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John Bolton Admits He Helped Plan Coups in Other Countries

Former national security adviser John Bolton hinted at recent U.S. involvement in planning foreign coups in a shocking interview moment.

Discussing the latest Jan. 6 committee hearing on Tuesday, Bolton responded to CNN anchor Jake Tapper saying that one doesn’t need to be brilliant to plan a coup.

“I disagree with that. As somebody who has helped plan coup d’etat, not here but other places, it takes a lot of work,” Bolton said.

Later, Tapper returned the conversation to Bolton’s past involvement in planning coups. “Well, I’m not going to go into specifics, but — well, I wrote about Venezuela … not that we had that much to do with it,” Bolton said.

“I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me,” Tapper retorted.

The United States has a history of involvement in foreign coups, including in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Chile in 1973, according to Foreign Policy.

Boston College assistant professor of international politics Lindsey O’Rourke has documented 73 times the U.S. tried to change another country’s government during the Cold War alone, writing for the Washington Post. Nevertheless, the 1973 Chilean coup remains the last recognized time the U.S. has been involved in planning a coup.

Despite a lack of admission, some figures speculated that the U.S. government has had some involvement in recent foreign coups. Among the most prominent of these was Operation Gideon, a failed 2020 coup in Venezuela mockingly dubbed the “Bay of Piglets” by the BBC. Former U.S. Special Forces soldiers played a leading role in orchestrating the attempted coup, but until now, the U.S. government didn’t appear to have any involvement.

Bolton served as former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019. Before that, he served in various roles in the State Department and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006.

8 Comments
  • STACY says:

    The super rich mthr fckrs worldwide use their brainwashed military to do their fighting between each other. All for $$$ & power for themselves that they don’t share with their so called people and not even the soldiers doing their dirty work. It’s a giant pedophile shiiit show worldwide. So sick and tired of it. The average person in all countries are used and abused by the rich one way or another.

  • Phil Barberg says:

    The State Department has been involved in many coups. They have spent many millions of dollars doing this. And we accused Russia of interfearing with the US election. Surprise, everyone does it to gain political influence. Not long ago the US attempted a coup to remove the president of Syria that failed so the CIA took over to use the local tribes to attack him. We actually funded the worst terrorist groups to fight. The State Departments main job is to influence and gain political influence everywhere. We are competing with Russia and China.
    We needed Bolton’s expertise on January 6th to remove the Socialists in Congress. So now they have a comity to punish everyone who dared to exercise their lawful right to remove an unjust Congress. The Democrats are scared and now trying to take away our weapons.

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