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The New York Times Op Ed and Venezuela.

Speculation: The Op Ed in the NY Times was published to coincide with the publication of Bob Woodward’s new book. And it was also to coincide with the news that the Trump regime had been having discussions with Venezuelan military officers about staging a coup.

Further speculation: As part of the deal between “Anonymous” and the NY Times, the author(s) of the Op Ed gave the Times details about the plan to topple the regime in Venezuela.

It then raises a new and even more disturbing set of questions: The Op Ed is not just about Trump’s insanity, instability, random episodes of rage and the fact that he is wholly unprepared for the complexity of the job, but it is also about the off stage bureaucratic war between the Trump-supporting fanatics like John Bolton and the only by comparison to Bolton less fanatical Mike Pompeo on one side, and on the other, Kelly and Mattis and their cadres – including but not limited to, members of the NSC, and the intelligence agencies including those at the DIA which then bring on board the Joint Chiefs.

Missing amid all the breathless speculation about who wrote the Op Ed is the CIA’s freshly minted new DCIA Haspel who, with her sociopathic attachment to torture could either be the adventurous type, who wants to use the Langley Way on Venezuela – and to make a big reputation affirming splash with her new boss. Or perhaps she has – as happened with some of predecessors – been swallowed by the bureaucratic machine?

The wilderness of mirrors makes certainty impossible.

Consider that JFK, as to Trump as a hawk is to an amoeba, was foisted on the petard of plans inherited from the Eisenhower regime and it’s possible that cadres in various corners of the imperial death star bureaucracy dusted off old ideas, and pushed them to the unstable Trump who being a lunatic, and momentarily distracted from FOX, said sure let’s do it.

But regardless, it seems unlikely that plans to overthrow the government in Venezuela just happened to find its way to the Times at the same time as the Op Ed. (Though for all we know, a reporter from the Times got the details on their own in a separate channel).

What seems more likely is that plans to stage coups, assassinate leaders around the world, and to drag the country into a war somewhere with no reason beyond Trump’s lunacy and the sadomasochism of Bolton, and assorted malignant trolls like Stephen Miller, or Rambo wanna-be Erik Prince,* has prompted some within the regime to fire a shot over the dome of the Capitol building.

Not a dramatic as the Bat Signal but far more frightening because it’s real, and there are no superheroes only ordinary people who must find the courage to become extraordinary, and recall that grace under pressure, means you must face the risk of failure but act as if refusing to try is a kind of hell in which there is no possibility of redemption.


For details on the plans to topple the government of Venezuela, see the following:

NY Times


*A word about Erik Prince vis the Venezuela coup. Prince is of course some sort of near cartoon or Batman style villain with tracks reaching back to the Bush Cheney adventure in Iraq – a set of war crimes and assorted catastrophes for which we are still paying, and for which the culprits will never see the inside of a court let alone a cage.

Prince and his mercenary company, Black Water, have since been rebranded, in the soft patois of the corporate psychosis meets Blade Runner crowd, and he has also been linked to meetings in the Caribbean with assorted Russians and Arab sheiks – all on behalf of Trump and apparently being examined by Robert Mueller. That Mueller was a major majordomo in the Bush Cheney junta – heading the Hoovers – and therefore may have his own strange Pynchonian connections to Prince is another alternate dimension in the kaleidoscope of spy vs spy vs spy.

But we digress.

The thing about Prince and Venezuela and Trump and a coup, is that it’s exactly the sort of half-baked, completely stupid idea, that would make sense to an armchair warrior like Trump, and would be a perfect beta test for Prince’s new merc force. Keeping in mind that there were rumors recently that Trump was considering “privatizing” the war in Afghanistan and that Prince would be selected as CEO or warlord, to oversee operations – or, plantations, in a Mista Kurtz Heart of Darkness 2.0 carnival of postmodern mayhem. Sort of William Gibson meets Joseph Conrad.

But beyond even that potential episode of psychosis, there is this: if letters are being whisked off the president’s desk, and the so called “resistance” is thwarting the president, and perhaps also blocking people like Prince and Bolton and Miller and Bannon (each with their own agenda and a enemy of my enemy is my – temporary – friend sense of morality which places them somewhere to the right of the SS) then one must consider bureaucratic fiefdoms placing their eyes and ears inside other offices. As in, back in the end times phase of the Nixon regime the Joint Chiefs placed a spy of their own inside Kissinger’s office, and Kissinger in turn had gone behind Nixon’s back to tell the military to check all of the president’s orders with Kissinger and Schlesinger first.

Thus one should logically speculate that Kelly and Mattis and god knows who else, all have their own people spying for them.

