The demise of the Maduro regime looks like prolonged agony for the American Left.
(and for Venezuela)
Conditions are so bad in Venezuela that one citizen in 10 has fled, starvation is rampant, the economy has all but collapsed, violent demonstrations occur daily, and government repression has reached the levels of the old Warsaw Pact nations during the Cold War.
The unmentioned (in America Media at least) reason that the Maduro regime is unlikely to be deposed soon is the presence of Cuban and Russian ‘advisors’.
Maduro’s regime is more of an occupying force, shot through as it is with Cuban military and intelligence operatives forming a police state. High-level military officials can’t desert, because they have too much to lose — their property will be stolen, they and their families will be tortured, imprisoned, and killed, and so on. And the Cubans policing the regime have nowhere to go; Havana doesn’t have jobs for them when they’re sent home by whatever would succeed the Maduro government.
President Trump is doing what he can, realistically, but politically he can do little more.
So far, President Trump has played it fairly smart in Venezuela. He delivered a brilliant speech in Miami last week castigating Maduro as a thug and a dictator, pointedly referencing the Cuban role in that tyrannical regime and reiterating his opposition and the American revulsion to socialism as a governing philosophy. Trump is clearly supporting Guaido’s efforts at bringing humanitarian aid into the country, and it’s likely that support will become more robust over time.
The worst thing Trump could do, politically, is likely the best thing he could to do alleviate the suffering of the people of Venezuela as quickly as possible — namely, to send in the Marines and take out Maduro’s government.
But the President has enough on his plate here and no loyal or solid support from the weak kneed cowards in the GOP.
If he hadn’t been dogged by the ludicrous ‘Russia’ charges the last two years.
If the 2018 mid-terms had properly rewarded him for the amazing job he has done on the economy and unemployment by retaining solid majorities in the House and Senate.
If the ending of the Korean War and the swift demise of ISIS under his watch had been acknowledged by everyone.
So for the time being, Venezuela twists in the wind.
Which means a lot of suffering is in the offing — both for the beleaguered people of Venezuela, who are learning the lesson that while one may vote oneself into socialism one has to shoot oneself out of it, and for the American Left, who will spend the next months and years explaining how Venezuela isn’t real socialism