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  1. Profile photo of PHCheese Member

    John you didn’t mention that there is an estimated 15-20 thousand Cubans running around Venezuela. IMHO Maduro is a puppet of Castro. No good will come of Venezuela without the ouster of the Cubans which will not happen without outside intervention.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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  2. Profile photo of Joe P Member

    That Nehru suit in the video preview is fugly.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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  3. Profile photo of Boss Mongo Member

    Great interview and observations, Sir John. But your post title gets it exactly backward.

    Ricochet Editors' Desk: Venezuela’s Collapse into Socialism

    It should read: Venezuela Adopts Socialism, Collapses.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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    It’s collapsing into the hands of Russia.
    http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/VENEZUELA-RUSSIA-OIL/010050DS0W3/index.html

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    • August 12, 2017 at 3:28 am
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  5. Profile photo of I Walton Member

    As Cheese says, Venezuela is run by Cubans, originally I think they took it over in order to have a place to escape to after the Castro’s died, but oil prices collapsed and it’s not sustainable without the foreign exchange printing press oil provides. That’s just speculation on my part which I concluded over a decade ago after talking to former senior government officials, including a Cuban agent pretending to be a refugee. Now it’s a criminal enterprise with it’s alternative personal income from narcotics. It’s in league with El Salvador, Surinam, and gangs thought the rest of the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, and of course the FARC in Colombia. Coordinated by the Cubans. The whole peace process President Santos got the Nobel prize for was a conspiracy to legitimize an urban political arm of FARC and give the defeated FARC a chance to recuperate and get drug production back up. It succeeded and Colombia is practically in a civil war (political like ours) over the Uribistas and Santos. Now that Russia is taking over their oil both in Venezuela and ultimately Citgo in the US the criminal enterprise is global and includes Iran and Hamas. The idea of imposing sanctions is just silly. There should be indictments under our drug laws for most of them, then we need to arrest and if necessary snatch them. We should be working with the OAS detailing what is going on with narcotics and violence preparing support for something besides useless sanctions. Sanctions no matter how crafted ultimately will harm everyone even those who are already starving. This is serious and it’s not in the news because our media doesn’t want to admit what socialism does, doesn’t understand or care about Latin America, conservatives just don’t like the whole continent and both parties couldn’t be bothered. The Dems were going to turn it into the US and couldn’t because they’re so clueless and drowned out any counter voices. So the general attitude is to hell with it.

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    • August 12, 2017 at 3:53 am
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  6. Profile photo of PHCheese Member

    I Walton (View Comment):
    As Cheese says, Venezuela is run by Cubans, originally I think they took it over in order to have a place to escape to after the Castro’s died, but oil prices collapsed and it’s not sustainable without the foreign exchange printing press oil provides. That’s just speculation on my part which I concluded over a decade ago after talking to former senior government officials, including a Cuban agent pretending to be a refugee. Now it’s a criminal enterprise with it’s alternative personal income from narcotics. It’s in league with El Salvador, Surinam, and gangs thought the rest of the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, and of course the FARC in Colombia. Coordinated by the Cubans. The whole peace process President Santos got the Nobel prize for was a conspiracy to legitimize an urban political arm of FARC and give the defeated FARC a chance to recuperate and get drug production back up. It succeeded and Colombia is practically in a civil war (political like ours) over the Uribistas and Santos. Now that Russia is taking over their oil both in Venezuela and ultimately Citgo in the US the criminal enterprise is global and includes Iran and Hamas. The idea of imposing sanctions is just silly. There should be indictments under our drug laws for most of them, then we need to arrest and if necessary snatch them. We should be working with the OAS detailing what is going on with narcotics and violence preparing support for something besides useless sanctions. Sanctions no matter how crafted ultimately will harm everyone even those who are already starving. This is serious and it’s not in the news because our media doesn’t want to admit what socialism does, doesn’t understand or care about Latin America, conservatives just don’t like the whole continent and both parties couldn’t be bothered. The Dems were going to turn it into the US and couldn’t because they’re so clueless and drowned out any counter voices. So the general attitude is to hell with it.

    Indeed!

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    • August 12, 2017 at 5:04 am
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