What an odd headline this morning from the Left’s favorite business newspaper, The Financial Times: “How to save Venezuela from the cost of sanctions“. The problem in #Venezuela, of the Left’s own making, is the Maduro-Castro regime, not economic sanctions.
If the “global community” of fellow travelers truly wished to ease the suffering of the Venezuelan people, it would lobby the Communists in Cuba to, once and for all, leave Venezuela. They would also strongly urge the illegitimate government of Nicolas Maduro & Iran ally, Vice President Tareck El Aissami, to step aside. However, they are not interested in fixing the problem. They are interested in changing the players.
Keep in mind that the “global community” of fellow travelers is only interested in one thing, preserving socialism in Venezuela and throughout the Andean region. I guess if the majority of people in Venezuela choose to do this, so be it; however, millions of Venezuelans have been disenfranchised at the ballot box, for decades, and hundreds of thousands are now in exile.
None of this is in the U.S. national interest. It will further destabilize the Americas for decades with migration crises, cross-border conflicts that are already taking shape (but policymakers seem to be ignoring), as well as prop up transnational criminal cartels.
Yes, Venezuela, and neighboring Colombia, still have an illegal drugs problem. Without seriously tackling the latter, the region will continue to decline economically and become more of a breeding ground for bad actors, including adherents of radical Islāmic terror.
For the United States, to advance U.S. and regional interests, more sanctions and other fulsome measures are in order. There are people in Venezuela who are ready, willing, and able to give free markets, individual liberties, and respect for the rule of law a real go. To the extent it makes sense to do so, the U.S. should throw its lot with them.
President Donald Trump has done more to advance the cause of liberty in Latin America than the earlier two U.S. administrations. By focusing on America First, and supporting Peoples in the Americas who seek liberty for their countries, so much more can be done to help pave the way for a more stable Western Hemisphere that respects individual liberty, private property, and the rule of law.