American Thinker: The crazy left in Congress, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been quick to blame U.S. sanctions for Venezuela’s starvation and misery. After all, what better way to Blame America First?
Well, now we got some news about just who’s about to get sanctioned and why from today’s Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. is preparing measures ranging from criminal charges to sanctions against people it believes to be involved in Venezuela’s military-run emergency food program, according to U.S. officials, part of an effort to target what they describe as a large-scale money-laundering operation run by the government.
Here are the revolting details:
Through the alleged money-laundering networks, some of these people amassed large sums in overseas accounts, as well as U.S. real estate, yachts and airplanes, according to a senior U.S. Treasury official. Venezuela’s economy has collapsed in recent years, causing widespread malnutrition and hyperinflation.
Yet less than three weeks ago, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) blamed Venezuela’s misery not on the vile and thieving government, but on U.S. sanctions. According to this report in the Independent, citing far-left radio program Democracy Now!, Omar put it this way:
“You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today,” Ms Omar said.
She continued: “This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States.”
There was also this bunch of socialist apologists from Congress writing a group letter, as reported by AFP: