…. The United States should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people. We must condemn the use of violence against unarmed protesters and the suppression of dissent.
But we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups—as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil & the DR. The US has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American nations; we must not go down that road again".
He received some criticism by extremists.
I don't understand why any American can back the Maduro dictatorship.
And I don't get why anybody could be in favor of an armed US intervention,.
In view of the misery inflicted on the Venezuelan people by the authoritarian, corrupt, incompetent and grossly ineffective architects of the "Bolivarian" revolution, I believe it is a more than a little premature to trot out the largely exaggerated "inappropriate" (whatever that means) interventions of the United States Interventions in South American politics. While a case cam be made for the predatory US interventions in Mexico, the others listed all yielded better outcomes for the people of Chile & Brazil . The Central American Republics are a different issue - all socially divided, corrupt and ineffective. Though the main issues in each are internal and the responsibility of local elites, both Mexico and the United States have contributed to the disorder there, though often with good intentions.
With respect to Venezuela the United States has indeed supported the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people, and has done so despite the evident hostility of a tyrannical Venezuelan government that has engaged in actions directly threatening to the United States - though generally with the same incompetence that that done so much harm to the Venezuelan people.
The Chavez/Maduro regime has had the foresight to include senior military officers in the corruption, expropriation of property, criminal drug smuggling and related actions of the government. As a result it currently appears that the Venezuelan military will continue to support the hapless tyranny there. In addition there is the factor of the Cuban intelligence and police presence in Venezuela. Cuba depends economically on the large subsidies it gets from the Bolivarian government and is now intervening in Venezuelan affairs in a very direct way - though no one has addressed that. What may result from all this is as yet unclear, however, a very bloody uprising is a real possibility.
In these circumstances it seems appropriate for those who would trot out the litany of previous, peaceful US interventions in Chile & Brazil, to address just what should be the threshold for intervention in Venezuela.