“Washington cannot abandon Latin America. After all, the problems that afflict Latin America will inevitably ripple upward to the United States, causing grave political and economic dislocations. They already are. Imagine what happens if the United States retreats completely from the region and cedes its influence to rivals like China, Russia, and Iran – or Cuba, for that matter.”
“We’ve tried economic sanctions, and since we don’t want a wider war, let’s try diplomacy in Venezuela.”
“The solution is to organize a massive regional response to the Venezuelan crisis. Countries like Colombia, Peru, and Brazil are all interested in mitigating Venezuela’s collapse. The Trump Administration must head a regional coalition that would aim to ameliorate the suffering of the Venezuelan people, while putting pressure on the regime in Caracas. Venezuela, more than Syria, is where a limited, American-led humanitarian intervention of regional powers should occur. The longer that the Trump Administration ignores the Venezuelan crisis, the more time America’s enemies have to harden their positions in our part of the world—which could directly threaten the United States.”
“The United States must act now. We must look to the Berlin Airlift and do what we can to send aid to the Venezuelan people in a visible way that lets them know that they are not alone and the United States is not their enemy. Venezuela’s enemy is its own leaders. If the United States fails to act, we could be facing a refugee crisis on the level of the Syrian Civil War, and we could witness the complete destabilization of Latin America–which will creep its way into our country, since we share a mostly undefended land border. While humanitarian aid may be a costly endeavor with no guarantee of success, doing nothing assures failure.”
“Should Colombia be consumed by chaos, the region will become consumed by chaos. Since the United States is connected to this part of the world by geography and instability here ultimately impacts security in America, it would behoove the Trump Administration to handle this situation with a much lighter touch than they have thus far.”
Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, Russia, and China form an informal illiberal authoritarian alliance aimed at nuclear proliferation. This article details that truth.
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz writes on Venezuela: “One thing is certain: Socialism won’t go away easily. Perhaps the Organization of the American States should intervene militarily. The US should discreetly help organize, arm, and cheer a Latin expeditionary force.”
Venezuela is imploding. Iran, Russia, and China have increased their holdings in the region. America has ignored Latin America for years. Meanwhile, the threat posed by Illegal Immigration to the U.S. increases as instability does. The U.S. cannot ignore Venezuela.
The Drug War has raged for over forty years. Yet, since 2006, the global War on Drugs has taken a turn for the truly awful. The Mexican Drug War has cost over 100,000 lives, it has destabilized not only Mexico, but also the entire Central American region (and, with Venezuela destabilizing on its own, the instability caused by drug cartels could spread there as things get more desperate). This piece assesses Mexico’s War on Drugs and how the U.S. can best respond to this instability.