[News] US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin
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US State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit
list boasting of economic ruin
Anya Parampil - May 6, 2019
The Grayzone has obtained a list of “key outcomes” on Venezuela
deleted out of apparent embarrassment by the State Department.
It boasts of wrecking the nation’s economy, destabilizing its
military, and puppeteering its political opposition.
By Anya Parampil
On April 24, six days before self-proclaimed Venezuelan “interim
president” Juan Guaido’s attempt to violently overthrow Venezuela’s
democratically elected government alongside a handful of military
defectors, the U.S. State Department published a fact sheet that boasted
of Washington’s central role in the ongoing coup attempt. After
realizing the incriminating nature of its error, the State Department
quickly acted to remove the page.
The Grayzone has obtained a full copy of the expunged report
The deleted page puts to bed any claims of Guaido’s independence from
Washington, as the State Department emphasizes the fact that he
“announced his interim presidency… in January” at the the top of a
section dedicated to breaking down “key outcomes” of U.S. efforts with
regard to Venezuela.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Kimberly Breier recently took to Twitter
<https://twitter.com/WHAAsstSecty/status/1123692018780262401> to claim
that “since he became acting president, Juan Guaido has given tangible
results to the people of Venezuela.” Her tweet was accompanied with an
infographic detailing alleged accomplishments of the powerless coup
administration based on data compiled by the legally defunct National
Assembly, the only governing body actually controlled by Guaido.
But the Venezuela fact sheet posted and then deleted days earlier by the
State Department told a dramatically different story.
/Read the entire expunged fact sheet here
[PDF] and at the end of this article./
The State Department’s economic hit list
Entitled “U.S. Actions on Venezuela,” the document boasted that U.S.
policy had effectively prevented the Venezuelan government from
participating in the international market and has led to the freezing of
its overseas assets. It read like a sadistic celebration of Washington’s
retribution against the Venezuelan population as a whole, the kind of
collective punishment which is illegal according to Article 33 of the
The State Department gloated in the deleted fact sheet that its policy
had ensured that the Maduro government “cannot rely on the U.S.
financial system” to conduct business, noting “key outcomes” of U.S.
actions include the fact that “roughly $3.2 billion of Venezuela’s
overseas are frozen.” It went on to boast that “Venezuela’s oil
production fell to 736,000 barrels per day in March… substantially
reducing” government revenue.
“If I were the State Department I wouldn’t brag about causing a cut in
oil production to 763,000 barrels per day — which is a 36 percent drop,
in just the two months of February and March this year,” Mark Weisbrot,
Co-Director at the Center For Economic and Policy Research, told The
Grayzone. “This means even more premature deaths than the tens of
thousands that resulted from sanctions last year.”
Weisbrot recently co-authored a bracing report
which found that 40,000 Venezuelans died between 2017 and 2018 as a
direct result of U.S. sanctions. The State Department patted itself on
the back for announcing its preparedness “to provide an additional $20
million in initial humanitarian assistance” to Venezuela, however, the
CEPR report concluded that Trump Administration sanctions implemented in
August 2017 resulted in “a loss of $6 billion in oil revenue over the
ensuing year” alone.
While the State Department praised the opposition for “providing medical
and hygiene attention to over 6,000” Venezuelans, those numbers dwarf in
comparison to the 300,000 people CEPR “estimated to be at risk because
of lack of access to medicines or treatment… [including] 80,000 people
with HIV who have not had antiretroviral treatment since 2017, 16,000
people who need dialysis, 16,000 people with cancer, and 4 million with
diabetes and hypertension.”
In other words, the supposed “Venezuela Crisis Response Assistance”
touted by the State Department is not even a band-aid over the gaping
wound that US unilateral coercive measures have inflicted on the country.
In Weisbrot’s view, the “policy” and “outcomes” promoted by the State
Department in the disappeared document will merely lead to “more cuts in
imports of medicine, food, medical equipment, and inputs necessary to
maintain water, health, and sanitation infrastructure.”
Having denied the Venezuelan government the ability to provide for its
own population, the U.S. has essentially promised that thousands more
deaths will occur.
The State Department did not respond to The Grayzone’s request for a
comment on the fact sheet it deleted.
“A list of confessions”
In a recent interview with The Grayzone
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxGPEhfkzKM>, Venezuela’s ambassador to
the United Nations Samuel Moncada characterized the deleted State
Department fact sheet as “a list of confessions.”
“Imagine if any other country says… it’s proud of saying that we are
destroying the economy of our neighbor; we are proud that we destroyed
the political system of our neighbor; we are proud that they are
suffering. They are saying we are waging war against Venezuela,” Moncada
The ambassador went on to accuse the U.S. of engaging in “bullying”
rather than international diplomacy.
The State Department’s own fact sheet appears to support this
accusation, as it asserts “diplomatic pressure resulted in fewer markets
for Venezuelan gold.” The document further highlighted U.S. actions that
have supposedly led “more than 1,000 members of the military [to
recognize] Juan Guaido as interim President” and defect to Colombia, as
well as stranding “an estimated 25 crude oil tankers with 12 million
barrels” off Venezuela’s coast.
“They [say] it’s our ‘key’ achievements,” Moncada commented. “They are
saying that they are causing trouble in our military and inducing a
military coup, [which] so far they haven’t achieved, but they are
“If any other person says that themselves,” the ambassador concluded,
“and you take that confession to court, they would be in prison.”
The State Department’s fact sheet even frames recent decisions by the
Organization of American States, Lima Group, Inter-American Development
Bank, and European Union to either recognize or support Guaido’s shadow
administration as a U.S. achievement, highlighting Washington’s outsized
influence within each of these supposedly international governing
bodies. The decision to mention the E.U. and Lima Group is particularly
noteworthy considering the United States is not a member of either
“They are so far out of any normal parameters of decency, morality,
legality, reason, that really they are dangerous,” Moncada said of the
Trump administration. “They are a real threat to international peace,
and they are a real threat to my people.”
US Department of State Deleted Venezuela Hit List
by Max Blumenthal
<https://www.scribd.com/user/31516247/Max-Blumenthal#from_embed> on Scribd
Anya Parampil is a Washington, DC based journalist. She previously
hosted a daily progressive afternoon news program called In Question on
RT America. She has produced and reported several documentaries,
including on the ground reports from the Korean peninsula and Palestine.
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