Interview 1416 - Daniel McAdams on Trump's Venezuela Coup

01/29/201933 Comments

Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Liberty Report and joins us today to discuss the turmoil taking place in Venezuela, where a US-backed coup is once again taking place. We discuss the roots of the current crisis, how and why Trump and the neocons are involving themselves, and what anti-war activists need to do to confront this latest round of propaganda for imperial interventionism.

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  1. GoodFolkBrendan says:

    Hey James, great work here as per usual.

    I have an important but unrelated question, specifically about the cryptocurrency Ethereum.

    Were you aware that in 2014 the founder of Ethereum, Russian-Canadian Vitalik Buterin won both the Theil Fellowship, as well as the World Technology Network award whose “Diverse and Prestigious Fellowship” includes Elon Musk, Ai Weiwei and woman who “oversaw the founding of Hulu.”

    Also the creation and ‘presale’ of Ethereum raises my eyebrow a bit too.
    The current supply of ETH sit at around 100 million currenty. Over 50 million ETH were sold for Bitcoin, during this time in 2014, which was worth about 18 million dollars total.

    Ethereum could easily be the vehicle for the technocracy.

    So my question is: Do you think the evidence for shenanigans is strong enough that we as individuals should discourage ETHs further use and development? Or does drawing attention to this baked in ‘solution’ only further its adoption by people seeing it as a quick buck?

    Thanks again James, Deuces!

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Interesting. I have a small amount of Ethereum. Thanks for the info.

      • ralphodavis says:

        All open ended quantity cryptos are no better than banker issued fiat. ETH is but one example, Ripple is another banker fav.

        Personally, Litecoin seems a good bet because it performs in market exchange, has global recognition, and is cap-limited to something like 85 million existing coins, roughly 5X Bitcoin and roughly that undervalued by comparison.

        On unrelated but a very concerning front is this for all following the recent Paradise, CA DEW beta-genocide:

  2. n4x5 says:

    Nice interview. I don’t think tribalism — even (especially) among nominal libertarians — can be overstressed as a problem, in this case specifically as well as as a more general phenomenon.

    “Where they do this refining primarily is around Corpus Christi down here in Texas, and actually I think some of the refineries are owned by the Koch Industries, interestingly enough.”

    I consider myself quasi-informed on the Venezuela situation, but I’ll admit that until recently, I didn’t even know that Citgo is majority-owned by PDVSA. I doubt this kind of ignorance is an anomaly.

  3. willrock says:

    One concept that only Latin American people and Eustace Mullins are able to understand is that not only most pro-America succeeded coups are arranged by the “deepstate”, but THE CLUMSY ONES TOO.

    The best example was the coup that consecrated Hugo Chaves as the dictator in Venezuela. Who can buy the fact that all the mistakes that were made were the result of a clumsy plan? These guys are the best. They are perfectionists at manipulating people’s minds.

    Venezuela represents a big risk to the petrodollar and Maduro’s fall will only happen when the monetary system is changed or, at least, about to change.

    The problem with oil is not its scarcity. It is its abundance.

    Obs: Jimmy Carter and other “American patriots” like him always attest that the elections in Venezuela aren’t manipulated, but some Venezuelans who came to live here in Brazil know how to explain, in details, how the whole election is a farse.

    Ironically, this is the worst time for you to accept that this is a moment to consider that some elections are acceptable.

    • manbearpig says:

      “The problem with oil is not its scarcity. It is its abundance….”
      important point.

      Interesting comments. and highly suggestive little video.

      • ralphodavis says:

        We just have too many clear examples in continuous succession of this usurpation process to even question IF the ’empire’ is responsible for Venezuela’s economic crisis. A nation too resource rich for its own good.

        Review of John Perkins ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ (vol. 1 & 2) should quickly inform and dispel any doubts of exactly who’s responsible for starvation and misery.

        Since so many are so confused or unaware as to the means of profound economic sabotage, Perkins ‘confessions’ is essential reading. He was deep in the subversion of neighboring Panama.

  4. s.jamieson says:

    The most elementary political awareness is lacking in the majority of American voters . . . is it a vast majority or an overwhelming majority or a super-substantial majority, or . . . that is the area of debate. Is blatant, homicidal hypocrisy really blatant, homicidal hypocrisy if no one notices anything? Is it the case of the tree making no sound in the forest when it falls, should none be there to hear?

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      S. jamieson , I think they may also be a super-majority of traumatized people. Its much like a 7 year old coming of age to the facts about Santa. A mass PTS-S anta trauma. Passed easily from last generation to this generation to the next.

