatly concerned by supposed ‘Russian meddling’ in American affairs. But what do they think about Washington openly getting behind the opposition in Venezuela? In a video, published on his website, the Grayzone Project, Blumenthal asked lawmakers just that.

The politicians were visibly caught off guard by pretty simple and straightforward questions. Several lawmakers couldn’t provide a definitive answer to whether the US public support for opposition leader Juan Guaido could be considered ‘meddling’ in a foreign nation’s affairs.

“Haven’t thought about that,” a baffled lawmaker was heard saying when asked how he would react if Russia recognized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as president of the US.

Washington did something similar to that last week, when President Donald Trump recognized the speaker of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament, Guaido, as the legitimate leader of the country.

Some, like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outright refused to answer questions on Venezuela, saying she is “working on a response.” Others denied that the wholesale US support for Guaido against President Nicolas Maduro constitutes ‘meddling,’ albeit failing to coherently explain why.

“I think we’re just supporting the people and supporting what they are deciding needs to happen, and so I think it’s good of us since we are the bastion of freedom,” Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, stated.

Her Democratic colleague, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, was passionate about protecting Robert Mueller’s probe into the so-called ‘Trump-Russia collusion.’ When asked about meddling in Venezuela, she mumbled: “I don’t know. There’s been a lot against Maduro, who’s awful.”

Only Missouri Democrat Lacy Clay said that the US policy in South America and the Caribbean is “something we should not be proud of.” He opposed the “embargo” on Caracas because its people “will suffer more.” However, even he wasn’t sure whether it was “good meddling or not,” saying that Venezuela wasn’t his “issue.”

Alongside the US, Juan Guaido was recognized as the interim president of Venezuela by a majority of South American countries, including neighboring Colombia and Brazil. France, Spain and Germany vowed to follow suit unless Nicolas Maduro calls a snap election. Their ultimatum was firmly rejected by Maduro. States including Russia, China, Iran and Turkey continue to recognize Maduro as the democratically elected leader of Venezuela.

Reprinted from RT News.


  1. Of course there is a coup…There are millions of oppresses people in other countries where there is nothing to plunder by the large corporations…
    I am with Trump but I do not support the neocons’ plans who make the foreign and domestic policies…
    When asked directly what the “representatives” think about Venezuela almost everyone seems to be in a hurry to leave ;they all know it is a coup and they represent corporations and the NWO none of the American people…

  2. We have relatives trapped and struggling to survive in Venezuela right now. Precious little food, no medicine, no basic supplies. Regular power and water outages. Every trip to the corner is to risk robbery, kidnapping, or death. For millions, it’s much worse than reported in the news. Even former “Chavistas” are now grumbling because the disastrous failure of “Freebieism” is affecting them too. Regardless, should the US be involved in regime change in yet another undeveloped country? Of course not. But this has been the focus of US foreign policy since at least WWII- it won’t stop now. Those who direct Trump (and Obama, Bush, Clinton, et al) want to control Venezuelan oil so Russia and China cannot. Even the idiotic politicians who can’t find Venezuela on a map can understand that.

  3. America doing what it does best, sticking it’s nose where it does not belong. It starts with sanctions, and then leads to acts that cause more pain and suffering for the people, then the CIA moves in for the kill with a coup. The United States should first take care of its own backyard before destroying in the name of democracy other nations. Hell the US in not even a democracy, so why in the name of it do they push it? We are a Constitutional Republic. Are forefathers had the right idea, be friends with all, trade with all, have no enemies, and not treaties, and avoid war unless we have been physically attacked. But the back yard of the USA is so dirty and corrupt, it cannot be cleaned so we must play three card monty with our own people and the world.

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