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The US Military Is Training Third World Coup Leaders Again

Posted by M. C. on April 19, 2022

by Ted Galen Carpenter

Fear regarding the strength of Islamic extremism in Africa now appears to have reached the point that AFRICOM leaders are content to do the same. A willingness to work with graduates of the SOA who orchestrated coups and committed human rights abuses in Latin America disgraced the US military. The apparent indifference of the US military hierarchy to similar behavior by African alumni of US training programs creates the prospect of a similar disgrace.

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Americans should be experiencing an uneasy sense of déjà vu. In the last two years, U.S.-trained officers have overthrown West African governments at least four times.  There are indications that other graduates have undermined civilian governments in other portions of the continent. But U.S. military officials have been less than informative. US Africa Command (AFRICOM) can’t explain why there has been a surge in coups. Indeed, AFRICOM insists that it doesn’t even know how often they’ve happened. That position reflects convenient ignorance, at best.

Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Rohling, the commander of US Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, insists that the Pentagon’s objective is to “showcase a way, the American way, that we train and build leaders not only in their tactical tasks, but in the ethos of the United States Army.” But as analyst Nick Turse, a fellow at The Nation Institute, observes, those values have been lacking in Africa, especially in West Africa, “where U.S.-trained officers have attempted at least nine coups (and succeeded in at least eight) across five West African countries, including Burkina Faso (three times), Guinea, Mali (three times), Mauritania, and the Gambia. The four most recent coups by US trainees have occurred in Burkina Faso (2022), Guinea (2021) and twice in Mali (2020 and 2021).”

The latest cases of officers who had received US military training going on to stage an epidemic of coups in Africa is reminiscent of the long, odious history of the School of the Americas (SOA). The US Army established that training center in 1946 at Fort Benning, Georgia. The curriculum emphasized the most up-to-date military tactics, especially in counterinsurgency warfare. But that was not the sole mission of the school. In addition to core military training, the goal supposedly was to educate officers from allied countries in Latin America about the importance of democratic values and civilian control of the military. During the next 54 years, the SOA trained more than 63,000 soldiers from 21 countries,

It is not certain whether US officials were sincere about promoting a commitment to democracy, or whether that stated objective was merely cynical propaganda. In any case, the results were appallingly bad. A December 2000 ABC News story by investigative reporter Barbara Starr noted that “The list of graduates from the School of the Americas is a who’s who of Latin American despots. Students have included Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri of Argentina, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia.”

In addition to the School of the Americas being an incubator for future coup leaders, graduates amassed a horrid record on human rights. Critics derided the institution as a school for dictators, torturers, and assassins. The track record seemed to support that assessment. According to Starr, “graduates cut a swath through El Salvador during its civil war, being involved in the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the El Mozote massacre in which 900 peasants were killed, and the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests.”

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Michael Moore Admits: The Left Will Attempt a Coup – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on November 17, 2020

More specifically, they will seek to eliminate “that” which gives non-leftists – those who hold traditional, liberal, democratic and American values – a fair chance at electoral or legislative success. We urge you to pay careful attention to Moore’s language: the Left’s goal is not to try to implement their agenda through our system as it stands now. Their goal is to “eliminate” anything that may stand in their way.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/11/vasko-kohlmayer/michael-moore-admits-the-left-will-attempt-a-coup/

By Vasko Kohlmayer

“We are all eager to join with you to repair the damage done to our country — and to eliminate that about our society and our politics which gave us Donald Trump in the first place” wrote the filmmaker Michael Moore in his open letter to Joe Biden the other day.

This statement by the Oscar-winning director should put everyone on alert, because it contains a chilling revelation of the hard left’s ultimate objective. Change the name “Donald Trump” for the term “conservative” or the phrase “everyone who is not a leftist” and you get an idea. Confident they have gotten a hold on the presidency, the hard left will now attempt to fundamentally alter our system in a way that would make it impossible for anyone to challenge their hold on power.

More specifically, they will seek to eliminate “that” which gives non-leftists – those who hold traditional, liberal, democratic and American values – a fair chance at electoral or legislative success. We urge you to pay careful attention to Moore’s language: the Left’s goal is not to try to implement their agenda through our system as it stands now. Their goal is to “eliminate” anything that may stand in their way. They do not mean to play by the rules of the game. They wish to change the parameters in a manner that would give them a permanent advantage.