  5. alexandre says:

    404 Not Found – the mp4 file.

  6. bladtheimpaler says:

    Some bullet points on Venezuela:

    Venezuelan oil leaves and then arrives in US gas tanks in four days so in supply chain parlance it is very significant and strategic as a source. Arabian oil has a two week time frame and its interruption would not be felt or relieved for that time period.

    Maduro is as signed on to globalist agenda just as much as other nations under ‘Hasta 2030’.

    Maduro under sanction and other globalist pressures has been privatizing social infrastructure as quickly as perceptions will allow, such as state owned transit.bus systems in order to get what cash he can to keep govt. operating. Like a deadly cut to a body the peripheries are sacrificed to keep the core organs functioning.

    The Venezuelan govt. has plans for a stack and pack corridor for about 40% of the population there.

    Conclusion: The Maduro/Venezuelan govt is as controllable as a Guaido govt. would be but the Maduro edition requires more external force to control it as desired than a Guaido govt would, as likely willing play ball as long as its core people’s bread gets justly buttered by the colonial resource extractors.

    The real problem is that the common people there have been lead to believe that they are entitled to some benefit from the resources they just happen to living a top of and worse have come to see themselves as a united entity in their own interests. Having to some degree been partially raised to the state of slavery under socialism under a Guaido govt they will be returned to abject slavery as before. The present situation of a common consciousness is beyond the pale and must be stamped out with extreme prejudice. If Guaido gets the brass ring the people showing any socialist penchant there should expect the Pinochet treatment. So any hands off approach of allowing the Venezuelan people to deal with their own problems as they decide and to eventually see the errors of their socialist decisions is NOT in the cards.

  7. zyxzevn says:

    Jimmy Dore / Abby Martin

    Nice quote from Trump: We take half your oil, and you will be happy.
    Sounds like a psychopath to me.

    Abby: A lot of the food supply is control by the companies that want US control. Sanctions are also hurting people. US does not allow sale of oil (?). Most of the media is disinfo.

    While many in the US are thinking that the socialism is the problem in the country, living in a dem. socialistic country myself, it is clear that the problems are not related to socialism at all.

    The socialism system does increase the power of the already present corruption. And the corruption makes it easier for criminals. Criminals of which many are working with the US/CIA to destroy this country.

    Interesting in the interview is that people are often discussing politics on the street. This means that the country could transform into a Anarchapulco like system. So I hope this will become the solution they can work towards.

    My philosophical question is:
    If the US invades to take the Venezuela oil, isn’t that the same as Saddam invading Kuwait? Can Europe start bombing the US, if they do the same thing? Or should we go in now and go kill the president and military regime?

    Israeli troops in Brazil:
    The US agenda seems to send in troops via other countries instead.

    They just need a false flag like incident to start the war for oil and gold.


    How many possible war fronts do we have now?

    So we may see wars at 4 places already:
    China sea/ Tadzjikistan
    Syria& Iran

    Additional options:

    Civil instability:
    Europe (excessive immigration with ISIS)
    N-America (left/right/ “terrorists”)

    Fake wars:
    China hackers / China hacked electronics
    Russian hackers / bots
    (we are change:)

    • rob32367 says:

      Excellent interview with JD & AM – Mike Prysner is also excellent with his perspective as an Iraq war vet.

      Here is a complimentary interview between Jordan Claritin & Ben Norton that fills in some details

    • manbearpig says:

      Despite an aversion to the Jimmy Dore show, I just finished watching your link and I have to say I really enjoyed listening to Abby Martin and this guy Mike Prysner speaking about the situation in Venezuela. Quite enlightening – a digestible recap of Abby Martin’s interview with the Venezuelan minister (that I’d like to take another listen to if only to retain his name…).

      On another note, If Jimmy Dore had any prior Trump leanings ( they’re apparently gone.

      and it would be really cool if that skepticism he’s proning when hearing MSM BS misinfo he actually applied it himself on the topic of so-called man-made climate change. but perhaps I’ve missed an episode.

  8. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Daniel McAdams is a five star, truth-telling communicator in my book.
    I always enjoy listening to him.
    As the decades roll on, I hope he continues the Ron Paul legacy.

    I had a date with my ex-wife this past weekend.
    She rarely does YouTube / online stuff.
    However, I was thrilled to hear that she was now listening to the Liberty Report.
    She still has a bad case of ‘Trumpitis-hope’, but we are both on the same page about many understandings.

  9. beadbud5000 says:

    I love Daniel McAdams !

