Venezuela is closer geographically than, and at least as important to the United States as, Ukraine. Yet the persistently blurred focus of the Obama Administration has been far less on violent Cuban inspired repression in Venezuela than on Russian repression in Ukraine.
Here’s a new presentation by Senator Rubio on the continuing mess in Venezuela:
The constitutional crisis in Venezuela has apparently been far less disturbing to the Obama Administration, and to the “legitimate” media, than the less violent mess in Ukraine. It has drawn far less media attention than the disappearance of Malaysian flight 370, coverage of which has been extensive and continuous but abysmally uninformed. Here’s the best analysis of the disappearance of Flight 370 that I have found; it highlights the persistently incompetent media coverage.
Perhaps the relative lack of media coverage of the crisis in Venezuela is a good thing.
Is the Obama Administration trying to convince Europeans that it is capable of standing up to Russia?
It won’t work. How about trying to convince Latin American nations that we still care about what’s happening there? Perhaps even that, despite President Obama’s inability significantly to affect happenings in Ukraine, we remain more important to Latin American nations than substantially smaller, poorer and less powerful Venezuela?
Does President Obama prefer the Cuban model of Governance, that el Presidente Chávez adopted and el Presidente Maduro has extended, to Putin’s model of Russian Governance? It seems so. Or is He just blowing soap bubbles in hopes that His declining numbers of admirers will be sufficiently impressed with His ability to do at least that?