Read what else Moore had to say in his missive to Joe Biden:

“I was so moved by your victory speech Saturday night when you told the immigrants and the children of immigrants that the Dreamers no longer had to live in fear. That Muslims were once again welcomed into our country. That the world could breathe a sigh of relief because we were going to let the planet Earth itself breathe and have some relief. And you told the teachers of America that starting January 20th, ‘one of your own will be living in the White House.’ That just felt instantly good.”

You can sense from the tone of Moore’s letter how confident and elated the hard left feels about its prospects. Some of the measures they will try to force in their effort to permanently ensconce themselves in power include:

  • Allowing unrestrained immigration from Latin America
  • Mass importation of Muslims into the United States
  • Elimination of the Electoral College
  • Making widespread postal voting a permanent feature of America’s electoral process
  • Packing the Supreme Court
  • Awarding Washington DC representation in US Congress
  • Ending the senate filibuster
  • Using teachers’ unions to further speed up and deepen indoctrination of students in public schools
  • Imposition of extreme environmentalist agenda such as the New Green Deal
  • Blacklisting and punishing those who oppose their policies or support non-leftist candidates for office
  • Destruction of the middle-class under the guise of COVID and other purported health emergencies
  • Institution of widespread political correctness through the codification of hate speech laws
  • Acceleration of the LGBT agenda in public schools and institutions
  • Indoctrination of government employees, contractors and recipients of federal funding through critical race theory and other Marxist-derived systems of thought

Even if they accomplish only seventy percent of their agenda, the Left’s hold on power will become for all practical purposes unshakeable. Thus, what they are trying to effect is nothing short of a coup, which would guarantee one Party a permanent grasp on government.

The election we just had was not yet the full coup. It was only its first stage. It is possible to have the occasional stolen election and still preserve democracy. Election theft has happened in the United States before. In the 1960 contest between Kennedy and Nixon, for example, the former was given the edge by stuffed ballot boxes from Chicago which, back then, was run by the notoriously unscrupulous mayor Richard Daley. Kennedy himself admitted so much in private. According to a piece in the American Spectator,

“[T]he day after the election, Kennedy told his friend and future Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee that Daley had told him that he had won Illinois by fraud…”

Despite the fraud the system was essentially preserved, because Kennedy was no far left extremist bent on radically altering the parameters of America’s electoral or societal landscape.

The coup that is in the works now will have succeeded when the Left alters the system to the point when it becomes impossible to dislodge them through fair elections. As of now, they have “only” stolen an election as the first step. If Biden manages to ascend to power, they will attempt to execute their coup d’état in full.

If they succeed, they will try their best to preserve the appearance of democracy in America. After all, every totalitarian system has regular and “transparent” elections. In all such contests, the citizens of the afflicted country “show” their love for the Party by giving it close to one 100 percent of their vote. Only the subversives and enemies of the People display ingratitude by voting contrary to what is good for them. But then their careers (as well as their existence) are usually short-lived.

Michael Moore’s open letter also reveals just how distorted leftists’ view of reality is. In his cloying dispatch to Biden, he thanked him for “being a good man.” To most people it has been long obvious that Joe Biden is a corrupt establishment politician who has been gaming the system for his personal benefit. The contents of his son’s infamous laptop revealed just how deeply corrupt he and his family are. Here are just some of their exploits that have come to light:

“Hunter was getting roughly $1 million per year from Burisma. Treasury Department alerts reveal that Russian oligarch Elena Baturina wired $3.5 million to Biden’s interests. New text messages reveal that China Energy Company Ltd (CEFC) apparently paid $5 million to the Biden family. Another email indicates Hunter demanded a $10 million-per-year “fee” from one of his Chinese business partners.”