  10. manbearpig says:

    Amazing conversation I just had…

    I’m very ignorant of what’s going on in Venezuela, the history, the economy (though I actually spent time a couple years back trying to get it). I’ve had students at the university who were from Venezuela (so presumably from the monied class) and Columbian students who had family in Venezuela (also presumably relatively well off though with a very difficult situation in Franc…).
    I have a neighbor who’s married to a Venezuelan who returned to live in Venezuela for 3 years before coming back to live in France.
    And I just spoke to a Spanish woman whose family moved to Venezuela when she was little and who’re still there…

    ALL of these people I’ve spoken to DETESTED Hugo Chavez saying he destroyed the country, that they couldn’t get food, electricity, basic medication after he came to power.

    The Franco-Venezuelan couple (who have family in Venezuela) were initially extremely enthousiastic for Chavez but after 3 years living there went back to France utterly disgusted with him…

    I’ve always supposed that I clearly in contact with those who had money but the Spanish woman’s family, and the Franco-Venezuelan couple are from the middle class…

    Redistribution of resources always leaves some folks on the losing end of the deal I guess…but the Spanish woman and the Franco-Venezuelan couple maintain adamantly that Chavez DESTROYED the country.

    They are apparently completely unaware of all the peasants who were allegedly lifted out of poverty… saved by Chavism and the Bolivarian Revolution…

    I’m really confused. And my student just arrived…

    • manbearpig says:

      they should blame the embargo…? and maduro the petroyean…? I wish I had MORE TIME to understand this!!!

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Thanks for the anecdote. It adds perspective.

    • herrqlys says:

      I had posted about Venezuela in a reply to generalbottlewahser under the “Know Your Enemy: The Royal Institute of Internatinal Affairs” subscriber newsletter article. I’m going to regurgitate that post here because of the Abby Martin interview link:

      “Trump recognizes main rival Juan Guaido who declared himself dictator of Venezuela and voids citizen Maduro’s orders.” generalbottlewasher #comment-58740

      The hypocrisy is repulsive, and given that so many co-opted allies have chimed in on-cue supporting the US narrative, it’s all very disgusting. Venezuela under the Bolivarian revolution is one of the world’s truest democracies so talking about bringing “democracy” to Venezuela is gobbledygook. This is just another in a series of Washington’s coup attempts in that country.

      It speaks to a new level of anxiety and desperation over the US economy and Washington’s ability to cling onto its old Bretton Woods levers of economic power throughout the world. Having the world’s reserve currency supported by oil priced in USD, and enforced by obscene levels of military spending to get compliance by gun barrel, results in frenetic actions by Washington when things start to change.

      The contrived collapse in world oil prices during 2014 was aimed at destabilizing Russia, Iran and Venezuela – if not some others as well – but Russia and Iran were not intimidated and have fought back. Only isolated Venezuela has been unable to properly defend itself.

      For a clear picture of how Venezuela has been viciously undermined by sophisticated economic warfare, including sanctions by the US and complicit wrecking-ball tactics by business allies among Venezuelan [read ethnic Spanish] elites, you might find some grim understanding in the following Abby Marin interview with Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez:

      To put events into perspective you must first understand how Venezuela was a classic US client prior to the Bolivarian revolution by Hugo Chávez. As an indigenous South American, and a very bright one at that, Chávez himself acknowledged that because of his race Venezuelan society offered him few prospects for a higher education or a good job, and therefore people like him had to join the military to get opportunities for advancement.

      Chávez was a nationalist, not unlike Fidel Castro in this revolutionary days and his trying to obtain a better life for common Cubans, and that is why those two leaders had such a rapport. Capitalism hates this type of nationalist because the revolutionaries want some of the profits from the sale of the nation’s resources to go towards general public welfare.

      • herrqlys says:

        In the current Venezuelan picture, especially from the viewpoint of Western elites, the spectre of Russia and China doing business with Maduro’s government makes the globalists apoplectic.

        China is buying Venezuelan oil and is also willing to invest in the economy. Russia has offered to joint-venture hydrocarbon production in the Orinoco basin, and as a major world gold miner itself, Russia is also interested in investing/assisting production for Venezuelas’ large gold properties.

        The non-stop 11,200 km flight of 2 Russian Tu-160 “White Swan” (Russia) or “Blackjack” (NATO) bombers from Russia to Venezuela was the match that lit this current inferno. A lot of things started happening after this PR coup for Russia.

        Nicolas Maduro flying to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin in early December also started things moving along.

