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Venezuela Op-Ed
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United States LeafyIsHere 
Hey guys. I wrote a column that will be published in my school newspaper in the next week. I would appreciate your feedback so I can make edits before the final deadline. :) Freedom Must Ring In Venezuela In 1998, Hugo Chavez won the Venezuelan Presidential election on the promise of fighting political corruption, abandoning the free-market model, and resisting what he saw as “western imperialism”. Upon assuming office, he tore up the constitution and replaced it with his own- greatly consolidating his power. He used his newfound authority to pack the Supreme Court with loyalists, abolish the existing Congress, and replace it with his own rubber-stamp legislature called the National Assembly. Chavez also implemented radical and destructive policies such as nationalizing literally thousands of companies, hyperinflating the currency, and forcing excessive price controls on businesses. He may have sought to transform Venezuela into a Socialist utopia, but instead led it down the road to serfdom and autocracy. The wicked reign of Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, are directly responsible for the abject poverty and strife Venezuelans face. Things took a turn for the worst in 2010 as the economy collapsed under the burden of Chavez’s “populist” government. Because of bad monetary policy, the Venezuelan Bolivar has inflated by over 1,000,000 percent since the start of the economic crisis. Shelves remain empty as merchants are unwilling to sell goods below market value as the government mandates. According to the Brookings Institution, “Venezuela has really become the poster child for how the combination of corruption, economic mismanagement, and undemocratic governance can lead to widespread suffering, in a spreading humanitarian crisis”. People are starving, basic goods such as toilet paper are nowhere to be found, criminals run rampant in the city streets, and 3 million people have fled the country. In addition, the Maduro regime frequently bullies dissenters, cracks down on demonstrators, and forces the media to act as it’s propaganda outlet. In light of the state of their country, Venezuelans overwhelmingly voted for the opposition party in the 2015 National Assembly election. In response, Maduro once again defied the rule of law and began to ignore the National Assembly. The Supreme Court then formally stripped it of all its power and allowed Maduro to convene a new legislature. In May 2018, Maduro won re-election in a widely-boycotted contest. He disqualified any viable opposition candidate with bogus charges, forced the media to give him blanket coverage, and controlled votes by threatening to deny dissenters the food assistance they depend on. The National Assembly (which still existed ceremonially) declared the election fraudulent, and it’s leader, Juan Guaido, asserted himself as the interim President of Venezuela. Maduro’s theft of the election and Guaido’s defiance and promises of change inspired hundreds of thousands of people to march in the streets of Caracas, demanding an end to the regime. In January, the United States recognized Guaido as the legitimate president. The Treasury Department seized the assets of high-ranking Maduro officials, and the State Department cut all remaining diplomatic ties with the regime. Our government standing in solidarity with the people of Venezuela was long overdue. It is America’s responsibility as a great beacon of hope to make the world safe for democracy. We have a humanitarian obligation to help those who yearn for freedom whenever and wherever feasible. With that being said, America’s foreign policy is driven almost entirely by its strategic interest. It is very important to think carefully about whether or not intervention will actually benefit our country. Luckily, in addition to being the will of the Venezuelan people, regime change would also greatly benefit the United States. Since the Bolivarian Revolution, America’s adversaries have heavily influenced Venezuela in an attempt to undermine our interests- a blatant violation of the Monroe Doctrine. Cuba has a surprisingly powerful and sophisticated intelligence network that spans across the region. In Venezuela alone, there are an estimated 20,000 Cuban agents propping up the regime. They are also engaged in destabilizing other Latin countries in order to expand their influence. The Cuban government is also engaged in a massive drug trade, one that greatly affects the U.S. Weakening Cuba’s intelligence stronghold in the region would likely undermine its drug business as well. Russia would also suffer from a democratic transition. Maduro has reportedly recently agreed to allow Russia to build a military base on La Orchila Island. Such a base would have been able to support strategic nuclear bombers. Marudo being out of power could spare us another Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition, Russia would no longer be able to influence oil prices for themselves and Iran. On the other hand, the U.S. and its allies would once again be free to trade with and invest in Venezuela. Eastern Europe would also benefit because the absence of Russian leverage in the region could potentially open the door to NATO expansion. We must note, however, that regime change should not be spearheaded by the United States. Ultimately, this is primarily a Venezuelan issue, and the transition process should occur as the Venezuelan people see fit. We should flex our diplomatic and economic muscles in their aid, but direct military intervention should be off the table barring an extreme escalation.
2019-02-06 04:18
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Panama xemzex 
"Cuba has a surprisingly powerful and sophisticated intelligence network that spans across the region. In Venezuela alone, there are an estimated 20,000 Cuban agents propping up the regime." SEEMS LIKE CAPITALIST PROPAGANDA TO ME
2019-02-06 04:20
#6
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United States LeafyIsHere 
It's a known fact that Cuba punches well above its weight in the intel field.
