Hugo Chavez’ handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro, is have a rough transition. From the Washington Post:
With the economy stalling, inflation spiking andshortages spreading, the new president appears at a loss about how to respond, other than to blame domestic and foreign enemies. Nor has he been able to overcome a serious split in the Chavista movement between his own, Cuba-backed clique and another based in the military.
Perhaps most alarming for Mr. Maduro, an energized opposition has refused to accept the election outcome; its capable leader, Henrique Capriles, has been gaining sympathy around the region. The president of neighboring Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, met with Mr. Capriles on May 29, prompting paroxysms of rage from Mr. Maduro and his aides. Other Latin American governments, while avoiding a confrontation with Caracas, have made it clear they regard the new leader’s legitimacy as questionable; the regional group Unasur called for an audit of the election results.
Not to worry, Señor. Lurch to the rescue.
One government, however, has chosen to toss Mr. Maduro a lifeline: the United States. Last week Secretary of State John F. Kerry took time to meet Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua on the sidelines of an Organization of American States meeting, then announced that the Obama administration would like to “find a new way forward” with the Maduro administration and “quickly move to the appointment of ambassadors.” Mr. Kerry even thanked Mr. Maduro for “taking steps toward this encounter” — words that the state-run media trumpeted.
The editorial concludes
In short, this looks like a reset for the sake of reset, launched without regard for good timing or the cause of Venezuelan democracy.
Is anyone surprised? Sen. Kerry, along with Joe Biden, have a history of cozying up to Latin American leftists, and Sen. Kerry demonstrated affection for communists in North Vietnam back in the day. As for Barack Obama, he shares the Chavez-Maduro view of evil Amerika.
It’s amazing, isn’t it, that we aren’t hearing more about this decision in from our truth seeking LSM?