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Published On: Wed, Mar 18th, 2015

“Crisis” in Venezuela follows US Special Forces Strategy

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The “crisis in Venezuela follows a step by step U.S. strategy that is outlined in a classified document for U.S. Special Forces. In 2012 nsnbc obtained a copy of the document. On Monday, masked militants attacked a local University in Venezuela’s Tachira State with Molotov cocktails. Monday’s attack came after an attempted coup in February and the subsequent designation of Venezuela as a threat to the U.S.’ national security and additional sanctions.

At about 6:00 pm local time university authorities in Venezuela’s Tachira State found themselves besieged by a group of 15-20 hooded militants, reports Rachel Boothroyd for Venezuelanalysis. Police, called by university authorities, arrived in time to prevent the mob from entering the university’s main building.

Super Tuncano_Brazil_Venezuela_TelesurThe first police officers who responded would also find themselves besieged as the “protesters” who set the grassy area around the university building ablaze.

Earlier, “protesters” set a car ablaze while trashing other vehicles. Boothroyd quotes the chargé for citizen security at Tachira’s municipal government as saying that the attackers appear to be a group of students from the Experimental University of Tachira.

Can coups come out of the blue? In February Venezuelan authorities reported that security forces had foiled an attempted coup d’état that involved the bombing of the presidential palace as well as government and civil society buildings, the planned assassination of government and security officials, the seizure of media, and more.

General Vivas_VA_Venezuela (Photo - screen shot)The “Blue Coup” allegedly involved the use of a Brazilian-build EBM-341B1 “Super Tucano” anti-insurgency plane as well as the private military contractors hired by  the U.S. firm Adademi a.k.a. Blackwater.

Only days before the attempted coup, the retired Venezuelan General Angel Vivas released a series of videos, calling on the people to form armed resistance cells and to prepare for a fight to the death.

Courtesy El Universal

Courtesy El Universal

Meanwhile, leading opposition figures who are known for their ties to CIA and Pentagon fronts like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID, among others, released a statement in which they called for the establishment of a “transitional government”.

Among the signatories were the currently jailed leader of the Popular Will Party, Leopoldo Lopez, former National Assembly Legislator, Maria Corina Machado and current Mayor of the Metropolitan Capital District of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma. Lendezma has since been detained and stands charged for being a co-conspirator to the foiled “Blue Coup”.

The U.S.’s Military Logic behind the “Crisis” in Venezuela. A classified Training Circular for U.S. Special Forces, contractors and “foreign students”, entitled “TC 18-01 Special Forces Unconventional Warfare” reveals that the developments which have endangered Venezuelan national security follow the step by step strategy for subversion as outlined in the classified document.

TC 18-01_USA_Cover pageThe document reveals a U.S. strategy that begins with the assessment of a feasible opposition that would be suitable for the implementation of U.S. foreign policy and strategic goals.

It continues with the polarization of a targeted nation’s society, the radicalization, creation of “events” which further polarize and radicalize societies respective sides.

The strategy aims at building a core armed resistance that can lead the country into a coup d’état or into a civil war under the supervision and with the aid of U.S. special forces while maintaining “plausible deniability”.

The document was published by the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in November 2010. The TC 18-01 would state that the United States, for the foreseeable future, primarily would be engaged in unconventional warfare.

A study of the document reveals that the conflicts in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine have followed and are following the strategy as it is outlined in the document.

A study of the document also reveals that the crisis that has erupted in Venezuela in  2014 is following exactly the same blueprint.

The TC 18-01 is so sensitive that it contains a destruction notice that states “Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document”.

The document also states that it is releasable to foreign students on a case-by-case basis only. In 2012 nsnbc international obtained a copy of the TC 18-01 which it published, in full.

A study of the document will enable analysts as well as journalists to forecast developments in Venezuela and to assess the crisis that erupted in 2014 and subsequent developments within an objective strategic and geopolitical context.

CH/L – nsnbc 18.03.2015

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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