Using his public position to enrich himself and his kin to the tune of millions of dollars, Joe Biden knows how to take care of business. Even the purportedly saintly Mrs. Biden was involved in the illicit enterprise. Holding positions in their fake companies, she helped funnel money that Joe and Hunter generated through their dirty dealings to members of their family including Joe’s brother James (read here). Astoundingly, despite Joe Biden’s extensive corruption and abuse of public trust – some of which likely merits criminal convictions – Michael Moore publicly praises him as “a good man.” With this being said, Michael Moore is a greater danger to the future and well-being of this country than the former vice president. Driven by a revolutionary impulse, Moore is an uncompromising ideologue with a twisted moral sense. As is the case with most fierce leftists, his values are completely inverted. To him what is corrupt is good, what is good is bad and what is sacred is despicable. Just watching Moore move and speak gives one a feeling of unease. Clearly troubled but energetic and creative, people like him can wreak a great deal of damage.

Let us, then, not forget his portentous words. Let them sink in and ponder their true meaning, for the talented Mr. Moore expressed the Left’s plans and heartfelt desire more eloquently than anyone ever could:

“We are all eager to join with you to repair the damage done to our country — and to eliminate that about our society and our politics which gave us Donald Trump [non-leftists] in the first place.”

Thus speak totalitarians.

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“No No You Guys, THIS US-Backed Coup Is Perfectly Legitimate!” – Caitlin Johnstone

Posted by M. C. on November 15, 2019

As happens every single time the US tries to overthrow a government these days, social media is currently swarming with small, brand-new and suspicious-looking accounts, many of which are publishing the same words verbatim, all defending and supporting the coup.

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/11/14/no-no-you-guys-this-us-backed-coup-is-perfectly-legitimate/

I just keep tripping on how dumb this latest US-backed military coup is. It’s in Bolivia in case you’ve lost track, which would be perfectly understandable since US-backed coups have become kind of like US mass shootings–there’s so many of them they’re starting to blend into each other.

I mean, for starters the justifications for this one are so cartoonishly reachy and desperate it boggles the mind a bit. The main argument you’ll see in favor of the coup is that Evo Morales was elected after Bolivia’s high court ruled that he could run for a fourth term, but the (democratically elected) court ruled against a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.

That’s it. That weird, pedantic appeal to a particular interpretation of bureaucratic technicalities is the whole entire argument in support of a literal military coup backed by the United States.

And make no mistake, that’s exactly what this was: the military ousting a government is precisely the thing that a coup is. The coup’s Christian fascist leader Luis Fernando Camacho openly tweeted that the military was actively pursuing Morales’ arrest prior to the ousted leader’s escape to Mexico, a tweet he later deleted presumably because the admission makes it much harder to call this military coup anything other than the thing that it is. The Grayzone has published an article documenting this coup’s many ties to Washington. Put it all together, and you’ve got a US-backed military coup.

As happens every single time the US tries to overthrow a government these days, social media is currently swarming with small, brand-new and suspicious-looking accounts, many of which are publishing the same words verbatim, all defending and supporting the coup. Some of them try to argue that Morales rigged last month’s election, but that’s totally bogus and evidence-free. Others try to claim that “the people” of Bolivia opposed Morales, strongly implying that he was universally loathed, but that claim is invalidated by the election results and the massive demonstrations against the coup.

So the only actual argument really boils down to “Well he ran for another term, and yeah he won, and yeah the democratically elected high court ruled he could run again, but a loud and violent minority of Bolivians don’t want him to be president. What choice do you have in such circumstances other than to support a literal military coup?”

Which is just so crazy. That’s how low the bar has sunk for supporting the toppling of a government today. They don’t have to claim he’s starving his own people. They don’t have to claim that he’s using chemical weapons. They don’t have to claim that he’s governing without the consent of the voting populace. Just “Yeah well some of us don’t like him and there’s some paperwork we disagree on.”

I mean really, how much lower can the bar get for when a US-backed military coup is justified? “Oh, that government needed to be toppled because the leader got a parking ticket once”? “Well the president wore white after Labor Day, and that’s a fashion atrocity”?

So the Morales-supporting line of succession has been ousted and many of his supporters in the government arrested by masked men, and now the US-approved interim president is an appalling racist and absolute dimwit who calls to mind a very low-budget Bolivian version of Sarah Palin.

It’s absolutely amazing how many people all across the political spectrum have been sucked in by this ridiculousness. How lost do you have to be to believe that this US-backed military coup is different from all the others? How many times is Charlie Brown going to run up and try to kick Lucy’s football?

