Friday, August 21, 2015

To Secretary Kerry, Venezuela is already a failed state thanks in part to the Castro regime in Cuba

American diplomat meets with head of  national assembly who allegedly moonlights as a drug dealer.

State Department's Thomas Shannon (far left) & Diosdado Cabello (far right)
Secretary of State John Kerry in an interview with journalist Andres Oppenheimer made it known that "the United States and Cuba are talking about ways to solve the Venezuelan crisis." Despite the decision of Venezuela's leadership to adopt the Cuban model contributing to the failure of Venezuela the United States is reaching out to the Castro regime in the belief that it can make a positive contribution. According to Secretary Kerry if the current Maduro regime fails Venezuela will become a refuge for terrorists and drug traffickers

This approach ignores some inconvenient facts.

First the Castro regime has been involved in drug trafficking for decades in the service of its ideological mission to undermine the United States with drugs and use the profits to fund guerrilla and terrorist movements. Raul Castro faced a federal indictment for drug trafficking in the 1990s but the Clinton administration quashed it. Despite ample evidence of continued bad acts the Obama administration took Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Second Venezuela under both Chavez and Maduro has become a refuge for terrorists and drug traffickers with the aid of Cuban state security agents. A high profile example is Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly and suspected by U.S. prosecutors of being in charge of the infamous drug-trafficking organization, "Cartel de los Soles". In spite of this Thomas Shannon, counselor to Secretary of State John Kerry met with Diosdado Cabello.

Taking the above into consideration leads to an unpleasant conclusion. Secretary John Kerry asking the Castro regime in Cuba to help in Venezuela today is like asking Jack the Ripper to help stop knife violence in London in 1888.


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