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Column 070714 Brewer

Monday, July 7, 2014
Venezuelan Rulers and
their Menacingly Evil
Axes of Deception
By Jerry Brewer
Leftist President Nicolas Maduro, of
Venezuela, continues desperately to try
to fit into and wear the vacant and
tattered shoes of the nation's late
President Hugo Chavez.
To say that the misguided Maduro could
actually help Venezuela by struggling to
live up to the Chavez legacy, would be as
farcical of a façade as the smoke and
mirrors of an old and tired magic show
that was perpetuated against the once
proud Venezuelan homeland by Chavez
himself for 14 destructive years.
In truth, the Chavez iron-fisted reign
was exceedingly one of a lack of record
of transparency, of disrespecting
Venezuelans and the free world's right
to be informed of a world leader's
governance, and the ability to continue
to lead a global nation.
Prior to his death Chavez anointed
Maduro as his Vice President, and after
announcing his cancer had reappeared
Chavez strong-armed the forced
endorsement of Maduro to be
Venezuela's future president to anyone
that would listen; and as his successor to
carry on the Chavez version of the
Bolivarian Revolution.

Following the March 2013 death of
Chavez, Maduro, who had previously
worked as a bus driver in Caracas and a
union activist, served as acting president
until elections were held on April 14,
2013, when he came away with a
controversial razor thin 1.5 point
Many of the poor in Caracas were often
placated and misled by Hugo Chavez,
who frequently paraded as a martyr for
the poor during campaign and election
times. Chavez routinely touted his
devotion to the poor with his Bolivarian
Revolution, and he spoke of a mass
movement to implement popular
democracy, economic independence, an
equitable distribution of revenues, and
an end to political corruption. Too, he
vowed to “move forward even more
aggressively” to create his version of
Still, since the death of Chavez – and
under Maduro – Venezuela's poor
continue to live below the poverty line,
in squalor and unsafe homes, while the
nation suffers scarcities that include
little food on supermarket shelves and
rolling blackouts of electricity, among
other issues – that even include toilet
paper shortages.
Recently, Venezuelan officials were
accused of “forging emails” to accuse
government adversaries of plotting to
kill President Maduro. Party leaders of
the ruling Socialist Party said, in May,
that government critics were planning to
"annihilate" Maduro as part of a
“planned coup, showing images of
emails they said were evidence of the
Yet records and reports maintain there
were "many indications of user
manipulation." One report, revealing
records subpoenaed from Google,
showed that messages attributed to a
consultant, Pedro Burelli, had never
actually been sent.
The infamous charlatan Hugo Chavez
frequently declared there were CIA
conspiracies against his government and
that U.S. invasions were imminent; as
well as planned assassinations against
him that he claimed to uncover. He
persistently warned of U.S. invasion to
take Venezuela's oil reserves. \
Chavez even suggested that the U.S. had
developed a secret technology to give
cancer to left-wing leaders in Latin
America. "Would it be strange if they
had developed the technology to induce
cancer and nobody knew about it?"
Much of Hugo Chavez's verbal and
venomous regurgitations are borrowed
from his mentor and idyllic persona,
Cuba's Fidel Castro. The borrowed page
of doctrine, from Castro's fifty-plus
years of oppressive rule against the
Cuban people, demonstrates a verbatim
diatribe of U.S. paranoia that was used
by the two leftist leaders to justify
enormous defense and espionage
spending. Since 2005, Chavez spent
billions of dollars for Russian arms and
military aircraft.
Chavez and Maduro continued to tout
their admiration, allegiance and support
to Castro's Cuba, where the failures of
another bankrupt and tired communist
regime have decimated the country for
decades and inflicted massive harm to
its people.
Venezuelans have had ample time to
reflect and digest the failures of socialist
rule under Chavez, and now
Maduro. And it is clear that the
economy continues to fail, while crime
and violence are soaring.
Furthermore, the past regime, and now
Maduro's, have consistently refused to
explain how such an oil-rich country has
fallen financially and failed the people?
Perhaps the Chavez claim, that the U.S.
will invade to take their oil, should
prompt Venezuelans to ask for a better
accounting from their professed leaders.
Venezuela has been, and remains, one of
the most violent nations in the world,
plus there are newsworthy accusations
of endemic corruption and deep official
involvement in drug trafficking. As well,
Maduro is continuing with Chavez era
deceptions within deceptions to avoid
describing a systematically corrupt
administration that has squandered
billions of dollars of Venezuelan
revenues, much of it still unaccounted
Maduro and his Chavismo cohorts who
continue to support the legacy of Hugo
Chavez, perpetuate the myth and
continuing deceit, or are blind to see
that Chavez probably inflicted more
lasting structural damage on
Venezuela’s political institutions,
economy and people than any other
president in the history of the nation.
All this as world reports have revealed
the acquired personal wealth of Hugo
Chavez, which at the time of his death
exceeded US$1 billion.
And Maduro's?——————————
Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal
Justice International Associates, a
global threat mitigation firm
headquartered in northern Virginia. His
website is located at www.cjiausa.org.
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