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It seems that Bernie Sanders got it all wrong again, this time regarding the situation in Venezuela - very disappointing


In an unfortunate series of tweets regarding the situation in Venezuela, Bernie Sanders exposed his weak spot again on foreign policy matters.

Sanders tweeted:




Bernie should know that many opposition protesters, backed by the US, proceeded in extreme actions of violence and even burned alive supporters of the government. And that, despite a high level of election transparency, one that even Jimmy Carter called “the best in the world”, the US and its allies insisted to accuse Venezuela of election fraud. And that, the economic deterioration is primarily a result of the brutal economic warfare waged by the US, which is also considered illegal under the international law.

As a consequence, the confusion of Bernie on the matter can be identified also by some huge contradictions in these three tweets.

In his first tweet he proves his high level of ignorance on the issue and things get worse when in his second tweet he states that "The United States should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people." Considering the awful record of the US interventions in Latin America and Venezuela through dictatorships, attempted coups, puppet regimes and endless propaganda, this is equivalent of asking the 'wolf' to guard the 'sheep'.

And then, something happened, and in his third tweet Bernie states that “But we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups—as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil & the DR. The US has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American nations; we must not go down that road again.” (Notice that from the three tweets, this one had the most likes and the most retweets.)

How does this match the position that the US should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for Venezuela? It almost doesn't make sense, especially under Trump administration. Great confusion.

It is extremely disappointing that Bernie fully adopted the establishment positions in his first tweet. And actually, even worse, he aligned with some of the most hawkish members of the Trump administration, who seek for another regime change by all means. Very unfortunate statement.

It should be useful to mention Ben Norton's replies on Bernie's tweets. They put the issue in the correct framework:





We also dedicate the following WikiLeaks revelation to Bernie who himself fights for a social state in the US: US feared that Venezuela's state oil company could become the main carrier of social policies under Chavez. And we call him to get his information from independent media who actually made him widely known to the American public.

Finally, for comparison, we should mention that only Tulsi Gabbard from the progressive camp had the courage to take a clear position on the issue, against the attempted US-backed coup:


And, of course, Jill Stein:







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