On the surface there is something so absurd about all of this that one could be forgiven for finding it all funny – even in a macabre way, but still funny.

And, it is funny but that doesn’t also mean it isn’t deadly serious. Former DCIA Brennan said after the Op Ed was published, that this is going to get worse before it gets better and that it can’t continue.

Calling Trump a spark for a constitutional crisis has been overused by the never miss a cliché establishment media, but the truth is one could make the case that there has been a constitutional crisis since the utterly unconstitutional Patriot Act was passed and Nancy Pelosi said, we have to vote on it before we can read it.

Handing out blank checks to the Hoovers is never a good idea, and voting to allow corporations to have the status of people is so Orwellian that were he alive to hear about it our George would say – I can’t write about that. No one would ever believe it because it’s too absurd.

Now the crisis has reached a fever pitch if not a terminal phase. Trump is insane. Senior members of the regime are in open rebellion. The House and Senate are paralyzed by blood feuds, turf wars, ideological cases of the delirium tremens, and the asinine need to raise money with the same devotion junkies use to score a fix.

Say what you will about Brennan but ignoring his sense of the danger is itself dangerous.

This will almost certainly get worse before it gets better.


10 comments on “The New York Times Op Ed and Venezuela.

  1. It’s all fascinating. And it does bring out one’s inner conspiracy theorist. Then again, my inner conspiracy theorist is always near the surface. In a society run by a conspiracy of conspiracies, it requires insanity to not be paranoid.

    The only slightly comforting thought is that when the elite are divided against one another it releases some of the pressure of authoritarianism that might normally be turned toward us peons. Or at the very least, it makes for an entertaining show for the masses.

    I’m waiting for the mysterious deaths and disappearances to begin happening on a more regular basis. If none of Trump’s associates are suicided before Trump loses power, I’ll be surprised.

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    1. As a side note, there was a great example of someone being suicided. And of course, the corporate media mostly ignored it along with ignoring the entire situation.

      There was an investigator who was looking into the stolen 2000 election. He told someone he found some important info that would break open the case. But then shortly before his daughter’s wedding he supposedly killed himself in a nearby state that didn’t require autopsies and his body was quickly destroyed. It made no sense. And it doesn’t need to make any sense, as long as the corporate media agrees to bury the story.

      If you pay attention, you notice stories like that.

      Another example being the mysterious murder of Seth Rich, supposedly killed in a failed robbery in that there was no evidence that it was a robbery attempt. And par for the course, his computer mysteriously disappeared. There are other examples like the skiing ‘accident’ of Sonny Bono right before an investigation was going to happen and, with him out of the picture, the investigation was killed in its tracks.

      There are too many people in and around Washington DC who know too much. And the ongoing investigations are a threat because almost anything could come out. There are numerous actors who would want to keep certain info from coming to light. Trump is certainly realizing that others could turn on him. But I suspect that the shadow government has much more to fear.

      Surely, the reason for Hillary Clinton being questioned while not under oath was to ensure she could lie without being held accountable. And how easily the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play investigation was shut down. Trump could have forced the case to be re-opened because it was well within the time limit when he became president. But Trump had no desire to actually go after the Clintons who were old family friends. Even Trump, in his early onset senility, has his limits.


      1. rauldukeblog says:

        There are a host of such stories some bs some half true and some completely true. Plenty of perfectly reputable well researched history books one can read and they are full of examples of such things.

        I recently read a bio of Edward Lansdale and it had a set of such things from his clandestine days in the Philippines and Vietnam and dealing with Cuba.

        The recent one that I thought interesting was about a reporter for Rolling Stone who died in a car accident. Richard Clarke former anti-terrorism guru described the details of the car accident as being just like a high-tech hit by a sophisticated intelligence agency and of course the story the reporter was working on involved the spooks.


      2. I’ve long had much curiosity about conspiracy theories. It goes back to the ’90s when I was reading Robert Anton Wilson and listening to Art Bell.

        I’m a radical skeptic. That means I take everything with a grain of salt. I am skeptical of conspiracy theories. But I’m even more skeptical of the superficial pseudo-skeptics who dismiss conspiracy theories out of hand.

        My bullshit detector is always set on high. A lot of conspiracy theories are mad fantasies. Yet anyone who is even slightly informed about history knows that actual conspiracies are commonplace.

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      3. rauldukeblog says:

        All quite valid points.

        I once had a conversation with a former government lawyer who said in a somewhat patronizing tone: do you believe in conspiracies?

        I started with Caesar, touched on the British government’s state terror attempt to kill Bonaparte (the bomb went off early and killed 40 or so people but missed the target) then to the Guy Faulks’s plan to blow up parliament, then to Lincoln and was about to mention assorted plots to kill the Czar, the Zionviev letter and the Zimmerman telegram when he smiled, conceded the point and changed the subject.

