‘Hapless’ Guaido ‘worth more dead than alive’ to Venezuela coup cause – Ron Paul Institute director

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido failed to kick-start a military uprising on Tuesday. After this fizzle, his life may be in danger from his own CIA backers, the director of the Ron Paul Institute argued in a debate.

Daniel McAdams and Ron Paul, the former libertarian representative from Texas, discussed the repeated attempts by Guaido to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with the backing from the US government. Despite all the efforts, Maduro remains in power, supported by many Venezuelans and in control of its military and police forces.

Paul said he was concerned that the Latin American country may be plunged into large-scale violence by some provocation.

“The big danger is a hard war breaking out. I’d still bet it won’t be too bad, with thousands of troops moving. But it could be a guerrilla war or something like that. If there is a false flag or some important official on either side gets killed, you can’t tell what might happen,” he said.

McAdams pointed out that Guaido himself, with his record of failing to mobilize the protest against the Maduro government, could be a target for such a provocation.

He has been a kind of a hapless figure so far. He calls for mass protests and no one shows up. I don’t think he realizes right now that he is actually now worth more dead than alive not only to the CIA, but also to his own opposition people. A shot in the crowd or something like that to take Guaido out. It might shock you, Dr. Paul, but the CIA is pretty good at this kind of things.

He said Tuesday’s events, when Guaido declared a military-backed coup to be underway in Caracas which as of now seems to have led to little consequence for Maduro, seemed like an act of desperation.

“[Guaido] said: ‘this is the final phase of [the] plan to overthrow the government’. It sort of smacks of desperation because he declared himself [interim] president in January and nothing happened. He kept trying to do things to get the military to turn and he was unsuccessful,” he said.

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Paul blasted US officials rooting vigorously for Guaido and his efforts to seize power in Venezuela while denouncing with indignation things like the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“How many places have we been involved in in the last 20-30-40-50 years? I mean – that’s our business. It’s solidifying our empire,” he said. “I think it’s pure hypocrisy for us to think that we are doing [the interference in Venezuela] and we are against government interference. We love it, except’ when we don’t.”

The devoted constitutionalist added people like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or National Security Advisor John Bolton, who appealed to Venezuelan soldiers to protect their nation’s constitution by siding with Guaido, were “a bunch of clowns.”

They don’t have the vaguest notion about what the constitutional law in our country would be like. And they are going to restore the constitutional law in other countries? It’s just clichés and nonsense!


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  1. Why just ask for American Accountability when it comes only for Latin America ? What about others like the badly effected Far away Asians ….. Everybody deserves a litsenning and most probably a deep heartfelt apology ……

  2. Creating a martyr may work better than one can imagine at the 1st moment. How often have we seen this in the political landscape ? And the weaker “play the victim-card” is stronger than being the stronger part.

  3. The transition of value between martyr and leader is tenuous when dealing with those who value the outcome for their accounts above all else.
    Guaido does not have currency he can bargain with. Good luck dude. I wouldn’t want to be trading in those economics. Looks like losses are the best route. I think they call it Put.
    1a : to place in a specified position or relationship : LAY
    put the book on the table
    b : to move in a specified direction
    c(1) : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : THRUST
    (2) : to throw with an overhand pushing motion
    put the shot
    d : to bring into a specified state or condition
    a reapportionment … that was put into effect at the September primaries
    — Current Biography
    e : to prescribe a specified regimen for —usually used with on
    put her on medication
    put him on a diet
    2a : to cause to endure or suffer something : SUBJECT
    put traitors to death

  4. Ron Paul is right they are “a bunch of clowns.” Unfortunately we have that clown car to hell in the Whitehouse.

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