Chronology of the 4th Generation War Against Venezuela

The US Government is waging war on Venezuela - not your typical,
traditional war, but a modern, asymmetric - 4th Generation War -
against President Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution. A
presentation of the pattern and escalation of US
Government aggression against Venezuela.

By Eva Golinger - Postcards from the Revolution
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The US Government is waging war on Venezuela - not your typical,
traditional war, but a modern, asymmetric - 4th Generation War -
against President Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution. Below is a
presentation I created regarding the pattern and escalation of US
Government aggression against Venezuela, with clear quotes and cites as
evidence to back up this claim.

OBJECTIVE

Relate Chávez with:

*Drug trafficking
*Terrorism
*A Dictatorship
*An Arms Race
*Money Laundering
*A Threat Against Regional Security

Actions
2002-2006

*The coup d’etat against Chávez in 2002
*The “lockout” and economic sabotage from December 2002 to February 2003
*The “guarimbas” of 2004
*The Recall Referendum of 2004
*Electoral Intervention in 2005 and 2006
*An increase in US military presence in the region during 2006-2007

Change in Strategy

-After
the victory of President Chávez in the recall referendum of 2004, the
US toughened its position towards Venezuela increased its public
hostility and aggression against the Venezuelan government.

-January 2005: “Hugo Chávez is a negative force in the region.” -Condoleezza Rice

-March
2005: “Venezuela is one of the most unstable and dangerous ‘hot spots’
in Latin America.” -Porter Goss, ex-Director of the CIA

-March
2005: “Venezuela is starting a dangerous arms race that threatens
regional security.” -Donald Rumsfeld, ex-Secretary of Defense

-March
2005: “I am concerned about Venezuela’s influence in the area of
responsibility...SOUTHCOM supports the position of the Joint Chiefs to
maintain ‘military to military’ contact with the Venezuelan military…we
need an inter-agency focus to deal with Venezuela.” -General Bantz
Craddock, ex-Commander of SOUTHCOM

-July 2005: “Cuba and
Venezuela are promoting instability in Latin America…There is no doubt
that President Chávez is funding radical forces in Bolivia.” -Rogelio
Pardo-Maurer, Assistant Sub-Secretary of Defense for the Western
Hemisphere

-July 2005: “Venezuela and Cuba are promoting
radicalism in the region...Venezuela is trying to undermine the
democratic governments in the region to impede CAFTA.” -Donald
Rumsfeld, ex-Secretary of Defense

-August 2005: “Venezuelan
territory is a safe haven for Colombian terrorists.” -Tom Casey,
spokesperson for the Department of State

-September 2005: “The
problem of working with President Chávez is serious and continuous, as
it is in other parts of the relationship.” -John Walters, Director of
the National Policy Office for Drug Control.

-November 2005:
“The assault on democratic institutions in Venezuela continues and the
system is in serious danger.” -Thomas Shannon, Sub-secretary of State

Escalation in Aggression 2006
The War Machine

-2
February 2006: “Presidente Chávez continues to use his control to
repress the opposition, reduce freedom of the press and restrict
democracy….it’s a threat.” -John Negroponte, ex-Director of National
Intelligence

-2 February 2006: “We have Chávez in Venezuela with
a lot of money from oil. He is a person who was elected legally, just
like Adolf Hitler...” - Donald Rumsfeld, ex-Secretary of Defense

Connection with Terrorism

-16
March 2006: “In Venezuela, a demogoge full of oil money is undermining
democracy and trying to destabilize the region.” -George W. Bush

-June
2006: “Venezuela’s cooperation in the international campaign against
terrorism continues to be insignificant...It’s not clear to what point
the Venezuelan government offered material support to Colombian
terrorists.” - Annual Report on Terrorism, Department of State

Increase in Military Presence

-March-July
2006: The US military engages in four major exercises off the coast of
Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea, with support from NATO, and based at
the US air force base in Curaçao. A permanen military presence is
established in the Dominican Republic and the bases in Curaçao and
Aruba are reinforced.

-July 2006: “Venezuela, under President
Hugo Chávez, has tolerated terrorists in its territory...”
-Subcommittee on International Terrorism, House of Representatives

Increase in Subversión

-The
US Embassy in Caracas establishes the “American Corners” in 5
Venezuelan States (Lara, Monagas, Bolívar, Anzoátegui, Nueva Esparta),
to act as centers of propaganda, subversion, espionage and
infiltration.

