Why is America overthrowing the Maduro government in Venezuela
After a supposed coup attempt in Venezuela : "Found food for Maduro"
Operation Gideon was concocted for the invasion of Venezuela in September in a high-rise apartment in Miami. Present: The windy, arch-conservative Venezuelan political advisor Juan José Rendón, Sergio Vergara and the 43-year-old US veteran Jordan Goudreau, who owns a security company. Rendón and Vergara had recently been appointed special ambassadors by Venezuela's counter-president Juan Guaidó. Guaidó declared himself transitional president in January 2019 - and was officially recognized by around 60 countries, including Germany and the USA.
He should come to power through the invasion and the socialist President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro should be overthrown. It was only on Saturday that 34 people were arrested in connection with the allegedly attempted "mercenary" invasion, the government said. Further suspects are being searched for under high pressure. "We'll get them all," said Maduro.
How the invasion was planned reads like a script from a Rambo film: 800 mercenaries previously trained in Colombia were supposed to penetrate Venezuela via the sea and the green border and form insurgent cells. On orders, a commando was supposed to bring Maiquetía airport under its control, attack a second barracks to distract soldiers, track down a third ruler, Maduro, kidnap it to the airport and take it out of the country. The population, according to the calculation, will quickly take the side of the “liberators” in the face of an economy of shortage and repression. The US, which has offered a $ 15 million bounty on Maduro, should provide the necessary political backing.
The contract for 212 million US dollars was signed in October - payable after completion of the mission with secured assets of the government clique. Guaidó is said to have signed the document. He denies this, but not the contacts of his emissaries. Goudreau was chosen because he made the cheapest deal and had good relations with the US government, said Rendón. He gave him a $ 50,000 advance, out of pocket, he claims.
"The opposition betrayed us"
But as with the Bay of Pigs invasion, with which Cubans in exile tried to overthrow the Cuban government with US support in 1961, nothing went smoothly with the Venezuelan plan. The 800 mercenaries never showed up. Instead, the Venezuelan ex-general Cliver Alcalá, who was friends with Goudreau, recruited volunteers among the migrants in Colombian exile. Goudreau's good contacts were limited to a bodyguard of US Vice Minister Mike Pence, who, however, denied having spoken to Goudreau about it.
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Alcalá was apparently looking for support from Colombian intelligence services, but was ordered, according to the AP, to put any overturn plans on hold or he would lose his political asylum. The US secret service CIA got wind of the plan and tried to prevent Goudreau from doing so, reports the portal "Connecting Vets". "Many knew about it, but nobody wanted to support us," the opposition MP Hernán Alemán complained to the AP. Guaidó was also too scared. According to Rendón, the opposition called off the plan because they distrusted Alcalá.
The deserter is seen as a dubious trader; his brother acts as Maduro's ambassador to Iran. Goudreau, for his part, got on very well with Alcalá, both spoke the same military language and had little sympathy for the civilian oppositionists.
The training camps set up at the beginning of the year in the Colombian Guajira, a desert-like area in the Colombian-Venezuelan border region, were precarious, but did not go unnoticed. Smugglers are just as active there as former guerrillas who are close to Maduro. Breakdown followed breakdown: A load of Alcalá weapons was intercepted by the Colombian police in March, Alcalá remained free, but was placed on the US wanted list for drug trafficking shortly afterwards.
Before turning himself in, he gave a nervous Skype interview in which he spoke of "weapons for the liberation of Venezuela with the approval of Guaidó". "Everything was ready, but the opposition, which wants to continue to coexist with Maduro, betrayed us."
Maduro speaks of a failed speedboat invasion
The number two of the Venezuelan regime, Diosdado Cabello, announced on television that the commando had long since been infiltrated. "We knew who was funding them, what they ate and drank, and we even paid for some," boasted Cabello. According to Rendón, the plan to invade had long since been called off and no more money flowed.
But the Venezuelan leadership apparently continued to expect an invasion by sea, alarmed by the sea blockade imposed by the US government in the Caribbean. According to the "Caracas Chronicles" portal, this explains the attempted capture of the German cruise ship "RCGS Resolute" off the island of Tortuga, where the patrol boat of the Venezuelan army sank.
President Maduro recently announced on state television that man
had thwarted a speedboat invasion of Macuto and an assassination attempt, and two US mercenaries were among those arrested. Macuto is densely populated, close to a naval base and the main seaport; the road to Caracas is full of military controls. "It's like trying to conquer the United States with a suicide mission from Venice Beach," scoffed "Caracas Chronicles". Meanwhile, Goudreau launched a video in combat dress from Florida and announced that the operation was ongoing and that 52 men were deployed. To arrest Maduro was unsuccessful, now there is a partisan war.
Maduro likened the incident to the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Meanwhile, Guaidó spoke of a maneuver to arrest him and intensify the repression against opposition groups. "The failed invasion was found food for Maduro at the perfect time," tweeted Eric Farnsworth of the US think tank "Council of America".
The regime’s propaganda machine is now running at full speed. Accompanied by journalists, another commando was set up, and US ID cards for the militiamen, their equipment and a steel helmet with a US flag were published. In one of the videos, US mercenary Luke Denman confessed that US President Donald Trump organized the whole action. "It is another victory for Maduro over an awkward, weak opposition," says "Caracas Chronicles". Sandra Weiss
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