Paul Craig Roberts: Washington has appointed a president for Venezuela

24.01.2019, Washington.

The self-proclaimed “president” of Venezuela Juan Guaido was appointed by Washington, American economist and political analyst Paul Craig Roberts wrote in an article published at his web site paulcraigroberts.org on January 23.

“Clearly, Gaido is in Washington’s pocket or Washington would not have chosen him,” Roberts wrote. “Maduro, like Chavez before him, has committed the unpardonable crime of representing the Venezuelan people instead of American corporate and financial interests.”

The US complains that Russia allegedly meddled in the US elections, but at the same time we see that Washington regularly meddles in other countries’ elections, the economist stressed.

Today, according to Roberts, Washington, not the Venezuelan people, has decided who is Venezuela’s president. Declaring the elected government to be “illegitimate,” President Trump elected by diktat the Venezuelan president: “Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela.”

So, now Venezuela has two presidents, Roberts wrote; one elected by the people, and one appointed by Washington. He continues with a rhetorical question, “How long before Washington does this to Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, India?”

On January 23, the mutinous leader of the Venezuelan Parliament Juan Guaido announced himself as an interim acting president of Venezuela at an opposition rally in the country’s capital city. This was immediately recognized by the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, and the Organization of American States.

Paul Craig Roberts is a knight of the Legion of Honor, Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy, former editor of The Wall Street Journal, former United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan, author of books on economy and political science.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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