Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Nicolas Maduro”

A Reality Check on Our Absurd Venezuela Policy

Now the U.S. is in the absurd position of supporting a “legitimate” government with no power.

Posted February 19th, 2019

The Fantasies of Regime Changers

These fantasies are rooted in grossly overestimating the power of our government to affect political change in other countries and exaggerating the vulnerability of the targeted regime.

Posted February 19th, 2019

Trump’s Irresponsible Venezuela Speech

There is almost no message less likely to spur defections from the Venezuelan military than this one, and there is no messenger less suited to delivering it than Trump.

Posted February 18th, 2019

The Pitfalls of Weaponizing Aid Deliveries

Taken together with the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector, the attempt to use aid as a political weapon to achieve regime change is particularly cruel.

Posted February 17th, 2019

The U.S. Will Regret Interfering in Venezuela

There is usually a dangerous combination of hubris and failure to anticipate setbacks in every regime change policy, and this one is no exception.

Posted February 15th, 2019

U.S. Sanctions Deepen the Misery of Venezuelans

Leave it to the sanctions addicts to make a terrible situation even worse.

Posted February 9th, 2019

Americans Should Reject Military Intervention in Venezuela

U.S. military intervention in Venezuela must not happen.

Posted February 9th, 2019

The Injustice of Sanctions

It is inherently unjust to add to the burdens of people who are already enduring the corruption, mismanagement, and abuses of their government.

Posted February 7th, 2019

Trump’s Foreign Policy and the 2019 SOTU

The president probably didn’t mean to call attention to how irrational and illegitimate his policies are, but he did.

Posted February 5th, 2019

The Cruelty of Venezuela Sanctions

This move by the U.S. to strangle the Venezuelan government will inflict punishment on the entire population and exacerbate the already severe humanitarian crisis there.

Posted January 28th, 2019

The Folly of a War with Venezuela

The Trump administration is now effectively extending U.S. security guarantees to Guaidó and his supporters.

Posted January 28th, 2019

The Pitfalls of Meddling in Venezuela

The U.S. shouldn’t have irresponsibly taken sides in a foreign crisis on the say-so of dangerous ideologues.

Posted January 27th, 2019

Venezuela and Our Regime Change Addiction

The Trump administration won’t call its Venezuela policy one of regime change for the same reason it shies away from describing its Iran policy this way: regime changers know that the phrase is politically radioactive.

Posted January 24th, 2019

Misplaced Hope Is Not a Strategy

It seems that none of the governments backing Guaido nor the opposition had any concrete plans for gaining the support of the military. Everyone has just been hoping that it will all work out somehow.

Posted January 24th, 2019

Why Intervention in Venezuela Must Be Rejected

The administration keeps saying that “all options are on the table,” but militarizing Venezuela’s crisis is one option that should be firmly ruled out.

Posted January 24th, 2019

The Venezuela Blunder Puts U.S. Diplomats at Risk

Keeping U.S. diplomats in a country where our government has just declared the current leadership to be illegitimate puts them at great risk for no good reason.

Posted January 23rd, 2019

Another Venezuela Blunder

As general rule, it is very questionable for the U.S. government to throw its support behind an opposition leader during an internal political dispute like this.

Posted January 23rd, 2019