The Problem With Jack Ryan’s ‘Regime Change’ Crusade in Venezuela

Scene from "Jack Ryan," Season 2
Scene from “Jack Ryan,” Season 2 in which the “unstoppable hero” solves America’s problems by righteously murdering Venezuelans.

Season 2 of the adventures of Tom Clancy’s CIA man has arrived and the target is “Venezuela,” a mythical Latin American country where Americans like Elliot Abrams and Mike Pompeo like to project feelings of aggression and domination. The show intends to entertain and to inculcate Americas in the false narrative that Venezuela is some kind of threat. You could call it “regime change propaganda,” or you could call it utter bullsh*t, depending on your vocabulary.

Venezuela, the real country of 30 million people, is in the throes of a deep social crisis. It is a country that needs a peaceful negotiated settlement of its profound political differences. The opposition, led by novice Juan Guaido, has a solid base of public support. So does the government of President Nicholas Maduro. Norway has been facilitating negotiations and the Washington press corps has studiously avoided covering the talks.

Under President Trump U.S. policy toward Venezuela amounts to “regime change.” Unfortunately, except for Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders, most Democratic presidential candidates effectively support Trump’s policy.

Historically, CIA operations to overthrow governments that offend Washington have followed certain rules. See my guide, “Seven Rules of Regime Change.”

It is true that the Venezuelan government and its intelligence agency, SEBIN, have a poor record on human rights and torture. The CIA also has a poor record on torture, as shown in new movie, The Report. And Jack Ryan is no anti-torture crusader. He’s a fantasy generated by an empire in decay.

2 Replies to “The Problem With Jack Ryan’s ‘Regime Change’ Crusade in Venezuela”

  1. Don’t forget that in Hollywood’s version Venezuela was ruined by a right wing President and is to be saved by the heroic Socialist mother figure. It isn’t a stretch to claim that the C_A would install a left wing government they do that all the time, but I would certainly be interested to see an actual right wing government anywhere in the world today. One that supports free markets, free speech, and just plain freedom.

  2. Ouch. In 5 slender grafs, you’ve decimated the preposterous, posturing Clancy creation; cut the CIA down to size; and put Trump’s latest foreign adventure-obscenity in razor-sharp focus. You can only practice such devastating, surgically precise criticism if you know your field intimately. Well done!

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