I have a problem. I'm trying to understand the crisis in Venezuela at the moment, and I've seen many videos on Youtube which purport to explain it correctly. Many videos make starkly opposite claims, and they mostly have 100% up-votes, which makes me think that people are accepting whatever information they're hearing. In one video, titled "Explaining the US-led right-wing coup in Venezuela" a commentator, Ben Norton, who sounds very knowledgeable about the history and facts, implies that what many believe to be a coup by the US to oust Nicolas Maduro is comparable to what the US supposedly did in 2002 to support the coup against Hugo Chavez.
I have read the entire Wikipedia article titled 2002 Venezuelan coup d'etat attempt, and it isn't clear to me that the US had a significant role in the events that occurred in 2002. First of all, the calls for Chavez to resign and the reasons for it seem to have been domestic within Venezuela itself. Chavez continuously made decisions under his rule by decree powers which angered the general people, the military, the state-owned oil company, labor unions and media outlets.
Furthermore, Hugo Chavez himself said he didn't believe the US was involved, then after the event said that the US knew about the coup and approved of it. Other Chavez supporters attribute more involvement by the US, specifically the CIA. Also the point is made that the US knew about an attempted coup since late-2001, however talks of an imminent coup were circulating within Venezuela itself for months before it happened (the article isn't clear if the US knew about it before it had already been known within Venezuela).
I know that most (all?) countries meddle in the affairs of other countries, and the United States has a particularly bad track record with regard to the Americas in general, but I get the feeling that there's this instinct to blame the US any time a coup is about to happen. If you want to read about the allegations of US-involvement in the 2002 coup attempt, this is the section in the article that goes over this.
Allegations of US involvement
So here's the quote from the commentator. The second paragraph is there just for context. The substance of the claim I'm asking about is in the first paragraph. And here is the point in the video when he speaks these words.
And also, this is not the first coup. In 2002, when Hugo Chavez was elected the Bush Administration also supported a military coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez. But, Hugo Chavez, who preceded Nicolas Maduro, was so popular that the masses of the Venezuelan people went out into the streets and demanded the restoration of Hugo Chavez, and the military rebelled against the coup regime and reinstalled Hugo Chavez after two days. That was back in April 2002. The Bush administration had its hands all over that. Mainstream media outlets have admitted this, the CIA was involved in that plot, as has been the case for decades.
The US and specifically the CIA has supported dozens of military coups, political coups, of, you know, opposition groups throughout Latin America, trying to destabilize every leftist government.
Addition: Here is the same claim made by Abby Martin.
"The US has enacted a policy of regime change since Hugo Chavez got elected in 1999. Not only did the Bush Administration work with the Venezuelan opposition in order to install a bloody coup in 2003 where they kidnapped Hugo Chavez at the barrel of a gun, ..."
Link to video
Addition 2: Here is the same claim made by Ana Kasparian, host of the show The Young Turks:
And remember, the US has been attempting to do a coup against Venezuela since 2002. There was a failed coup back in 2002, and it was US-backed, and that was when Hugo Chavez was the president.
Link to quote in video