That bitch is never gonna let you kick that goddamn football, Charlie Brown. And this US-backed military coup isn’t going to be any more moral, legal or beneficial than all the others.

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Washington Has Disassociated America from Good and Deprived Her of Moral Basis – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. on November 13, 2019

That some Americans are unable to comprehend the difference between endorsing Trump and endorsing accountable government is frightening. How can our country survive in accordance with our Constitution if Americans are incapable of rational thought, if they cannot understand their clearly written native language, if they cannot understand that a coup is a coup against democracy?

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/11/12/washington-has-disassociated-america-from-good-and-deprived-her-of-moral-basis/

Paul Craig Roberts

Not long ago I read that a US Assistant Secretary of State, or perhaps it was a member of the National Security Council, said that now that Washington had reestablished control over Ecuador, it would not be long before the governments of Bolivia, Venezuela, and Cuba would be overthrown.

Venezuela is proving to be hard for Washington to crack. Washington was banking on its NGO forces paid to stage protests, together with monetary bribes to the Venezuelan military, to chase Maduro out of office. But so far the Venezuelan military has refused to desert their country for Washington. Washington can, of course, raise the offer to the generals. Perhaps the generals are awaiting larger bribes.

However, the Bolivian military took the money and on the basis of protests organized by US-financed NGOs and the National Endowment for Overthrowing Democracy forced Evo Morales out of office. This is a huge loss for Bolivia.

Morales is the first president since the founding of Bolivia to come from the indigenous population. His seventy-nine predecessors were all members of the Spanish colonial elite allied with Washington. Together they plundered the country.

Washington considers Morales “leftist” because he focused on using Bolivian resources to reduce Bolivian poverty and to create a better life for Bolivians instead of for the profits of US corporations and banks and the Spanish elites who ruled Bolivia for Washington.

Self-determination in the southern hemisphere is simply not permitted by Washington or by its overthrow agent, the misnamed US “National Endowment for Democracy,” which is a well-financed organization for overthrowing real democracy.

Now that Bolivia is back in Washington’s hands, you can count on Wikipedia to rewrite Morales biography and cast him as a corrupt politician who was oppressing the Bolivian people.

Indeed, president Trump has already disposed of Morales as a man of the people. The hapless American president has praised the corrupt Bolivian military, which accepted Washington’s money to force out of office a president who represented Bolivia instead of Washington, as an agent of freedom and democracy.

The coup engineered by Washington used an election disputed only by Washington and its NGO protesters to charcterize Morales as an illegitimate president who tried to “overtride the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people.”

Trump actually described America’s overthrow of the democratic governemnt in Bolivia as “bringing the world one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.”

Trump went on to describe the American overthrow of democratic government in Bolivia as a warning to the “illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail.” What Trump means by “democracy and the will of the people” is the interests of the New York Banks and American corporations known for their exploitation of Latin America. A “free Western Hemisphere” means free for exploitation by US business interests. An “illegitimate government” is one elected by the people instead of one put in office by Washington.

The former Ecuadoran president, Rafael Correa, who gave Julian Assange asylum and has been forced to seek safety abroad from Lenin Moreno, the corrupt tyrant Washington has imposed on Ecuador, said that the elected president of Bolivia was forced out in a Washington coup and that the Organization of American States is an instrument of US domination. He is correct. Moreno himself is proof of it. Moreno, a Washingon imposition unacceptable to the people of Ecuador, has been driven out of the capital by protesters.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/10/08/ecuador-protestors-move-into-captial-president-leaves-quito/3914546002/ Nevertheless, Washington still claims that Lenin Moreno, who sold Julian Assange to Washington for a $4.3 billion IMF loan, brought freedom back to Ecuador.

The Venezuela government sees the situation the same as Rafael Correa. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/statement-bolivarian-republic-venezuela-coup-bolivia

Trump has presided over a major crime against humanity. This would be a valid reason to impeach him.

I will receive emails from some readers wanting to know how I can attack Trump and still endorse him. Such letters show the failure of American education. I have never endorsed Trump. I endorsed the goals that got him elected—normalization of relations with Russia and bringing the offshored American middle class jobs home. I predicted accurately that Trump knew nothing of Washington and would be unable to appoint anyone capable of serving his agenda. Trump undertook to drain the swamp while staffing himself with the proprietors of the swamp.

