The international community – particularly Washington – has steered clear of confrontations with the irascible bully Hugo Chávez. However, failing to stand with the democratic elements in Venezuela today may consign that country to political turmoil under an illegitimate regime. read more
A prediction by US intelligence chief James Clapper that chavista candidate Nicolas Maduro will likely win Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela is so simplistic that it is misleading. “[W]ith a comfortable lead in the polls, Maduro is expected to win, … read more
Yesterday, we saw new evidence of the potential disaster that awaits the Venezuelan people if acting President Nicolas Maduro wins a full term in the April 14 special election. Maduro’s campaign speeches consist of goofy gestures, lame jokes, and trivial … read more
It’s no secret that Venezuela’s chavista regime has in its ranks — and at the very top of its security forces — individuals who are accomplices in narcotrafficking. The clearest examples include the president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello; … read more
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to testify before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation, and Trade. I was impressed by the intense interest of Subcommittee Chairman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) in … read more
Chavista Venezuelan candidate and de facto president Nicolas Maduro accused me recently of planning with the “Pentagon and CIA” to assassinate his democratic opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski. Of course, this is a baseless, malicious lie, but it should not be … read more
Amidst the excitement aroused by the election of a Latin American pope, many have highlighted the tense relationship between Pope Francis and Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner. As joyous Catholic Argentinians congregated in the cathedral of Buenos Aires to celebrate the … read more
Former president Jimmy Carter returned to the scene of the crime tonight, issuing a statement that heaps effusive praise on the legacy of dead Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Carter says: We came to know a man who expressed a vision to … read more
With the impending demise of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez, US policymakers should follow a rule that Chávez’s Cuban medical team ignored: Primum non nocere — First, do no harm. The State Department should set aside any plans that would legitimize … read more
Update, 5PM: Venezuela’s vice president has announced that Hugo Chávez is dead. Cancer-stricken Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez was returned secretly to Cuba last Friday for urgent medical attention, according to an article authored by Washington-based journalist Emily Blasco, published today by … read more
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