2019-02-06 04:21
#7
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Panama xemzex 
Oink oink capitalist pig
2019-02-06 04:22
#10
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United States LeafyIsHere 
Pigs eat well, unlike socialists.
2019-02-06 04:23
#13
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Panama xemzex 
That's also capitalist propaganda
2019-02-06 04:24
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Mexico Ch4vez 
LMAO thats a good one +1
2019-02-06 04:28
neocon bullshit. if America wants to help normal Venezuelans, then lift the sanctions. that would give the most immediate relief. /thread.
2019-02-06 04:24
#11
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United States LeafyIsHere 
lmao no, the Venezuelan command economy would undermine that.
2019-02-06 04:23
American logic: >cause starvation in Venezuela by forcing onerous debt repayments. >claim to be doing so in order to help normal Venezuelans. :ralphwiggum: try again my self-deceiving friend. imperialism is never for the benefit of the people you oppress. let's be honest my controlled friend, if you took this line into your publication you would soon have a problem with your editor. even a school newspaper has trouble printing the truth. you will print the safe and approved message, because that is what most journalists today do. idk why you are asking us for our opinion!
2019-02-06 04:35
None of the braindead retards in your HS will even bother reading your well constructed article if you want to popular among retards entertain them don't just inform them like most widely available newspaper realize. If you're haven't realize d it yet the reason people read NYT instead of journals or the reports that they cite is because an information based essay isn't interesting for the avg dumbass who can barely sit still. Case in pint the average American highschooler.
2019-02-06 04:24
#14
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United States LeafyIsHere 
New article idea: 10 reasons why Maduro is big gay, number 4 will shock you
2019-02-06 04:25
Yeah that would get there attention
2019-02-06 04:27
#18
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United States litdabber21 
LMAOOOO I MIGHT HAVE TO MOVE TO EU
2019-02-06 04:30
i love how you did not mention that America's history of interference in Venezuela contributed to Chavez's elections. Failed to mention Juan Guaido's background of being educated in America and job experience working in the American dominated institution, the IMF. Headquartered in America. Quick to call Maduro a dictator, but no mention that Guaido's actions are in no way legal in his own country. Maduro controls all the institutions such as the Supreme Court. You can say Maduro is unfair, but Guaido's actions are completely extrajudicial. He is acting illegally, with American-led international backing. No mention of data related to measurements of support for Guaido in his country, whether they support American sanctions or their appetite for military intervention. Imperialist propaganda for an imperialist audience. Guaido is an American lackey. Just like you.
2019-02-06 04:56
Stoped reading at "Freedom Must Ring In Venezuela". Everywhere where "American democracy" arrived, those countries were and are still destroyed and devastated. Less American democracy = better world for everyone.
2019-02-06 04:56
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United States LeafyIsHere 
Tell that to Germany
2019-02-06 06:10
Your best example is GERMANY? Fucking germany? Why not look at literally any middle eastern or south american country the US has intervened in in the last 70 years? You don't know ANYTHING about history. The US has a long history of interfering in countries over the last 70 years. But since your shitty history classes skip from WW2 to 9/11 you don't know shit about what you're talking about. You are a fucking poison and your attempts to "educate" others without actually knowing anything yourself is what causes history to repeat itself and allows US imperialists to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
2019-02-11 19:28
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Brazil Mentecapto 
Just bomb their military to shit without any land incursions
2019-02-06 05:07
20000 cuban agents in venezuela? source on that?
2019-02-06 06:12
I'm sure your school paper will be perfectly happy with this vomit of pure imperialist propaganda. Venezuelans do not support US intervention or the current longstanding sanctions that have been imposed on them grayzoneproject.com/2019/01/29/venezuela.. >Cuba has a surprisingly powerful and sophisticated intelligence network that spans across the region. In Venezuela alone, there are an estimated 20,000 Cuban agents propping up the regime. They are also engaged in destabilizing other Latin countries in order to expand their influence. The Cuban government is also engaged in a massive drug trade, one that greatly affects the U.S. Weakening Cuba’s intelligence stronghold in the region would likely undermine its drug business as well. LOL >Since the Bolivarian Revolution, America’s adversaries have heavily influenced Venezuela in an attempt to undermine our interests- a blatant violation of the Monroe Doctrine. AHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH IMAGINE LIVING IN THE YEAR 2019. AND THINKING. THAT THE UNITED STATES. IS A VICTIM OF UNFAIR INTERVENTIONISM IN SOUTH AMERICA. > It is America’s responsibility as a great beacon of hope to make the world safe for democracy. We have a humanitarian obligation to help those who yearn for freedom whenever and wherever feasible. Elliott Abrams, the man named as America's special envoy for Venezuela, has a GREAT track record of freeing south american corpses. Except you don't even fucking know who that is. Stop talking about politics until you learn something about anything. The US has one responsibility in this situation-to remove its sanctions and let the Venezuelan people determine their own destiny.
2019-02-11 19:21
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