Venezuela in the Pre-election Period in the United States

By María Fernanda Barreto on July 27, 2020

In the most recent situational analysis that we published on June 1, we warned about the importance of Venezuela keeping its guard up in this pre-election period in the United States, that is until the end of October of this year since the current geopolitical situation could be violently shaken in order for the current president of the US government to achieve his re-election.

Donald Trump risks becoming the first U.S. president of the 21st century to serve only one term in the White House and although, as we pointed out, his country will hardly be involved in direct military aggression, at least not until all the indirect and multiform aggressions have been exhausted than he could launch a desperate adventurous action against Venezuela in order to please the lobbies that have supported him and who are supporting his re-election. is to be expected.

In the book The Israeli Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007), American researchers Mearsheimer and Walt, trying to explain what lobbies are and what power they have in their country, say that “In the United States, interest groups routinely compete to shape perceptions of the national interest and to convince legislators and presidents to adopt policies of their choice. As for the power they exert over foreign policy, they emphasize that “the influence of various interest groups has long shaped various aspects of American foreign policy, including decisions regarding war.

That is why we want to raise the importance of two lobbying groups that can affect Venezuela, beyond the Cuban-American mafia in Miami that has accompanied the most violent actions against the Bolivarian government in recent years. I am referring to are the military industry lobby and the most powerful of all which is the Zionist lobby.

The private military companies (PMCs), or rather, their large corporations that make up the first of these “interest groups”, which rather resemble mafia-like formations, have been very well represented by Lockheed Martin, the most powerful PMC in the world, which the Chinese government wisely sanctioned a few days ago.

The executive director of this large corporation has appeared alongside Donald Trump as part of his “Made in America” campaign, stressing that his weapons are American-made and supporting restrictions on Chinese-made products.

The best way to commit the support of these corporations to the re-election campaign of Trump is to offer this lucrative “American business” more wars, or at least the threat of them, in order to sustain its million-dollar profits in the midst of the of the economic crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Lockheed Martin’s main Latin American offices are located in Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. It is in Colombia, at the Police Base in Guaymaral, the Army Military Base in Tolemaida and the Air Force Base in Melgar, where the most important facilities of its subsidiary Sikorsky is in the region, which is the manufacturer of Black Hawk helicopters, among others. The F16s that Venezuela still possesses are part of the products marketed by this PMC, which the country acquired in 1982. However, the ban on the sale of arms and other services that the Bush administration imposed on Venezuela in 2006 even reneged on the sale of spare parts for these aircraft that were under contract. This, like other subsequent sanctions, ended up forcing the country to look for alternatives and opened doors to its Russian and Chinese competitors. This necessary action on behalf of Venezuela has unleashed the rage of the US government and, of course, of the company.

As for the Zionist lobby, its interests in Venezuela are many but above all, the fact that President Hugo Chavez decided to break diplomatic relations with Israel in January 2009 as a response to the genocide perpetrated in Gaza the previous month, and that break remains firm today, is an affront that Israel does not forget.

If anyone has doubts about this point, it is enough just to refer to the agreement signed last week between María Corina Machado of the opposition political party “Vente Venezuela” and Benjamin Netanyahu’s “Likud” party, which clearly raises the issue of destabilizing activities against the Venezuelan government and with a clear colonialist intent. The document, which includes the extravagance of literally claiming “Western values”, also includes political, ideological, social, strategic, geopolitical and even security cooperation in what is described as a “functioning society”. This could also mean the resurgence of this Venezuelan extreme right-wing leader, in the face of the resounding failure of Juan Guaidó. It is worth mentioning that among Machado’s main supporters in Colombia are Álvaro Uribe Vélez and the current mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López.

The important thing is that the pressure that both lobbies may exert on Donald Trump at this critical moment in his political career, may have repercussions around the world in the next three months and according to the elements brewing here, it may, in particular, include Venezuela which continues to be the scene of great geopolitical turmoil.

The strengths that have kept the Bolivarian Revolution on its feet for more than two decades include a foreign policy based on solidarity among the peoples who face imperialism, the permanent struggle for the construction of a multi-centered and multi-polar world, and a great capacity to understand historical junctures and face them with strategic clarity when they arise.