        I read an article somewhere in which it was pointed out that “conspiracy” is in every state legal code and the federal one as well and is investigated all the time.

        People are conspiratorial and companies conspire and so do governments and if they didn’t then why all the spooks?

        In fact here’s an article from today’s Guardian book review:


      4. In looking for proven examples of conspiracies, you don’t even have to look that far in the past or look to other countries/empires. The US has a long history of conspiracies: Watergate, COINTELPRO, CIA drug trafficking, overthrowing of governments, secret scientific testing on citizens, etc. I could easily give more examples.

        Consider the US starting the Cold War when documents prove the intelligence agencies at the time knew that the USSR wasn’t a threat to the US or Western Europe. Stalin neither had the capacity nor interest in starting military conflict with the West. In fact, he was hoping to maintain trade relations. But US leaders conspired to invent a conflict to solidify their own power and rationalize their imperial aspirations.

        This is just what we know from released documents and investigative journalism. And none of this is hidden knowledge.

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      5. rauldukeblog says:

        Quite right. I’ve used MK Ultra and COINTELPRO repeatedly in posts. There’s a very good book about the secret radiation experiments called The Plutonium Files. As a side note along with a book called The Pinochet Files it reframes the Clinton presidency with focus on his battles with the CIA to get files released.

        And of course there are others like Mongoose and Operation Northwood where as part of the anti Castro crusade the government was considering false flag operations including attacking US facilities and claiming it was Castro.

        There is also a deliberate refusal by establishment media to discuss these events except as anomalies and/or isolated events rather than highlight how they are a consistent pattern and the duration of the programs. MK ultra lasted decades.

        The man who headed it was Sydney Riley who was perversely fascinating. Collected folk dances, dropped LSD a hundred+ times, worked at a leper colony, and of course tortured people.

        Then there’s James J. Angleton. Jefferson Morley has just written a fairly good bio of him and if you plug Morley’s name into YouTube you’ll get a series of videos about him – done by him – examining his multi years long lawsuit against the CIA.

        He relates among other stories how as a WashPo reporter he broke a story about the government review of the Warren Commission Report exposing how the CIA had lied about their liaison to the committee. The CIA had told the committee that the liaison had no background with the agency when it turns out he was not only a spook for them but had been part of JM Wave the Florida based anti Castro unit.

        So just that example is of a conspiracy.

        As to Stalin the “missile gap” was a fabrication.

        Something similar vis your point about Stalin and trade happened with Ho Chi Minh who told US envoys he wanted trade, US investment and tourism.

        Needless to say he was ignored and when a State Department analyst recommended providing money to HCM for development and to establish a relationship he was kicked off the NSC and then had his career at State ruined and he was forced to resign.

        One could go on but…

        In a related sense nd apropos of our exchanges on framing narratives it’s interesting to consider one could redefine capitalism or the Stock Market as “organized crime” which of course changes the discourse considerably and reveals/reframes the system as being, by definition, a conspiratorial organization.

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      6. Government conspiracies involved every sector of society. And often directly involved those working in the private sector: corporate media, writers workshops, university professors, artists, etc. The development of American Studies was a key right-wing propaganda operation that indoctrinated a generation of students and did so covertly, at the same time there were witchhunts scapegoating and destroying radical leftist and principle liberals.

        McCarthy was right that our government was infiltrated by dangerous agents and that they were threatening American freedom. But he forgot to mention that people like him were those agents.

        Right-wingers love to point out that a few communist agents managed to get into the US government. What is conveniently overlooked is the hundreds of literal fascists and Nazis who were directly welcomed into positions of power and influence (e.g., the Bush family becoming rich off Nazis and then using that wealth to help Nazi war criminals to escape justice so as to work for their new authoritarian masters).

        What is fascinating is how many of these have become open secrets. What was mocked as conspiracy theories when my parents were kids in many cases have since been proven as conspiracy facts. Yet most political and media hacks, not to mention most teachers, continue on as if none of it happened and as if none of the info was ever revealed.

        They typically don’t have to bother to lie. They simply all agree to not speak the truth. And few Americans will bother to inform themselves, much less challenge the propaganda model. It’s obvious that propaganda in the US continues. As in the past, it’s not hard for the elite with shared interests to keep the public in the dark. Most subjects of the American Empire simply don’t want to know the truth and their masters are willing to oblige in not telling them the truth.

