by Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
What should we make of the situation in Venezuela? Is this really something the United States should be involved in, or is it just another in a string of American buttinskies, injecting ourselves into a nation’s internal struggle?
While many on the right are cheering the most recent coup attempt to overthrow the current Thug-in-Chief, Nicholas Maduro, by Juan Guaidó, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s just another case of replacing the devil we know with the devil we don’t.
In the post “Arab Spring” era, America successfully assisted in deposing several Middle East strongman dictators, in a misguided attempt to somehow “democratize” the region.
Recall that it was the purpose of both the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. We know the stated purposes were to kill bin Laden and wipe out stock piles of WMD, respectively. But I have contended all along that real purpose of both campaigns was to surround the real enemy and cut off the head of the snake – the snake being Iran, which is sandwiched between the two nations. Our naïve political leaders on both sides of the aisle believed we could turn these sand pits into Jeffersonian democracies, leaving the Iranian people to see the success and rise up against the mullahs.
We can all agree that these dictators were all very bad guys, but what did all our meddling achieve? As we know, it worked out great – in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, etc. Everyone gravitated toward and adopted democracy. Just kidding. It worked in exactly zero places.