Why the Democrats can't be trusted

A Dixon

Friday, March 22, 2019

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Recently, the Democrats in the US House passed three Bills imposing further economic sanctions to add to the pressure by President Donald Trump to oust President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.

This is ironic because the Democrats have been arguing that Donald Trump cannot be trusted with the powers of commander-in-chief, but when he attempts to use his powers to engineer regime change in Venezuela they not only support him, but stand with him on the front line leading the charge.

They also have blamed the Russians for interfering with the 2016 election to help Trump, but see nothing wrong when he interferes in the internal affairs of Venezuela.

The former UN rapporteur to Venezuela Alfred de Zayas has said that the economic war against Venezuela violates international law and amounts to war crimes. This obviously makes no difference to Democrats who have not learned from the experience of Iraq, Syria and Libya when they supported military intervention with blind adherence and ended up on the wrong side of history.

More importantly, their support for regime change in Venezuela is also likely to land them on the wrong of the American voters.

A J Wallin Opinion Research poll in January 2018 showed that voters are largely sceptical of military intervention overseas with 86.4 per cent, saying the use of the American military should be a last resort. Furthermore, a Shen and Kriner poll in 2017 shows that Hillary Clinton's loss in 2016 was due to her hawkish foreign policy positions.

In 2019 the Democrats have still not realised that by supporting Trump in his aggressive policies against Venezuela they are acting against their own political interests, not only by adding to his credibility, but also militating against their chances of defeating him at the polls in 2020 by exposing themselves to attack for having double standards.


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