        The problem is that, in this new information age, the elite have turned on each other and there has been a steady flow of leaks for the past several administrations. Eventually, the weight of lies and disinfo can no longer be ignored, no matter how strong the desire to not to know or pretend to not know. The facade begins to fracture. Propaganda only works when there is a concerted and coherent effort by the entire private-public hegemony — that is no longer the case.

        Along with a probable increase of people mysteriously dying and disappearing, there will likely be a continuation of leaks with some of them major bombshells. The rats will be scattering and jumping ship. But that won’t end the conspiracies, as it will just push them to a new level. For those who can’t maintain power within the old status quo, they will become ever more dangerous reactionaries who will seek power by any means necessary, such as a coup (a secret coup behind the scenes even better). The propagandists will have to work overtime in trying to maintain a smooth transition of power.

        Some examples of US propaganda, and this leaves out the vast and effective private propaganda machine:

        “In the 1940s, the CIA was formed and the FBI took on a greater role in national security.The Cold War was seen as a potential total war and one of the emerging weapons was propaganda, media manipulation, and an oppressive variety of culture war. In the 1950s, Americans fell under influence of domestic covert operations like that of CIA’s Operation Mockingbird and FBI’s COINTELPRO. Also, America came to be dominated by McCarthyism. The Civil Rights Movement, even as it was having legal successes, was increasingly targeted. It was seen as a breeding ground for Communists and radicals.

        “American universities were a battleground. Long before the protests of the 1960s, the CIA and FBI were focusing intently upon academia, both in looking for threatening activists and for potential recruits. The CIA was also interested in shaping academia and its influence. The CIA used its funds to promote particular artists, writers, and thinkers. Some professors were even spymasters.”

        “Ike’s diary of that time was declassified in 2009-2010. In it, he admitted to knowing about the CIA-backed coup in Iran. A few years later in 2013, the US government declassified documents showing the CIA orchestrated the coup. Yet in 2016, Doran can put out a book that is old school propaganda, entirely omitting any references to this info. I did a search in his book and he only briefly mentions the Iran coup, in relation to someone having been a veteran of the CIA covert operation, but he just passes over it as if it otherwise had no significance. Meanwhile, in reviews and interviews, the corporate media takes Doran’s propaganda at face value.”

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      7. rauldukeblog says:

        All on point.

        Re: American Studies. Years ago I read a book about the creation of Herman Melville’s reputation as an “American Classic.” That he happens to deserve it is beside the point but what does matter is how such things are manufactured and how many of the key players are also on the government tab and how the connections between players can be tracked – seminars to magazines to publishers and tenure and who gets research grants and who doesn’t, etc.

        We’ve discussed how Yale and Harvard were the recruiting grounds for OSS and later CIA and one assumes still are.

        As to the use of Nazis (Operation Paperclip) that goes back to using them in the 20s and 30s to stop the left which if openly discussed and in detail would require an entirely different frame for the narrative called “The Greatest Generation” – after all Mussolini was on the payroll of MI 6. And safe to assume he wasn’t the only one.

        As a pertinent side note there was a deep connection between Mussolini’s seizure of absolute power, his crushing of the last remnants of the Italian left, including murdering members of parliament, and US oil companies. The other side of the Teapot Dome scandal was that the oil was going to be shipped to Italy to help in their genocidal imperial adventures in Africa. The leftists member of the Italian parliament who was murdered had secret files detailing the conspiracy.

        One of the places I find fascinating about all of this is the nexus of Shakespeare plays.

        Not only do they reveal and detail the extraordinary number and complexity and ubiquity of conspiracies in Elizabethan England but they create a logical dilemma for the anti-conspiracy types.

        If the plays are still culturally significant (they are) then they establish that conspiracy is not a farfetched social issue but almost banal in its ubiquity.

        But of course the plays have been safely ghettoized and are only trotted out for safe applications with shallow references to Lady Macbeth or Lear, or so on.

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    2. rauldukeblog says:

      This makes me laugh and then again cringe. all quite correct and I have to pass on speaking of mysterious deaths and the like – a Dutch guy with expertise in keeping computers safe from prying governmental eyes and who has a long standing working relationship with Julian Assange…has vanished. He was last seen in Norway (or Sweden I’m not sure) and then 10 days after disappearing his cell phone’s sim card was activated in Germany. So now the Dutch, German and Norwegian police are all involved.

      As to conspiracies in general the perfectly valid sense of such things has taken a severe beating in recent years. Between the X-files and assorted pale imitations and deliberate reactionary counter programing it’s a tough road to walk.

      But as you say, why not be conspiratorial minded in the sense that one should expect things to go bump in the night and for mysterious death and disappearances, etc.

      And yes, if the elite are plotting against each other it may them less likely to aim the cannons at us (to paraphrase Jon Foggerty).

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