This news probably got lost in the shuffle for most of you because of that other thing that’s killing the news cycle, but we still have some foreign policy issues to deal with. One of them involves the rolling disaster that is Venezuela where the Nicolas Maduro brand of socialism has managed to collapse the once-thriving country into third world nation status. Is there a way to pull them out of this crisis? Maybe. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced a new plan this week that would see most of the sanctions on the country lifted and bring them back into the international fold. Of course, the plan relies on a few key points of progress which may strike observers as unlikely to say the least. (Associated Press)
The Trump administration is prepared to lift crippling sanctions on Venezuela in support of a new proposal to form a transitional government requiring both Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó to step aside in favor of a five-person governing council, U.S. officials said.
The one-page “Democratic Transition Framework for Venezuela” was presented Tuesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It echoes a proposal made over the weekend by Guaidó that shows how growing concerns about the coronavirus, which threatens to overwhelm the South American country’s already collapsed health system and economy, are reviving U.S. attempts to pull the military apart from Maduro.
“This framework can provide a path that ends the suffering and opens the path to a brighter future for Venezuela,” said Pompeo in Washington.
Let’s go over the major details. And just to try to put a positive spin on something (anything!) this week, let’s start with the most promising features of the proposal.