Venezuela’s problems are of its own making – inequality, corruption…
Venezuelans created this crisis, now they alone should be left to fix it by whatever means necessary. Venezuela has been on this path for many years, long before Chavez and Maduro came to power. The core problem has been gross economic inequality, corruption and a lack of public safety.
I visited Venezuela twice on reporting assignments, the last just before Chavez was elected. I found Caracas to be a model of modernity in many places, but the hillside slums were so dangerous not a single cab driver would take me there. There was a good deal of grumbling among the non-white masses who felt that the ruling white elite had run the nation simply to line their pockets. That unrest is what allowed Chavez to come to power.
American involvement in Latin America has rarely resulted in positive change.
Ricardo Chavira, NYT comment, Oz, Feb 21 2019