"If Maduro is not, in fact, a tyrant, if Venezuela does in fact have a comparatively free press and fair elections; if the US-UK corporate press is not in fact concerned about the fairness of elections, press freedom, poverty and mass death, even when caused by their own governments – then what is their problem with the Maduro government?"
"Curious how much Venezuela suddenly matters to the EU when the recent notorious election in Bangladesh didn’t register like this…nor the Catalan question…nor the host of murderous dictators it supports across the Gulf. Why Caracas? "
The reason perhaps in this memo on Venezuelan oil resources from Wikileaks
Or Marco Rubio declaring, "Biggest buyers of Venezuelan oil are @ValeroEnergy & @Chevron. Refining heavy crude from #Venezuela supports great jobs in Gulf Coast. For the sake of these U.S. workers I hope they will begin working with administration of President Guaido & cut off illegitimate Maduro regime."
Or Fox Business commentator, Stuart Varney, asserting that getting rid of Maduro was paramount since he was bringing “countries with interests hostile to ours” into the country and ousting him would be a “potential major step forward” for “business” opportunities in the region.
Bolton told Fox in 2012 a month after the disastrous US-led NATO intervention which left Libya a failed state.“I’m interested in Libya if we take the oil. If we don’t take the oil, no interest,”
He also said in another interview of Libya . “We’ll help you, but we want 50 percent of your oil.”
So should we be surprised when Bolton says regards Venezuela, "We're in conversation with major American companies now...It would make a difference if we could have American companies produce the oil in Venezuela. It would be good for Venezuela and the people of the United States."
Trump has also advocated a “take the oil” policy for Iraq and Libya in the past.
Trump twice raised to the Iraqi prime minister the idea of repaying America for its invasion with Iraqi oil
Trump in 2011: We should “Immediately go into Libya and knock this guy out...We should’ve said we’ll help you, but we want 50% of your oil."
Media Lens, which monitors news reporting explains, "Corporate politicians and journalists are playing a very familiar game...Time and again, we are asked to give the benefit of the doubt to famously cynical, greed-driven Western political leaders and parties. We can’t believe they can be simply lying to us, making it up – week after week, month after month – so that they and their powerful corporate allies can get their hands on oil. Time and again, too many of us defer to authority and whole countries are destroyed.