By Jake Johnson / <a href="www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/01/if-isnt-armed-coup-then-what-hell-us-denounced-backing-attempted-overthrow-venezuela">Common Dreams</a>
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As the Trump administration enthusiastically endorsed the so-called “military uprising” led by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido but refused to call it a coup attempt, progressive critics and anti-war voices made clear that is precisely what took place Tuesday as violent clashes erupted throughout the Latin American nation.
“If this isn’t an ‘armed coup,’ then what the hell is?!” the peace group CodePink asked on Twitter after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), one of the most prominent cheerleaders of Guaido’s ongoing attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s elected government, denied that the opposition’s efforts amounted to a coup plot.
National security adviser John Bolton’s echoed Rubio’s insistence that Guaido’s actions—supported by group of heavily armed soldiers—”is not a coup.”
In response, Gerry Condon of Veterans for Peace wrote for Common Dreams, “And night is day.”
“[Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo and Bolton blame the Cubans and the Russians for supporting the democratically-elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro,” wrote Condon. “They threaten the Russians with consequences, but they save their…