The ideals of romanticized guerrilla war have a long history throughout Latin America, think of Jesuit priests waging insurgent war against oligarchies sanctioned by the Catholic Church throughout Central-South America; the 1980’s saw the tip of a Russian spear in Nicaragua. Although the Soviet Union was collapsing, it was expanding rapidly while weakening internally. Only a Pole could implicitly know that Reagan’s political handlers sought to confirm, the edifice was collapsing.
Those with historical perspective know that Venezuela is Batista’s Cuba, and Castro is embodied by Iranian Shia and old Soviet handlers from Havana. Venezuela is Cuba writ large.
The sad story is simple, yet increasingly difficult to tell. The American’s really aren’t up for this fight, but the Tehran welcomes it. The tip of another spear faces north from Tehran beginning in Caracas.
As Robert Bartley’s own Mary Anastasia O’Grady has written, “an engagement strategy will fail“. What’s needed is a functioning State Department willing to do the Republic’s work. This is another ‘long war’ given Cuba’s nearly seventy-five year reign of sowing ideological revolution throughout the Caribbean, Central-South America. The Cuban’s rely on a cut rate Caracus petrol and illicit drug trafficking. By any account, their winning.
Team Trump has no ally at the Vatican with Pope Francis, this is very unfortunate given how U.S. policy architecture works through local alliances.
The fact remains that the local governing opposition party continues to display leadership. What Nicolas Maduro seeks now is July 30th elections effectively rewriting the Constitution ratifying Tehran & Havana’s spear moving north to Mexico.
I’m afraid to say it, but we should be tearing into Iranian proxies in Venezuela. Sadly, we don’t have the stomach for this fight.
O’Grady was right, for too long we’ve overlooked the atrocities of the police state reigning throughout Latin America, because of this, we now have Moscow and Tehran establishing firm beachheads in Latin America.
This won’t end well.