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Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio…Front Man For Trump’s War of Aggression Against Venezuela

MSM finally admit that Venezuela aid truck was torched by protesters

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio
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Rubio Lied About Who Burned the Venezuelan Aid Trucks

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio appears to have shared fake information over the past month as part of an attempt to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, according to a scathing report published over the weekend by the New York Times. Rubio blamed Maduro’s forces for burning a bunch of American “aid” trucks lined up at the Colombia-Venezuela border — but newly released footage shows Rubio’s own allies actually set the trucks on fire by mistake when a protester’s Molotov cocktail accidentally hit one of the trucks.

Colombian officials, who are allied with the United States, appear to have known this fact. The Times noted the Colombian government released doctored footage that intentionally omitted video of the incendiary device flying sideways and landing near the aid trucks. Rubio and his allies have since used the doctored footage to accuse Maduro of “crimes against humanity” for burning the trucks.

International aid groups, including the United Nations and Red Cross, told the U.S. not to do anything like this to effect regime change. They said the actions of Guaidó and his allies were likely to worsen the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Rubio, in tandem with warmongering National Security Adviser John Bolton and war-crime-abetting Venezuelan envoy Elliott Abrams, ignored these requests and even attacked the UN for allegedly protecting Maduro.

But while Maduro has unquestionably committed crimes against everyday Venezuelans, last month’s so-called aid push appears to have been cynically used by American politicians to generate propaganda.

Guaidó’s forces tried to drive most of the “aid” trucks over a single, nonfunctioning bridge that connects the town of Cúcuta, Colombia, to Venezuela. Times reporter Anatoly Kurmanev, who was on the scene that day, noted the plan seemed designed to fail and intended to generate optics instead of helping Venezuelans. It was an attempt by Trump and Rubio to gin up electoral support in South Florida before the 2020 elections. (Even the Canadian Broadcasting Company admitted the “aid” push on the bridge appeared to be an act of “propaganda.”) The news about the burned trucks reinforces the point.

Minutes after flames engulfed the trucks, Rubio began tweeting out a Colombian news report that accused Maduro’s forces of setting the vehicles on fire by throwing tear-gas canisters at the caravan:

Commenters began casting doubt on those claims almost immediately. Numerous critics noted it’s virtually impossible for a tear-gas canister to set something on fire. Some online critics accused Guaidó’s forces of setting the trucks ablaze on purpose.

But within 24 hours, a more accurate theory emerged: Footage from the scene suggested the trucks simply caught fire by accident and that Rubio and his allies seized on the incident, facts be damned. Now, the Times has obtained new, previously unaired footage that proves that point.

Rubio also seems to have lied about the trucks’ cargo. He repeatedly said the caravan was full of medicine, but Times reporters could not confirm that claim. Instead, the trucks seemed to be carrying medical supplies such as gloves and face masks.

Rubio has not commented publicly about the Times report. The story is the latest in a series of propagandistic lies and half-truths from the senator and his cohorts. For instance, Guaidó and his American allies claimed there was video of Venezuelan authorities threatening to open fire on a U.S. aid ship that had set sail for Venezuela from Puerto Rico. But in the weeks since, no video has emerged, and CBS News reporter David Begnaud has all but implied the footage does not exist.

(U.S. Reps. Donna Shalala and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, two Democrats, were in Colombia over the weekend calling for Maduro’s removal.)

Rubio also put his foot in his mouth earlier this year when he referenced U.S. military disasters in Panama and Libya to gin up support for his efforts in Venezuela. The tweets backfired, even among many of his allies.

Rubio is still posting gibberish to bolster his cause. Venezuela is experiencing massive power blackouts due, in part, to the Maduro government’s mismanagement of utilities. But Rubio made an ass of himself once again. He claimed on Twitter that an electrical transformer exploded at the “German Dam” in Venezuela. In fact, no such dam exists — “Germán Dam” is actually the name of the reporter who broke the news.

Rubio has not yet issued corrections for any of the misinformation he’s spread online about the trucks. (Though he did apologize to Dam this morning.) He should also apologize for the time he quoted Cardi B’s single “Money” on Twitter while agitating for war against Maduro.

Venezuelan Power Grid–chronicle of US sabotage

Guri DamSimon Bolivar (Guri) 10,055 MW Venezuela

[Maduro says 2 perpetrators of power grid ‘sabotage’ captured]

 

Marco Rubio, an American senator, was one of the first to announce the blackout, which he blamed on the “Maduro regime”, and pointed out something that only those who were involved in the sabotage operation could know[Rubio Lied About Who Burned the Venezuelan Aid Trucks].

At 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 7, almost the entire country was left in the dark. Light was cut in 22 of the 24 states, which resulted in cuts to many of the telephone and transportation communications. The first to report on behalf of the government was the minister of electrical energy, Motta Domínguez, who denounced an attack on the “generation and transmission unit in Bolívar, specifically in the Guri, the backbone of electricity.” 

Then the communication minister, Jorge Rodríguez, announced that “the criminal intent was to subject the people of Venezuela to several days without power supply to assault and mistreat him.” President Nicolás Maduro, for his part, focused the responsibility on “the electric war announced and directed by US imperialism.” The darkness was total in the Caracas night of Thursday, some candles, phones with battery, generators, stars, the streets in total solitude.

At dawn on Friday the vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, declared a non-working day and no school. The country woke up in the uncertainty, in Caracas neighborhoods people left early to find ways to reach their commitments, to stand at the door of their houses to talk among neighbors to gather information available, few people had telephone service to receive messages. Almost all shops were closed, and Plaza Bolivar, for example, became a meeting point for those seeking information.

The reaction of the national and international right was another from the beginning. Marco Rubio, an American senator, was one of the first to announce the blackout, which he blamed on the “Maduro regime”, and pointed out something that only the person involved in the sabotage operation could know: that the back-up generators had not worked. Juan Guaidó, meanwhile, wrote that “Venezuela is clear that the light comes with the cessation of usurpation,” and the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said: “There is no food, there is no medicine, now there is no electricity, next, there will be no Maduro. ” 

That data provided by Rubio was the one that Jorge Rodríguez showed to show how it was a planned action as part of the plan of attacks underway in the strategy of overthrow. The minister spoke at night hours of Friday, when the electrical system was reestablished and returned to go by areas, both nationally and in Caracas.

According to the information provided, it was a cyber attack on the automated control system of the hydroelectric plant, which, in effect, prevented backup generators from working. El Guri, according to the minister, generates a large part of the electricity required by the country. 

It is not the first time that acts of sabotage to the electrical installations occur. It is instead the first time that happens in these dimensions, and, in turn, within a political framework of these characteristics, where the possibility of acts of sabotage was already anticipated as part of the attacks of attrition and construction of a Caotization scenario that seeks to develop the right.

Friday night was the restoration of service, where, with the passage of hours the system was stabilized. One of the central elements that left the days of sabotage was the reaction of the population, which responded with tranquility, prudence, which led to no episodes of violence as it seemed that it sought to trigger the blackout. 

The day of Saturday 9 is marked by the mobilizations of the right and chavism, in a picture of instability, where it has been shown that the strategy of the right can resort to criminal actions as it is to leave a country without light, with all the consequences that entails. 

“The US gets its ass handed to it” In RAND Corp Analysis of War w/China and Russia

The RAND Corporation, who carried out the simulation, claimed US land, sea and air forces would be reduced to rubble in the outlandish scenario. Nonprofit research organization RAND Corporation reported the war-game showed US armed forces facing substantial losses, despite repeated attempts to overcome both Russia and China’s military muscle. RAND analyst David Ochmanek said: “In our games when we fight Russia and China, the US gets its a** handed to it.

“We lose a lot of people.

“We lose a lot of equipment.

“We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary.”

The simulations showed the US see major setbacks in all five battlefield domains.

The US were soundly beaten on land, sea, air, space and cyberspace.

US stealth fighters were often wiped out while still on the runway.

Former deputy secretary of defence and an experienced war-gamer Robert Work said: “F-35 rules the sky when it’s in the sky, it gets killed on the ground in large numbers.”

Other scenarios showed that US warships were sunk and US bases reduced to rubble.

The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy leaves a shipyard
The aircraft carrier Liaoning of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy leaves a shipyard (Image: GETTY)

The US was seen to not have enough anti-air and missile defence capabilities to strike back in the event of a high-end conflict.

Both aircraft carriers and US Air Force bases were often targeted by long-range precision-guided missiles, and the US Army’s tank brigades were pummeled by cruise missiles, drones and helicopters, officials stated.

Mr Ochmanek said: ”Things that rely on sophisticated base infrastructure like runways and fuel tanks are going to have a hard time.”

When it comes to cyber warfare, Mr Ochmanek indicated that US satellites and wireless networks could become ineffective if Chinese military forces were to employ “system destruction warfare”.