        • manbearpig says:

          First, thanks for taking the time and effort of reposting your comments and insisting on the importance of the Abby Martin interview. Though it’s relatively late here and I have still another very harrowing day tomorrow filled with activities that terrify me somewhat that require the full-functioning of my scarce neurons etc., I decided to take a listen to this 27-minute Empire Files interview.

          And I was not disappointed. ‘Twas an exposé that might convert a libertarian thinker to hard-core socialism.

          I’d thought about the fact that the protagonists that I’d cited in my above comment were probably particularly vulnerable to the Anglo-European MSM propaganda machine

          and in fact I’d even suspected many of the foreign intelligence machinations, as habitual as they are profoundly cynical, that the minister described in this video but

          it was quite impressive to actually see this apparently dedicated human being explaining (at break-neck speed) the rationale and strategy behind la révolucion and the monkey wrenches malevolently dumped into its gears by the international bankers/MSM/politicians et al.

          This week-end will see my first moments of peace after a particulary trying month of January and ideally I will devote some of them to rereading/reviewing calmly the torrent of info on this important subject that’s spilled across these Corbett pages thanks to informed commenters like yourself.

          So, thanks again, and in advance, for your invaluable contribution to my own subjectively perceived advancement.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Thanks herrqlys!

    • bladtheimpaler says:

      One of the ways to discredit a govt. is to effect its ability to ensure food security, and other essentials like medicines. If a govt can’t provide for its people then it becomes a moot entity as far as being the central body of civil society. The clamps have been applied on the Venezuelan supply chain so tightly as to engineer a breakdown in civil society there as part of the effort aimed at regime change. Why is the bigger question as the oil is flowing and the Maduro govt. is implementing all the NWO protocols?

      • herrqlys says:

        Why? I can think of two reasons. Russia and China.

        They’re not allowed to play in the U.S. sandbox. So, to prevent these countries from cutting Monroe Doctrine grass, it became imperative to change the Venezuelan leadership to a more compliant one.

        To learn a little more about the American way of undermining a country in preparation for regime change, I have just started reading John Perkin’s 2004 classic “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”.

        Available for free from Library Genesis (temporarily disable ad blocker before download):

        Culled from the Preface:

        “…corporations, banks, and governments (collectively the corporatocracy) use their financial and political muscle… to encourage world leaders to become part of a vast network that promotes U.S. commercial interests.”

        “In the end, those leaders become ensnared in a web of debt that ensures their loyalty. We can draw on them whenever we desire — to satisfy our political, economic, or military needs…”

        “… people like me are paid outrageously high salaries to do the system’s bidding [financial engineering to entice the target country to take on large infrastructure loans]. If we falter, a more malicious form of hit man, the jackal, steps to the plate. And if the jackal fails, then the job falls to the military…”

        • bladtheimpaler says:

          Russia and China, just as the USA, as cutouts are a part of this tag team effort as all are staunch members of the NWO. China has taken possession of the Venezuelan chemical company that produces the chemicals used to liquify the heavy oil, likely in return for debt forgiveness. Even Iran, as another deeply captured state, has been in Venezuela providing expertise in finding mineral deposits that will also likely end up being controlled by the one world resources management team. What saddens me is that the general population of Venezuela will not be allowed to come up in the world by benefiting from royalty revenues off the resources in their jurisdiction.

  11. herrqlys says:

    As I had recently posted “Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves” — or something to that effect — I was sobered by a recent article that more clearly discusses the nature of Venezuela’s Orinoco heavy crude.

    Is Oil Behind Washington’s Venezuela Coup Madness?
    by F. William Engdahl

  12. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Wed February 13, 2019
    Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) and Elliott Abrams, President Donald Trump’s new special envoy to Venezuela at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs committee on “Venezuela at a Crossroads.”

    C-SPAN (5 minutes)

    Omar’s statements…
    “In 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful.”

    “In that hearing, you dismissed as communist propaganda (a) report about the massacre of El Mozote of which more than 800 civilians, including children as young as 2 years old, were brutally murdered by U.S.-trained troops”

    “Yes or no, do you think that massacre was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?”

    “Yes or no, would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide if you believe they were serving U.S. interests as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua?”

    “Does the interests of the United States include protecting human rights and include protecting people against genocide?”

    Elliott Abrams’ statement
    “…the entire thrust of American policy in Venezuela (COUGH COUGH) is to support the Venezuelan’s people effort to restore democracy to their country….”

  13. milan says:

    @16min James say:

    – “that people was deprived because od SOCIAL regime”

    so, if I get this right: James think that social regimes are per se bad? Right?

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