In my recent columns—https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/11/07/a-successful-coup-against-trump-will-murder-american-democracy/ and https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/11/08/only-donald-trump-can-save-american-democracy-and-only-with-our-support/ — I do not endorse Trump. I endorse American Democracy and truth. If an elected American president can be removed in an orchestrated coup as Morales was, the American people will have lost all control over their government. Both political parties seem to desire this result. Those Democrats and progressives who just want Trump out of the White House and those Republicans who won’t defend him from false charges do not comprehend the price to democracy of removing an elected president via orchestrated coup.

That some Americans are unable to comprehend the difference between endorsing Trump and endorsing accountable government is frightening. How can our country survive in accordance with our Constitution if Americans are incapable of rational thought, if they cannot understand their clearly written native language, if they cannot understand that a coup is a coup against democracy?

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Venezuela – Guaidó Got Snookered – Moon of Alabama

Posted by M. C. on May 2, 2019

https://www.moonofalabama.org/

Venezuela – Guaidó Got Snookered – White House Starts Beating War Drums

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:…

Everyone in Washington believed that significant figures in the Venezuelan government would change sides. They did not do so. Vladimir Padrino rejected the coup within an hour after Guaidó announced it. It seems that the Guaidó side got played by the Venezuelan Defense Minister and several other officials and officers. They seem to have promised to support Guaidó only to bait him into taking steps that would embarrass him.

A McClatchy piece headlined “What went wrong?” seems to confirm this interpretation:…

The total failure of the coup is obvious when one looks at what happened to Leopoldo López, the mentor of Juan Guaidó. He was under house arrest for leading the violent demonstrations and deadly riots in 2014. Yesterday morning the guards let him go. While the circumstances are not clear, the police chief responsible for the guards has been fired. López promised his followers that he would go to the Miraflores Presidential Palace. But he wasn’t even able to leave eastern Caracas. Yesterday evening López, with his wife and daughter, fled into the Chilean embassy. They seem to have disliked the accommodations. Two hours later they moved into the Spanish embassy. While the embassy food may be good, it will be a quite different life than in their own comfortable mansion. A few of the soldiers who supported Guaidó took refuge in the Brazilian embassy. Guaidó is still free….

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The Coming Coup to Overthrow President Trump: Sedition at the Highest Levels – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Posted by M. C. on July 22, 2018

Sooner or later Putin and Lavrov will have to acknowledge that. Once Putin and Lavrov realize the true situation, they will understand that war or surrender is their only option.

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/07/19/the-coming-coup-to-overthrow-president-trump-sedition-at-the-highest-levels/

Paul Craig Roberts

The annual budget of the military/security complex is $1,000 billion. This vast sum is drawn from US taxpayers who have many unmet needs. To justify such an enormous budget a major enemy is required. The military/security complex and the media and politicians that the complex owns have designated Russia to be that enemy. The complex and its political and media agents will not permit Trump to normalize relations with Russia.

To prevent President Trump from reducing the dangerous tensions between nuclear powers that Washington has created, the military/security complex orchestrated Russiagate, a proven hoax, but believed by many due to its endless repetition. The military/security complex orchestrated the false indictments of 12 Russians. The military/security complex orchestrated the false arrest of Maria Butina… Read the rest of this entry »

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Tillerson Talks Possible Venezuela Military Coup, Asks Maduro to Resign – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by M. C. on February 2, 2018

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/02/01/tillerson-talks-possible-venezuela-military-coup-asks-maduro-to-resign/

Venezuela’s military has historically deep ties to the US, which has led to past coup attempts being pinned on the US. Tillerson, in his comments, may be trying to get out in front of the next attempt by disavowing direct involvement before it even happens.

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The Stakes for Trump – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on February 20, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/02/paul-craig-roberts/stakes-trump/

The United States is now in the extraordinary situation that the liberal/progressive/left is allied with the deep state against democracy. The liberal/progressive/left are lobbying for the impeachment of a president who has committed no impeachable offense. The neoconservatives have stated their preference for a deep state coup against democracy. The media obliges with a constant barrage of lies, innuendos, and disinformation. The insouciant American public sits there sucking its thumb

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