Targeted Venezuela Sanctions, Better Late Than Never

President Obama has determined that the situation in Venezuela “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” and that additional economic sanctions must be imposed. The somewhat surprise move, in addition to starting to outline the national security threat that Venezuela poses to the Americas, starts to put in …

Iran’s Tango with Latin America

DC Dispatches Editor Yleem Poblete penned an op-ed for the National Interest on Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America. The core message: the United States needs to move beyond a “drugs and thugs,” or pure law enforcement mindset when addressing regional challenges: Networks have been uncovered operating in Latin America that …

Economic Sanctions on the Venezuelan Regime, Long Overdue

Yleem’s latest commentary piece on economic sanctions and Venezuela ran in today’s print edition of The Washington Times. If there was ever a classic specimen calling for targeted economic sanctions it would be the Venezuelan government. For some odd reason, and Yleem elaborates on a few reasons why, the Bush and Obama Administrations have resisted just …

Issues Trumped Partisan Politics in Arlington County Special Election

For the first time since the 1990s a Republican won a seat on the Arlington County Board. Attorney John Vihstadt won yesterday’s special election by a rather healthy margin. His secret? We’re tired in these parts of the County’s (controlled by the Arlington Democratic Party machine) tax and spend policies, especially on wasteful programs such as million …

Oliver Stone, Political Numskull

Oliver Stone is, at best, a political numskull. And, with his latest docudrama about Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, Stone has somehow managed to give conspiracy theorists a bad name. A few years ago, Stone produced a propaganda film praising Chavez and the Bolivarian anti-American movement. Up until a few days ago, I had no idea …

Diplomatic Happy Talk Leads to Western Hemisphere Ambivalence

Joel Pollack at Brietbart recently posted a piece that I wanted to share with our readers, “Why Are Conservative Media Ignoring Venezuela?”. In reality, all media are ignoring Venezuela and all things related to the Western Hemisphere and the reason for it, in large measure, is how the White House has failed to articulate a …

Venezuela “Pacts” May be One Bridge Too Far, Too Late

There is an interesting piece by Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post on the unfolding crisis in Venezuela. Diehl clearly lays out the seemingly benign neglect, or curiously ambivalence, by policymakers and diplomats toward the oil-rich Andean nation. What is interesting about it is that a senior editor of The Washington Post has to put pen …