Trump rightly condemns Venezuela, but that’s just the beginning

The Hill“We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela,” announced President Trump Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly.

Warning Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro of “further actions” if his government doesn’t change course, Trump’s speech was an impassioned rallying cry before the international community. The Venezuelan population has suffered under the heavy weight of starvation, lack of medicines, and nearly five months of violent repression that have left nearly 125 dead and scores injured. To follow up on Tuesday’s speech, more can be done to address the institutionalized corruption and authoritarianism of Maduro’s regime. …




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During the last several decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars in trying to help the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean deliver better lives for their citizens. This has meant helping them increase internal security by combating the illicit growing and trafficking in narcotics and the activities of terrorist groups, as well as helping them to shore up their democratic and free market institutions.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and elsewhere. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, Russia, and even transnational criminal organizations.

We are a group of concerned policy experts that fear the results of these destructive agendas for individual freedom, prosperity, and the well-being of the peoples of the region. Our goal is to inform policymakers and international public opinion of the dangers of these radical populist regimes to inter-American security.