New Sanctions Turn the Screws on Venezuela’s Maduro

Townhall|Ken Blackwell- Vladimir Putin relishes using Russia’s political and economic power to destabilize and disrupt nations. One example of such activity is in Venezuela, where Russia has been propping up dictator Nicolas Maduro through billions in loans and buying oil with the Russian company Rosneft.

Maduro is one of the most brutal dictators of our time, and the Trump administration is actively working to oust him from power. Millions of citizens have fled Venezuela. The country is overrun with violent drug cartels, Russian and Cuban military units operate freely within the country. Maduro’s government now runs on illegal sources of income such as gold mining, which destroys Venezuela’s environment and widespread drug trafficking, which has brought in many bad players, including Hezbollah, further destabilizing the nation. Venezuela’s legitimate economy and social structure have almost completely collapsed.

In a new effort to get tough on Maduro, the president’s team recently imposed economic sanctions on Rosneft Oil to thwart Russia’s efforts to help Maduro. It’s a smart move.

9 Comments on New Sanctions Turn the Screws on Venezuela’s Maduro

  1. wait, that doesn’t make sense, I thought putin and trump were best buds?
    hillary what’s going on here, you said putin wants trump re-elected?
    were you lying to me?

  2. It’s not so much that I want to see Maduro killed, it’s that WHEN he’s killed I want it to be public, humiliating, slow, and painful. Is that asking too much?

  3. As Bernie claims, breadlines are good – but Venezuela is now apparently too screwed up to even manage breadlines.


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