-Ambassador Brownfield intensifies his public hostility towards the Venezuelan government

-The Embassy begins to promote separatism in the State of Zulia

-Funding of opposition groups via USAID and NED doubles

Chávez = “dictator”

-At
the beginning of 2007, Venezuela is severely attacked in the
international media & by US government spokespersons for its
decision to nationalize the Cantv, the Electricity of Caracas and the
Faja Orinoco oil fields.

-In May 2007 the attack intensifies with the decision to not renew the public operating concession to RCTV.

-A powerful international media campaign is initiated against Venezuela y President Chávez.

-The “food shortage” and “hording” strategy begins as part of an economic sabotage.

Chávez = “repressor of Human Rights”

-The
USA foments, funds and encourages the right-wing student movement and
helps to project their favorable image to the international community
in order to distort the perception of President Chávez’s popularity.

-Groups
like Human Rights Watch, Inter-American Press Association, Reporters
without Borders accuse Venezuela of violating human rights and freedom
of expression.

Increase in aggressions Cases: Colombia and the “maletín”

-5
August 2007: President Chávez commits during an Aló Presidente to
contribute towards a humanitarian agreement between the FARC and the
Colombian government

-6 August 2007: The case of the “maletín”
(briefcase full of $800,000) is exploited in international media in an
attempt to involve Chávez and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in an act
of corruption and money laundering.

-15 August: President Chávez announces the Constitutional Reform

-30 August: Chávez pardons 41 paramilitaries imprisoned in Venezuela since 2004 for rebellion and attempted assassination

-31 August: Uribe accepts Chávez’s mediation in the humanitarian peace agreement

-17
September: Bush/USA classifies Venezuela as a nation “not cooperating”
with the war against drug trafficking, for the third year in a row

They Launch the attack

-25 September: Condoleezza Rice declares the US is “concerned about the destructive populism” of Chávez

-26 October: A US nuclear submarine arrives in Curazao to presumably engage in espionage

-21 November: Uribe unilaterally terminates Chávez’s mediation in the humanitarian peace accord

-27
November: “Operation Tenaza” is made public (a plan to promote fear and
violence during the days before the referendum on constitutional reform)

MEDIA WAR

-The media campaign against Chávez intensifies in national and international media:

*Chávez is a “de facto” dictator
*There is no freedom of expression
*There is no private property
*Human rights are violated and repressed

Increase in aggressions 2007

-2
December: We lose the referendum, but Chávez accepts the lose with
grace and foils the campaign to demonize him as a “dictator”

-12
December: The FBI detains 3 Venezuelans and 1 Uruguayan in Miami
accused of being “agents of the Venezuelan government” in the case of
the “maletín”

-24-30 December: “Operation Emmanuel” begins to liberate 3 hostages held by the FARC

Uribe’s Sabotage

-31
December: Uribe announces that he has the child Emmanuel in custody and
that he is not with the FARC in an attempt to ridicule and discredit
Chávez, but Chávez acts gracefully and is content the boy is safe, and
he proceeds with the liberation process of Clara Rojas and Consuelo
González

-10 January 2008: After Uribe sabotages the hostage
liberation with military operations in the region, the FARC release
Clara Rojas and Consuelo González to President Chávez’s custody

The “meetings and visits” between the USA and Colombia begin one after the other...

Chávez = “arms race”

-17
January: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the
US Armed Forces meets with Uribe, Minister of Defense Juan Manuel
Santos, US Ambassador William Brownfield y and the Commander General of
the Colombian Armed Forces Fredy Padilla de León and declares during a
press conference that he is “concerned about the arms purchases made by
Chávez” and expresses that this could “destabilize the region.” He
expresses complete support for Colombia and Uribe.

Chávez = “drug trafficker”

-19
January: John Walters, the US Anti-Drug Czar meets with Uribe in
Colombia, together with 5 US congresspersons and Ambassador Brownfield,
and declares Venezuela a nation “complicit with drug trafficking” that
presents “a threat to the US and the region”. He also expresses his
wish that the Free Trade Agreement between the US and Colombia be
ratified by Congress soon.

-24 January: Condoleezza Rice
visits Colombia, together with Sub-Secretary of State Thomas Shannon
and 10 congress members from the democratic party to push the FTA and
back Colombia in its conflict with Venezuela.

-25 January:
Moíses Maionica declares himself “guilty” in the case of the “maletín”
and “admits” to acting as an “agent of the Venezuelan government”

-28
January: President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address
emphasizes the importance of the FTA with Colombia alerts to the threat
of “populist” and “undemocratic” governments in the region.

