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U.S. State Department Shackles Target Maduro's Venezuela Kleptocrats
Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2020 | Austin Bay

Posted on 06/03/2020 2:21:43 PM PDT by Kaslin

That Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro remains in power is a testament to his military's guns, secret police repression, torture of his pro-democracy opposition and the malign charity of four buddy dictatorships, Russia, Iran, Cuba and China.

As late as January 2020, the month during which a Maduro ally hired fancy lobbyists to gull Congress into easing sanctions, the prospects for sending him into Cuban exile looked better. Bipartisan applause greeted Maduro's arch Venezuelan enemy, Juan Guaido, when Guaido attended the State of the Union address as a White House guest.

Guaido was the president of Venezuela's National Assembly when it was still a democratically elected forum. Maduro stole the 2019 election. Braving Maduro's guns, the assembly declared Guaido "interim president." The U.S. helped form a 59-nation coalition to support him. The coalition called Maduro's reelection illegitimate and demanded he resign: a bold, diplomatic endeavor to topple the tyrant, and a gamble worth trying, considering the regime's destruction.

The U.N. estimates that since 2014, some 5.5 million Venezuelan citizens have left the country -- roughly 17% of the population. Decades of socialist bungling and kleptocrat theft have wrecked what was once South America's wealthiest nation.

However, early 2019's "illegitimacy" strategy wagered Venezuelan soldiers would defect to Guaido en masse.

That Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro remains in power is a testament to his military's guns, secret police repression, torture of his pro-democracy opposition and the malign charity of four buddy dictatorships, Russia, Iran, Cuba and China.

As late as January 2020, the month during which a Maduro ally hired fancy lobbyists to gull Congress into easing sanctions, the prospects for sending him into Cuban exile looked better. Bipartisan applause greeted Maduro's arch Venezuelan enemy, Juan Guaido, when Guaido attended the State of the Union address as a White House guest.

Guaido was the president of Venezuela's National Assembly when it was still a democratically elected forum. Maduro stole the 2019 election. Braving Maduro's guns, the assembly declared Guaido "interim president." The U.S. helped form a 59-nation coalition to support him. The coalition called Maduro's reelection illegitimate and demanded he resign: a bold, diplomatic endeavor to topple the tyrant, and a gamble worth trying, considering the regime's destruction.

The U.N. estimates that since 2014, some 5.5 million Venezuelan citizens have left the country -- roughly 17% of the population. Decades of socialist bungling and kleptocrat theft have wrecked what was once South America's wealthiest nation.

However, early 2019's "illegitimacy" strategy wagered Venezuelan soldiers would defect to Guaido en masse.

Maduro railed for a week. Guaido denied involvement. The attack does have the smell of a false flag operation.

But here is the deep news. Since the farce, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made it clear that Washington is escalating its diplomatic and economic war on Maduro.

On May 13, Venezuela and Cuba reappeared on the U.S. anti-terrorism Not Fully Cooperating Country list. The U.S. accused the Maduro regime of harboring rogue Colombian guerrillas and terrorists. In diplo-speak, Venezuela is waging covert war on its neighbor. That will add stiffer sanctions.

On May 20, Pompeo announced "Venezuelans in need" (refugee camps) would receive $138 million in humanitarian assistance. On May 29, he reaffirmed American commitment to Guaido's leadership.

On June 2, once again, U.S. diplomats attacked the oil choke point by imposing sanctions on four companies involved in smuggling Venezuelan oil.

The goal of these political and economic shackles: to reduce the reward for obeying Maduro's noxious regime.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: maduro

1 posted on 06/03/2020 2:21:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The only strategy that might work in my opinion is if some lone sniper started to take out Maduros generals one by one. At some point they would get the message and dessert Maduro.


2 posted on 06/03/2020 2:30:16 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Kaslin

Why don’t we send ANTIFA there.


3 posted on 06/03/2020 5:00:05 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk
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