-February:
SOUTHCOM sends the Navy’s “4th fleet” to the Caribbean Sea (a group of
war ships, submarines and aircraft carriers that haven’t been in these
waters since the Cold War)

-1 February: The US Justice
Department publicly implicates General Henry Rangel Silva, Director of
the DISIP (civilian intelligence force), in the case of the “maletin”

-3
February: The magazine Semana from Colombia publishes an article tying
General Hugo Carvajal, Director of Military Intelligence, with the FARC
and drug trafficking

Chávez = “threat to US national security”

-5
February: The Director of National Intelligence, General Mike
McConnell, publishes the Annual Threat Report which classifies
Venezuela as the “principal threat against the US in the hemisphere”

-4-5 February: A high level meeting between the Commanders of the Colombian Navy and Army and the US Marines in Mayport, FL

-7
February: Exxon-Mobil tries to “freeze” $12 billion of Venezuelan
assets in London, Holland and the Dutch Antilles as part of an economic
sabotage

-8 February: General Mario Montoya Uribe, National
Commander of the Colombian Army, visits the US Army South Command for a
“briefing”.

-27 February: A Report on Present Threats to
National Security of the Defense Intelligence Agency classifies
Venezuela as a “national security threat” to the US.

Each time the FARC frees hostages, the US attacks Chávez

-27
February: The Farc release 4 hostages, Luís Eladio Pérez, Gloria
Polanco, Jorge Eduardo Gecham and Orlando Beltrán, to Presidente
Chávez’s custody.

-29 February: A Department of State report
accuses Venezuela of being a country that permits “the transit of
illegal drugs”, “money laundering” and being “complicit with drug
trafficking.”

Colombian Aggression

-29 February: Rear
Admiral Joseph Nimmich, Director of the US Joint Interagency Task
Force, meets in Bogotá with the Commander General of the Colombian
Armed Forces.

-1 March: The Colombian army invades Ecuatorian
territory and assassinates Raúl Reyes and a dozen others, including 4
Mexicans, at a FARC camp in the jungle near the border.

Attempt to tie Chávez with terrorism

-2-3
March: General Jorge Naranjo, Commander of Colombia’s National Police,
declares that laptop computers rescued from the scene of the bombing
that killed Reyes and others evidence that President Chávez gave more
than $300 million to the FARC along with a quantity of uranium and
weapons. No other evidence is produced or shown to the public. Ecuador
is also accused of supporting the FARC.

-2 March: Venezuela mobilizes troops to the border with Colombia

The US mobilizes

-4
March: The US Navy sends the Aircraft Carrier “Harry Truman” to the
Caribbean Sea to engage in military exercises to prevent potential
terrorist attacks and eventual conflicts in the region.

-4 March: President Bush states the US will defend Colombia against the “provocations” from Venezuela.

-4
March: Uribe announces he will bring a claim before the International
Criminal Court against President Chávez for “sponsoring genocide and
terrorism”.

Chávez = “money laundering”

-4 March:
Carlos Kauffman declares himself “guilty” to acting as an “agent of the
Venezuelan government” in the case of the “maletín.”

-5 March:
The US Federal Prosecutor announces that a Venezuelan Vice-Minister of
Interior and Justice is implicated in the case of the “maletín”.

Chávez = TERRORISM

-10
March: President Bush requests his team of lawyers and advisors review
the possibility of placing Venezuela on the list of “STATE SPONSORS OF
TERRORISM” together with Cuba, Iran, Syria and North Korea. This
classification will seriously affect the commercial relations between
the US and Venezuela since commerce between the nations will be
prohibited. Such a classification will also justify the application of
the “Bush Doctrine” - Preventive War - that could result in an invasion
or other type of aggression against Venezuela.

-18 March:
President Bush declares:"The regime in Caracas has railed against
America, has forged an alliance with communist Cuba, has met with FARC
leaders in Venezuela, has deployed troops to the Colombian border. In
the process, regime leaders have squandered their oil wealth and left
their people to face food shortages.

Recently when Colombian
forces killed one of the FARC's most senior leaders they discovered
computer files that suggest even closer ties between Venezuela's regime
and FARC terrorists than we previously knew. Colombia officials are
investigating the ties, but this much should be clear: The United
States strongly supports, strongly stands with Colombia in its fight
against the terrorists and drug lords."

OBJECTIVES

• Persuade the US Congress to ratify the FTA with Colombia
• Maintain the US military base Manta (destabilizing Correa’s government)
• Contain the influence of Chávez in the region and impede Latin American integration
• Promote a “transition” in Cuba
• Stop the constitutional processes in Bolivia and Ecuador
• Eliminate the FARC

Encourage a military conflict in the region to justify international
intervention and guarantee US control over oil and gas reserves in the
region, of course overthrowing Chávez, Evo and Correa in the meantime

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